The Colorado Avalanche acquired left wing JT Compher from the Buffalo Sabres on June 26, 2015. The 6-foot, 182-pound Illinois native captained the University of Michigan Wolverines during the 2015-16 season, helping his club make it all the way to the NCAA Regional Final before his junior campaign concluded. Compher had a career year, collecting 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in 38 games, which also put him second in scoring in the Big Ten and first in assists (47), assists per game (1.24), power-play assists (19) and points (24), and plus/minus rating (+35).
Compher also represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where he registered three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 games at the tournament.
ColoradoAvalanche.com sat down with Compher shortly after one of the on-ice sessions at Avalanche development camp.
How has Denver been so far?
"It's awesome. I came out here last Tuesday to get a little extra work in, but so far camp has been a lot of fun and what I've seen in the city I've really liked. I was here last summer for development camp for about a week, and I got to go around the city then, but now it's a little different being part of the organization."
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What's your usual pregame meal or snack?
"Mostly just pasta with meat sauce or red sauce and chicken with some salad. Then I usually have a bagel with peanut butter right before the game."
Do you have a pregame or postgame routine?
"Somewhat. I listen to some of the same songs and wake up around the same time, but I'm not overly superstitious. After the game, a lot of guys do some stretching and use the cold tub or something like that. So I usually do that a little bit and then get some sleep."
What kind of music do you listen to before a game?
"I do a little bit of EDM and then a little bit of Rap."
What is your favorite offseason hobby?
"I like to golf. I play a few times a week. I played with Cody Corbett, who I stayed with last week, and then Will Butcher and I went to TopGolf."
What is the most used app on your phone?
"I’d say Twitter and Instagram, for sure. I like to see whats going on on Twitter, especially for hockey. In the offseason, you get to see where guys have signed and been traded over the last couple of weeks, so it's awesome. And with Instagram, it's nice to see what friends and family are up to."
What is one of your favorite road traditions with your team?
"When we were younger, we used to play knee hockey, but now it’s a little more relaxed when we go on the road, more sleeping."
What's your favorite tv show?
"Thats a good question... I'm a big Entourage fan."
What would you do if you didn't play hockey?
"I would love to play golf as much as possible, but I was a Business major at the University of Michigan. So I’d probably go finish my degree and do something with that."
How did you start playing hockey?
"Nobody in my family ever played hockey, but one of my friends in preschool asked me to come try it, and I seemed to like it."