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Q&A: JT Compher

by Derek Marshall / Colorado Avalanche

The new season is right around the corner and ColoradoAvalanche.com will be profiling several Avs prospects as they prepare for the 2015-16 campaign.

First up is JT Compher, who took the time to sit down and chat during the Avalanche's development camp in July. Selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (No. 35 overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Compher was acquired by Colorado in a trade on June 26, 2015. The Northbrook, Illinois, native is going into his junior season at the University of Michigan, which also marks his first as team captain.

JT Compher

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: During the summer I like to play a lot of golf. I’ll go out to play softball every once in awhile, just trying to be active. Obviously when you get done training for the day, you want to hang out for a bit and get outside and go fishing, golfing or whatever else there is to do outdoors.

Q: Who was your favorite hockey player growing up?

A: My first favorite player growing up was Mike Modano, but when Jonathan Toews got to Chicago he kind of took his spot.

Q: What do you think about Denver so far?

A: It’s nice. We got to go downtown and have dinner at a nice place [during development camp]. I’ve heard really good things about the city from friends and family once I got traded.

Q: What has been your favorite hockey memory so far?

A: I won a gold medal when I was a junior in high school at the U-18 World Championship. That was a pretty cool memory.

Q: How has it been having Red Berenson as your coach at Michigan?

A: I mean he is obviously a legend. He has been there for a very long time. He is someone that has so much experience, and he has been in so many different situations. He is a funny guy for his age, just the way he handles himself.

Q: If you could play another sport other than hockey, which one would it be?

A: I’d be a baseball player and try and play in the MLB.

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