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Sixth Annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive Set For Sept. 9

Community invited to donate new or gently-used sports equipment at Pepsi Center

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The sixth annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive, presented by KeyBank, will be held at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Rav4 Parking Lot. Event co-founders, Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child, invite the public to support underprivileged children in their desire to participate in sports by dropping off new and gently-used sports equipment and monetary donations at this event.

Local representatives from the major sports teams, including the Colorado Avalanche, will be in attendance to help thank the community for their contribution to the cause.

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Getting To Know: Andrei Mironov

The Russian is preparing for his first season in North America

by Matt Shwayder / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Andrei Mironov was the Colorado Avalanche's fifth selection (fourth round, 101st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, which was held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The left-handed defenseman stands at 6-foot-3 and 194 pounds and has played the last five years with Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. 

A native of Moscow, Russia, Mironov has spent his entire hockey career playing in the Dynamo Moscow system learning the ropes of what it means to play professional hockey. This past season with Dynamo, he had one goal and three assists (four points) in 18 regular-season games before chipping in three helpers in nine postseason contests. Colorado signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract on May 12.

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Makar Excited To Develop At UMass

The Avalanche's 2017 first-round draft pick will be among the 11 freshmen on the Minutemen's roster next season

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It has been all smiles for Cale Makar since June 23 when he was drafted fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche.

The 18-year-old, fresh off a stellar season with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, is looking forward to his future in hockey and developing his game. While being drafted No. 4 is an accomplishment, that doesn't mean he can't keep pushing to improve.

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Avalanche Announces 2017 Training Camp Schedule

Colorado begins the on-ice portion of camp on Sept. 15

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will hold its 2017 training camp Sept. 14-16, the team announced on Tuesday.

Colorado opens its 22nd camp with veterans reporting for medical and physical testing on Thursday, Sept. 14. The on-ice portion of camp will take place the following two days, Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, at South Suburban Family Sports Center in Centennial.

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Rookie Rewind: Tyson Jost

Jost shined bright for Avs after a stellar season at the University of North Dakota

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling players who just completed their rookie seasons with the organization. This installment takes a look at forward Tyson Jost.

Tyson Jost is on track to follow his offseason plan to get stronger, faster and be NHL ready for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pound forward is coming off a stellar season with the University of North Dakota and a short six-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche to finish off the campaign. He also had an honorable showing at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship with Team Canada.

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Rookie Rewind: A.J. Greer

The 20-year-old made a great first impression in 2016-17

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling players who just completed their rookie seasons with the organization. This installment takes a look at forward A.J. Greer.

A.J. Greer had quite the road of development leading up to his NHL debut this past season with the Colorado Avalanche.

Here is a look at how he got there.

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Toninato Has Opportunity With Avs

Minnesota Duluth's captain signed with Colorado as a college free agent

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When it comes to college free agents on the NHL's open market, deciding where to sign is more often about the opportunity to play and grow as a hockey player than location or money.

Sometimes coming home or playing for one's childhood favorite team is appealing, but with young players only able to make so much on entry-level contracts, having the best chance to make it to the NHL is usually what drives the decision-making process.

University of Minnesota Duluth alum Dominic Toninato saw that chance to compete for a job with the Colorado Avalanche and took it, signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the team on Wednesday.

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Getting To Know: Adam Werner

The goaltender was the main man between the pipes for Bjorkloven last season

by Matt Shwayder / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Adam Werner was the team's fourth selection (fifth round, 131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The left-handed-catching netminder stands at a towering 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 198 pounds.

A native of Mariestad, Sweden, Werner played 25 games last year and recorded a 2.98 goals-against average and .892 save percentage with IF Bjorkloven in the Swedish Allsvenskan league, Sweden's second-highest pro league. He was also on his country's squad for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Avalanche Signs Toninato

College free agent inks entry-level deal

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15.

Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and finished with a team-high +25 plus/minus rating, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

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Burgundy/White Game Set For Sept. 17

The annual event returns to the University of Denver for a fourth straight year

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m.

DU will host the event for the fourth consecutive year and for the eighth time overall, more than any other location. Magness Arena was also the site of the contest in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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