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Bowers Determined To Display His Skill

The forward was acquired by Colorado in a three-team trade on Nov. 5, 2017

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

It was a typical Sunday night in a Boston University dorm room for Shane Bowers.

Well, it was until he found out he was involved in a mid-season, three-team trade and he was now a part of the Colorado Avalanche organization.

The Avs acquired the young forward as well as Samuel Girard, Andrew Hammond, Vladislav Kamenev and three draft picks in the deal that saw Matt Duchene go to the Ottawa Senators and Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 5.

"A couple of my buddies on my team at BU, we were sitting in the dorm, I think we were watching a movie or something," he said of what he was doing when the trade occurred. "We saw on twitter that Duchene had been traded. He left the ice, and actually the guy I was with was Nashville property and we saw it was a three-way deal. We were joking around saying, 'Imagine if we were all swapped for each other.'

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Eagles Announce 2018-19 AHL Schedule

Colorado set to play 68 games as a member of the Pacific Division

by Colorado Eagles @ColoradoEagles /

The Colorado Eagles, proud AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, have officially announced the team's 2018-19 regular season schedule. The season will officially kick off when Colorado plays host to the Chicago Wolves on Friday, October 5th at 7:05pm at the Budweiser Events Center.

The Eagles schedule features a 68-game regular season, with Colorado playing 34 games at home and 34 on the road. The home portion of the schedule will feature nine different teams playing at the Budweiser Events Center, including seven teams who will be making their first appearance at the BEC.

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Eagles Face Chicago Wolves To Open 2018-19 Season

Colorado gets set for its first campaign in the American Hockey League

by Colorado Eagles @ColoradoEagles /

The Colorado Eagles, proud AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, announced on Tuesday that the team will open the 2018-19 AHL regular season with a match-up against the Chicago Wolves on Friday, October 5th at 7:05pm at the Budweiser Events Center. The meeting will officially kick-off the Eagles inaugural season as members of the American Hockey League.

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Eagles To Host San Jose Barracuda In Pair Of Preseason Contests

The Eagles will be the Avalanche's AHL affiliate next season

by Colorado Eagles /

The Colorado Eagles, proud affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, have announced that the team will face the San Jose Barracuda in a pair of preseason games which will take place on September 28th and 29th at the Budweiser Events Center. Both games are slated to start at 7:05pm.

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Avalanche Signs Martin Kaut

2018 first-round draft pick inks entry-level contract

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Martin Kaut to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kaut was selected by the Avalanche with the 16th overall pick at the NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22.

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Prospects Get Firefighter Training on Last Day of Development Camp

The Avalanche rookies worked with the Poudre Fire Authority

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Being a hockey player can be a tough job, but it's nothing compared to that of first responders.

The Colorado Avalanche prospects got a small taste of what it takes to put one's life in harm's way on Monday as the team concluded its 2018 development camp. The players went through a short training session with local firefighters in the morning at the Poudre Fire Authority Training Facility in Northern Colorado.

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Prospects Face Off in 3-on-3 Game at Development Camp

Team White defeats Team Burgundy in Fort Collins

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche wrapped up the final day of on-ice work at its 2018 development camp with a 3-on-3 game on Sunday evening.

The highly-anticipated contest for the Avs' prospects and camp invitees took place in front of a capacity crowd at the Edora Pool and Ice Center (EPIC), roughly 12 miles north from the Budweiser Events Center--the home of the Colorado Eagles, the team that some of the players might play for next season in the American Hockey League. In the game, Team White never trailed and defeated Team Burgundy 9-5.

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Avs Mix It Up On Second Day Of Development Camp

Prospects go from the ice to the spinning studio

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--For nearly 12 hours a day, it's all about hockey and picking up the skills to help make it to the NHL. That is what the first few days have been like for Colorado Avalanche prospects at the team's annual development camp.

"Take it hour by hour here. They're long days, so you got to survive each hour and stick together and have some fun," said forward Travis Barron, a veteran in his third development camp. "We're going to have lunch and then I think go to a spin class."

The Avs prospects wrapped up the second day of on-ice work early Saturday afternoon at Family Sports Center with much of the same stuff they did the previous day in the A.M. session: an hour and a half on the ice doing skill work and power skating. They also had a gym workout and a nutrition class.

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Getting To Know: Sampo Ranta

The left wing was Colorado's third selection at this summer's draft

by Saber Bufton /

Sampo Ranta was selected 78th overall in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward will play in the Big 10 for the University of Wisconsin next season. 

Before committing to the Badgers, the Naantali, Finland, native played the past two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers. Ranta tallied 37 points (23 goals and 14 assists) in 53 games this past campaign. Ranta was also a part of Finland's U-18 World Championship team that won gold, putting up a goal and an assist in seven games. 

He recently talked with at the team's development camp about being drafted and getting ready for the upcoming season.

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Kaut Showcasing Skill After Health Scare

Avalanche 2018 first-round draft choice had heart surgery before being picked

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Scouting Combine is draft-eligible prospects' last chance to make an impression on the 31 NHL teams prior to the summer draft. Martin Kaut didn't really get a chance to do that.

While the week-long combine in May features several days of interviews with NHL clubs, it ends with the players going through tough fitness tests with thousands of eyes on them from general managers, scouts and training staffs. The prospects have to first get cleared medically to participate, and that's where Kaut found out that he had an issue with his heart.

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