The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Friday that goaltender Jose Theodore will start in Saturday night’s season opener for the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters to complete his rehabilitation. He will return to Colorado on Sunday.
“Jose is in the final stages of his rehabilitation work and both our hockey staff and he agreed that actual game action would be the way to complete this process,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere.
The Lake Erie Monsters will kick off their inaugural season on Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland after signing a long-term affiliation agreement with the Avalanche.
The new Cleveland franchise was previously operated as the Utah Grizzlies before their AHL franchise rights were purchased by a group led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, in May of 2006.
The history of hockey in Cleveland dates back to the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League, which played in the city from 1936-1972. The club was one of the most successful teams in AHL history, winning 10 division titles and nine Calder Cups during that span, both unsurpassed AHL records. After two years in the National Hockey League (1976-78) and another 14 seasons with both the International Hockey League and the AHL from 1992-2006, the American Hockey League returns to Cleveland for the 2007-08 season.