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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Oct. 13

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

WEEK OF OCT. 13-19
All Times Mountain

Fri, Oct. 15 @ New Jersey (5:00 p.m.)
Sat, Oct. 16 @ NY Islanders (5:00 p.m.)
Mon, Oct. 18 @ NY Rangers (5:00 p.m.)

They Said It...
“I had the feeling last year or a couple years ago that I was eventually going to switch, but I knew I needed a whole summer to adjust. It just doesn’t happen overnight.”

-Assistant captain Paul Stastny, on the thought process he went through when deciding to abandon his wood stick for a graphite model

Photo of the Week

Stat Of The Week

After recording a pair of assists in both Thursday’s season opener against Chicago and Monday’s loss in Philadelphia, John-Michael Liles became the first defenseman in Avalanche history to post consecutive multi-point games to open a season.

The last defenseman in franchise history to accomplish the feat was Quebec Nordiques blueliner Kerry Huffman in 1992-92.

Avalanche All-Access

This week on Avalanche All Access, we go behind the scenes of the 1996 Stanley Cup team reunion with a 1-hour special.  We interview key players such as Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.  We also give a behind the scenes look at the dinner at the Chop House with the 1996 and 2010 teams, and of course we cover the on-ice reunion itself.

The Avalanche continues its early season five-game road trip this week. After starting out the road swing with a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia and a 5-4 shootout win in Detroit, Colorado will now play three games in four days against the three New York metropolitan-area teams.

The Avalanche kicks off the weekend with a set of back-to-back games, facing the New Jersey Devils on Friday evening and the New York Islanders on Saturday night. It will mark the second of Colorado’s 14 scheduled back-to-backs already this season, as the Avalanche also faced Philadelphia (Monday) and Detroit (Tuesday) in a similar situation earlier in the week.

Colorado will finish off the road trip with a contest against the New York Rangers on Monday. That will bring the five-game trip to an end, as Colorado returns home for contests against San Jose (Thursday) and Los Angeles (Saturday) next week.

The Avalanche, which is 1-1 on the five-game road trip thus far, is hoping that its heavy travel load early in the season provides the same type of bonding experience it did a year ago. After two games at home to start the 2009-10 campaign, Colorado went 4-1-2 on a very successful seven-game road trip that proved to be a major contributing factor towards an eventual postseason berth.

On the Opening Night of the 2010-11 NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche welcomed back its 1996 Stanley Cup Championship team to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the state’s first major professional sports championship.

During an on-ice pre-game ceremony, 20 members of the 1996 team were honored by the Avalanche for their accomplishment.

Now, you can own a jersey worn by a member of the 1996 Stanley Cup team on that night. The Avalanche, in conjunction with, is giving fans the opportunity to bid on sweaters that were donned by Avalanche legends such as Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg during the ceremony.

Each jersey has been autographed and authenticated by The MeiGray Group, with proceeds from the auction benefitting Kroenke Sports Charities. Your support of the 1996 Stanley Cup Championship Reunion Auction helps to provide health, education, literacy and fitness programs for thousands of children in Colorado.

The auction will run through Oct. 26. Click here to see the available items and make a bid today.

-One of the few players still using a wood stick has finally switched to graphite. That’s right, Avalanche assistant captain Paul Stastny has officially made the change. In his first regular season game with the graphite stick, Stastny scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime

-Did you miss last week’s reunion celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the Avalanche’s 1995-96 Stanley Cup Championship team? If so, you can watch the video that was played at Pepsi Center to honor the club

-Also, be sure to check out an interview with Patrick Roy and a brief recap of the evening’s festivities, courtesy of VERSUS

-Pepsi Center hosted some of the top sled hockey players in the nation last weekend, and the Colorado Avalanche squad came out on top. View a photo gallery from the unique event

-And while you’re checking out photos, take a few minutes to look at pictures from the 1996 Stanley Cup reunion ceremony on Opening Night as well as the reunion dinner the night before

-The NHL and its 30 clubs will take part in a unique initiative with “Rock and Wrap It Up!” to fight hunger across the United States and Canada.  Every team in the league will pack up all prepared but unsold concession food on game nights for redistribution to local shelters and places of need

-You may have seen some of the “Questions Will Be Answered” promos running for different teams across the League. Watch the Avalanche’s 30-second promo here

-The NHL became the first professional sports league with a full-time, dedicated presence on Foursquare, providing fans with another social touchpoint with which to interact with the League

-If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) to keep updated on the latest news from your favorite team

-Be sure to check back to on Thursday to view the first “Avalanche Mailbag” of the season. Every other week during the season we take some of the best fan questions we receive directly to the players, who in turn will respond to you, the fans

-On Friday, we’ll post three finalists for the Avalanche’s “Play of the Week” competition, which will run each week during the regular season. Fan votes will decide the winner every week, with the top play gaining an automatic entry into a year-end “Play of the Year” tournament

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