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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Oct. 6

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

WEEK OF OCT. 6-12
All Times Mountain

Thu, Oct. 7 vs. Chicago (7:35 p.m.)
Mon, Oct. 8 @ Philadelphia (5:00 p.m.)
Tue, Oct. 12 @ Detroit (5:30 p.m.)



They Said It...
"We're going to come out rocking and rolling. To have those guys in the building puts a lot of pressure on you, but also gives you motivation."

-Defenseman Kyle Quincey, on having the 1996 Stanley Cup team in Pepsi Center on Opening Night


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Avalanche All-Access
Altitude Sports & Entertainment will be running its Avalanche All-Access Season Preview show through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Kyle Keefe, Mike Haynes and Peter McNab are in studio to break down the upcoming Avalanche season.  Julie Browman examines the “5 Burning Questions” facing the Avs this season.  Also, Marc Moser sits down with head coach Joe Sacco to discuss “Year 2” under the coach.  Brian Engblom also stops by the studio to break down the teams to watch in the Western and Eastern Conferences.

Click here for a complete listing of broadcast times


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I. THE STORYLINE
Can you think of a better way to open the season? The Colorado Avalanche will begin the 2010-11 campaign by hosting the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center on Thursday. Not only will the Avs be the first team to host the Hawks in a regular season game since Chicago claimed the Stanley Cup title, but the game will also be televised nationally on VERSUS and will feature what’s sure to be a show-stopping reunion of the Avalanche’s 1996 Stanley Cup Championship squad.

II. WHAT’S ON TAP
As mentioned, the Avalanche will begin the season by hosting Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and the rest of the Blackhawks on Thursday at Pepsi Center (8:00 p.m.). The Blackhawks were in the headlines for a big chunk of the offseason, due in large part to the roster changes they were forced to undergo as a result of salary cap issues. While the club was able to keep its superstars in the fold, it lost much of its supporting cast, including Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien and Antti Niemi. No small losses, to be sure.

The string of big games continues on Monday, when the Avalanche will travel to Philly to take on the Eastern Conference Champion Flyers. Yes, that means the Avalanche’s first two games of the regular season will come against last year’s Stanley Cup finalists.

One night after playing the Flyers, the Avs will head to Motown for a Tuesday evening tilt against the Detroit Red Wings.  Needless to say, the Avalanche won’t exactly be “easing into” the season.

III. NEWS OF THE WEEK
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware that there will be some special visitors at Pepsi Center on Opening Night.

The Avalanche will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the 1995-96 Stanley Cup championship team with a special two-day reunion, which culminates on Thursday when the coaches and players from that squad will be honored with a pre-game ceremony.

The puck doesn't drop until approximately 8:00 p.m., but be sure to be in your seats at 7:35 p.m. for the pre-game ceremony.

Lest you forget (or if you’re a young Avalanche fan), the 1995-96 season was the Avalanche’s first campaign in Denver after relocating from Quebec. In their first year in the Mile High City, the Avs posted a 47-25-10 regular-season record and then defeated the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings en route to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. There, they swept the upstart Florida Panthers in four games to claim Colorado’s first major professional sports championship.

Twenty six players and staff members from that 1996 squad will be in attendance for the Oct. 6-7 reunion.

IV. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
-Joe Sakic and Claude Lemieux were recently on a conference call to talk about the 15-year reunion of the Avalanche’s 1996 Stanley Cup team. Previously, Peter Forsberg was on a conference call to discuss the same subject.

Sakic, Lemieux on 15-Year Reunion
Peter Forsberg On The 15-Year Reunion

-We also have a sprawling feature on the 1996 Stanley Cup champions

-Pepsi Center will host some of the top sled hockey players in the nation this weekend, and you can watch free of charge

-In case you missed it somehow, check out Matt Duchene’s incredible shootout goal from the Burgundy/White Game

-Altitude is now available in HD full-time for Comcast customers throughout Colorado

V. AROUND THE LEAGUE
-The NHL Network announced on Monday that they will carry 78 live games this season in high-definition, including Colorado’s Nov. 25 contest at Edmonton.

-Watch this NHL video about the rule changes implemented for the 2010-11 campaign

-The NHL has unveiled a new, enhanced GameCenter Live for the 2010-11 season. New features include the ability to choose which broadcast feed you listen to (home or away), as well as a broadened classic games library.

VI. ODDS AND ENDS
-Check out some great photos taken by Michael Martin at the Avalanche’s Annual Charity Golf Classic, hosted at The Ridge at Castle Pines North

-For even more on the Avalanche, be sure to follow us on the team’s official Facebook page. There, you’ll find photos, video and unique contests


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