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#AvsTwitterPsychic: 7,000+ Thank Yous!

It all started with a few tweets a little over two years ago.

And then it became kind of a thing.

Let’s review a quick history of #AvsTwitterPsychic and how we’ve gotten from there to here.

Late in the 2012-2013 season I began calling goals before games.  Just having some fun and hoping things would work out.  A few of my picks ended up being correct and @AvsPodcast followers began to notice.  I can track where the hashtag started down to the actual tweet.  It was during this conversation with @MattyHernAvs in early January of 2013.

 

ATP Star

A game was born.

We went through the rest of that season playing some ATP during overtimes.  Just having some fun.

Then, at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season, we kicked it up a notch.  Choose who scores the first good hockey goal for the Avalanche and get a retweet after the game.  Simple and easy.  The game within the game.  Just a way for people to enjoy Avalanche hockey a little more (whether our team won or lost) as well as a way for Avs fans to get connected with other Avs fans.

I honestly never thought we would get to where we are.

We played for a season and things went great.  Many people played, shared, spread the word, and grew the game.  I wasn’t tracking the hashtag last season at all.  A pilot season for ATP, if you will.

Even though it took the Avalanche until their third game to score a good hockey goal this season, we still played and had a good time.  That’s what it’s all about.

And then, on December 13, 2014, just after I posted a morning tweet about playing #AvsTwitterPsychic for that night’s Avs/Blues game things got serious.

Whoa.  I never thought that would happen.  Ever.

My buddy Tedd summed things up quite well just after the tweet from the Avalanche’s Twitter feed.  

Some games later the Avs made another #AvsTwitterPsychic pick and chose Nathan Mackinnon.  29 just happened to score the first good hockey goal for the Avalanche that game.  The Avs, on their own, then contacted five other people who also chose 29 and sent them Nathan MacKinnon signed pucks.  How cool is that?

Fast forward to now.

During the 2014-2015 season the #AvsTwitterPsychic hashtag was used on Twitter almost 7,300 times.  That’s a little less than 100 posts a game.  More and more people are playing, including the Avalanche’s Twitter feed every once in a while, and more and more Avs fans are connecting with one another.  (There are some fans that know about the game and don’t play for superstitious reasons.  I get that.  They’re still connected though and that’s all that matters.)

In case you’re curious, here are the official ATP stats for the season.  I was nervous for a while that <Curse Word> (also known as a shutout) was going to be the season leader, but then Jarome Iginla heated up and got this team going on more than a few nights.

2014-15 ATP Results

 

Overall, it was an amazing season for our game.  Thanks to all of you for making #AvsTwitterPsychic a part of your Avs game day experience this season and thanks for telling other Avalanche fans you know about ATP.  Those of you that play (and spread the word) are the heart and soul of ATP.  The game wouldn’t be what it is without you.  I hope you had as much fun playing as I did seeing all your tweets each and every game.

Let’s keep things rolling next season and keep growing the game.  I’m kind of biased, but in my opinion it’s way too much fun not to.  I kind of feel like we’re just getting started.

Let’s Go Avs!

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #94

 This episode of The AHP is brought to you by the number 94.

Ryan Smyth, 2008-09 white set 2 game worn jersey.

Ryan Smyth, 2008-09 white set 2 game worn jersey. Photo courtesy of MeiGray.com.

In this show, my co-host James “Tapeleg” Gralian and I talk about a big old pile of Avalanche injuries, slim playoff chances, Iggy’s one-timer, our hope for Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra, and the line of Alex Tanguay, Ryan O’Reilly, and Gabriel Landeskog hockeying like bosses.  Those topic and a bunch more Avalanche and hockey stuff coming at you in episode #94 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.  Thank you for joining us Avalanche fans!

Links for your clicking pleasure:

From The Denver Post’s Terry Frei: The Avalanche will report to camp a year older and a year wiser next season.

Visit Avalanchedb.com for more Avalanche information than you can shake a hockey stick at.

Visit nhlnumbers.com for useful salary and cap information.

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #93

In this podcast James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Jay break down Varly’s record-setting performance against the Blackhawks on January 6, we discuss Reto Berra scoring a goal for the Lake Erie Monsters, we talk about James and his adventures in Florida, and we encourage all Avalanche fans to mark February 27, 2016 on their calendars.  Those topics and much more in episode #93 of The AHP.  Thanks for joining us!

Links and videos for your clicking pleasure:

Semyon Varlamov sets the records during the Avalanche’s 2-0 win against the Blackhawks in Chicago on January 6, 2015.  54 saves.  Not too shabby.

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Matt Duchene’s third period goal against the Stars on January 10th here:

…brought back great memories for many long-time Avalanche fans.  Jay wrote about it here:

http://www.avshockeypodcast.com/2015/01/matt-duchene-from-peter-forsberg/

James made a guest appearance on the Canes Weekly Podcast before the Avs faced the Carolina Hurricanes on January 13.  Listen to the show here:

http://canesweeklypodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2015-01-11T10_37_36-08_00

James went to the Avalanche/Panthers game in Sunrise, Florida on January 15. This happened:

Reto Berra was sent to Lake Erie for conditioning on January 10.  He made his first start against the Chicago Wolves on January 16.  Then this happened.  Well done 20/30.

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GoPro and the NHL.  A good combination.

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Avs/Red Wings.  Coors Field.  February 27, 2016.  Be there.

Matt Duchene from Peter Forsberg

Matt Duchene’s eventual game-winning early third period goal against the Dallas Stars brought back some happy memories for some long-time Colorado Avalanche fans yesterday afternoon.  Duchene had tried this move many, many times before.  This was the first time it was successful (at least that I can remember.)

Here’s Duchene’s tally:

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Every time he’s tried that move I think of someone else though….

If we asked Duchene about his strategy there (knowing he was a fan of the Avalanche growing up) I’m sure he would eventually bring up the name of a recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee we Avs fans are pretty fond of.  He actually does just that here.  Check out the similarities, including the bottom hand off the stick to protect the puck.  Peter Forsberg, take it away.

Goal against the Oilers: http://safeshare.tv/w/fPyIfIfwMQ

Goal against the Wild: http://safeshare.tv/w/UvNnTiYISI

Good to know I’m not the only one who thinks this way when we see Duchene try this move too:

Great minds think (and tweet) alike Dario.  Nice.

So ultimately an assist can’t officially be given to Peter Forsberg on Matt Duchene’s goal, but it was plenty close enough.

Let’s Go Avs.

***Links to the original YouTube videos linked above are here and here.  Watch both in their entirety.  They are glorious.

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #92

We’re back in your ear holes!  It’s the Gabriel Landeskog edition of The Avs Hockey Podcast, Your Home for Almost Everything Avalanche.

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In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and and Jay discuss the 2014-2015 Avalanche season thus far, how injuries have impacted this season, our MVPs, our biggest surprises, and a whole lot more hockey and Avs stuff.  Thanks for your patience between shows.  It has been just a while and it’s great to be back.

Happy New Year Avs fans!

Some highlights for your viewing pleasure:

Question: What’s better than a Matt Duchene shootout goal?  Answer: Watching a Matt Duchene shootout goal in slow-motion.  Here is his backhand finish on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec on December 11, 2014.

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Alex Tanguay is patient with the puck.  Case in point, his shootout-ending goal against Edmonton Oiler goaltender Ben Scrivens on January 2, 2015.  This is pretty.

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Video credit for both of these goals to Vince Talavera.  He has great seats for shootouts at Pepsi Center.  Thank you for sharing the love Vince!

Ryan O’Reilly, 2013-2014 Game Worn White Jersey

It has been a little slow in the recent past when it comes to new jerseys joining my collection.  As time goes by it is getting more difficult to track down classic blank jerseys, affordable game worn Avalanche jerseys, and current blank jerseys as well.  The Avalanche playing better hockey means more popularity and higher prices too.  I get that.  It makes sense.

With that being said, here the latest addition to my closet.

Last season I pre-ordered Ryan O’Reilly’s set two white jersey during the season.  The price was affordable for a player of O’Reilly’s caliber.  That’s always a plus.  Check it out.

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II back

As I watched the jersey in action it was really tough to identify any game use, marks, holes, etc.  Watching the jersey on television and being limited as far as context in pictures posted after the games was a challenge too.  Why doesn’t Ryan O’Reilly ever stand still?  That’s rude.  Sometimes it’s much easier to do the work once the jersey is in your hands.  This was one of those times.  As is usually the case, there were plenty of details to find and match.  For example, there were a few team repairs on the left sleeve just below the elbow that I was able to match from the game in Long Island against the Islanders on February 8, 2014 as well as the game versus the Flyers in Philadelphia on February 6, 2014.

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II left sleeve

There were a few stick marks just below the crest here:

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II marks front

…that I matched to the February 3, 2014 game against the Devils in New Jersey.

There was also a mark behind the left shoulder here:

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II MeiGray Tag back left shoulder

…which I matched to that same game against the Devils in New Jersey on February 2, 2014.

And while we’re speaking about the Devils game, O’Reilly scored the game-winning goal in overtime wearing this jersey as well.  Drag ahead to 2:42 if you want to see the overtime winner by itself.  Watch the whole thing if you like late Avs equalizers.

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The great thing about these jerseys and the way they’re documented is that it’s much simpler (and entertaining) to track the action they’ve been a part of. This jersey was worn during 15 road games between December 21, 2013 and March 6, 2014.  Overall, O’Reilly scored seven goals and recorded ten assists wearing it.

Here are the games:

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And here is the game log for that period of time.  There was no way to sort this by home and away games.  Sorry for the scrolling.

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Some other highlights featuring the jersey above:

Two goals against the Minnesota Wild on January 11, 2014.  A power play goal in the second period that gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead and the eventual game-winner in the third period.  Backhand top shelf snipe anyone?

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An early goal as well as the primary assist on Jamie McGinn’s eventual game-winning goal on January 24, 2014 against the Panthers in Florida.

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An early third period beauty on a break and the secondary assist on Tyson Barrie’s eventual game-winner against the Blackhawks in Chicago on March 4, 2014.

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Highlights and history surround this jersey worn during the middle of Ryan O’Reilly’s 2013-2014 Lady Byng award-winning season.  Having the jersey in my collection is one thing.  Matching it to pictures and video makes me appreciate it even more.  Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I enjoyed creating the ride for you.

Until the next jersey, and as always, Let’s Go Avs.

Your Official #AvsChat Guide

It’s official Avs fans, the inaugural #AVsChat is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23.  We will start the chat at around 8:30-8:45 p.m. US mountain time.  I would love to be more specific with the time, but with two girls (ages five and three) at home, we never know what bed time is going to bring.  Make sure you’re on Twitter at about 8:30 and you should be fine.

I wanted to reach out to those of you that have never participated in a live Twitter chat and provide some details that will support you with becoming a Twitter chat pro in virtually no time.

The key to Twitter chats is the use of the hashtag.  In our case it will be #AvsChat.  The hashtag is what will connect us all during the chat time, whether we follow each other or not so please be sure to use the #AvsChat hashtag with every tweet you post during the chat.

I have linked videos below which will help to get you familiar with two tools that will allow you to follow the chat more effectively (while on a computer.)  The first tool is TweetDeck (made and supported by Twitter):

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…and the second tool is TweetChat.

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You can always simply use the Twitter site or app on your mobile device to search for the hashtag as well.  On your phone, simply click on the hashtag and you’ll be able to see everyone that has used that hashtag in recent tweets.  If you’re going to be using the Twitter site on your computer go to https://twitter.com/search-home, type in #AvsChat, and then read/interact with/whatever you’d like to do with the tweets you see.

Even with using what TweetChat and TweetDeck have to offer you still may feel overwhelmed by the amount of tweets you’ll see during the chat.  That’s definitely okay and the sign of an active and effective chat.  In the end, you will see the tweets you’re meant to see.  Feel free, during that chat, to sit back, relax read what people are thinking.  You can obviously choose to have a conversation with people as well.  Each question will last for about five minutes each and then we’ll move on.  I will ask the question using the Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. format.  Participants then answer with A1, A2, A3, etc. format.  That way it will be easier to keep track of where we are in the chat.

I will be the moderator for this chat so you can either follow me (@AvsPodcast) to make sure you don’t miss any of the questions, or keep an eye on my tweets as you use any of the methods/tools suggested above.  And just so you can mentally prepare, the link to the questions I’ll ask is right here: http://goo.gl/MpTNmw.  That is the actual document that I will copy and paste the questions from.  The questions may change just a bit before our chat so be sure (if you prefer) to check them out again closer to next Tuesday night.

I think that’s about it.  I am always happy to help in any way that I can with questions about logistics or anything else.  Just be in touch on Twitter (@AvsPodcast) or you can send me an email at AvsHockeyPodcast@gmail.com.  I’m happy to do whatever I can to help make it successful for all of us.

Thanks for much for your passion and being connected to what James and I do with the show.  Without these connections I never would have thought to make #AHPChat a thing.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this goes.

Talk to everyone again soon and Let’s Go Avs.

#AvsChat, Join us!

Hey there Avs fans!  I was looking for a way for Avs fans to get even more interaction and connections on Twitter and based on my past experiences with Twitter chats I thought I would give it a go.  Twitter chats are a great way for people with similar interests and passions (Colorado Avalanche hockey for example) to have a live conversation as well as have the chance to connect with other fans you otherwise may not have met.  I will be more than happy to moderate this chat.  I have already created a handful of questions which will be used to guide the first conversation/chat we have.

If you have never participated in a chat on Twitter they go a little something like this.  The hashtag is the key to the whole thing.  A moderator posts questions while participants chime in.  All tweets during this chat should include the hashtag (#AvsChat) so people who aren’t following each other can see each other’s tweets.  Participants can follow the hashtag by clicking on the hashtag on their mobile device, but it’s way simpler to use a tool like TweetDeck or TweetChat  on an actual computer to follow along.  As the moderator, I will post questions with a Q1, Q2,  Q3, etc. format.  Chatters then reply using the A1, A2, A3, etc. format so it’s simple to see which question participants are referring to.  Twitter chats, overall, are pretty simple and very powerful!

I am looking to get this going soon and am hoping to have a couple of #AvsChats before the regular season begins.  The only thing I need from those of you that this sounds interesting to is what day/time of day that would generally work best for you to participate.  I’m thinking the chat will take about an hour total.  If you would please take literally 15 seconds and fill out the form below I will get the very first #AvsChat scheduled here in the near future.

Thanks again for your interest and stay connected to The AHP’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for when the first of hopefully many #AvsChats will happen!

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #91

In this podcast, my co-host James “Tapeleg” Gralian (from The Rink Report) and I talk about two new Avs in the Hall of Fame, NHL Awards, free agent signings and departures, the Ryan O’Reilly situation, Paul Stastny, Jarome Iginla, your Facebook Fan Page and #AskAHP questions, and much more.  All of those topics and almost everything else Avalanche coming at you in episode #91 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.  Thanks for joining us Avalanche fans and hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!

Jarome Iginla may have just turned 37 years old, but he can still score the hockey puck.  Here are all 30 of his goals from last season.

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Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.  Here are all of his goals from last season.  You’re welcome.

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NHL.com’s Avalanche season highlights in 60-ish seconds.

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Gabriel Landeskog Upper Deck SPGU Tag Set: Mission Accomplished

Building entire numbered sets of a particular player can be tough.  It’s always difficult to predict whether each card will be listed on eBay at any time and whether all the cards will end at affordable prices.  It definitely takes some luck and sometimes it just kind of happens.  I had some great luck with my Milan Hejduk Panini Prime name plate set last August and I recently had a similar experience with a smaller set of Gabriel Landeskog cards.

Upper Deck’s 2013-2014 SP Game Used brand included a tag subset for some players.  This set featured the tags from game worn NHL jerseys.  Gabriel Landeskog’s set was numbered to three.  Here’s the first one I acquired.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 1-3

Part of collecting jerseys the way I do helps me identify where pretty much any Avalanche patch or tag card comes from on an Avs jersey.  This card was no exception.  There’s a laundry tag on the inside left of the jerseys in the place where the player’s ribs are.  This card is cut from that tag.  Here’s a closer look at the inside of the Avs jerseys wear on the ice right now.  The tag is right here:

Laundry_Tag

And a more detailed look at the tag itself and where the card above was cut from.

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The next card in the set that I acquired was cut from the MeiGray tag that is sewn on the inside bottom left of every Avs game worn jersey since 2002-2003.  Here’s the tag:

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This Landeskog tag card cut from the left side of the tag of one of his 2012-2013 game worn Avs jerseys.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 3-3

I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d be able to complete this set until this showed up on eBay a short time after I added the card above to my collection.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 2-3

It’s from a little lower on the laundry tag:

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And there it is.  I accomplished a mission that I really didn’t set out to accomplish in the beginning.  Either way, all three of the cards in the set now live in my collection.  They definitely look good together.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag Set

So what’s my next mission?  I have no idea, but (as always) I’m keeping a close eye on eBay to see what pops up next.

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #90

In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and I wrap up the 2013-14 season, we break down the series against the Wild, we discuss who’s up for postseason awards, we talk about who may be staying and who may be going, and we answer your #AskAHP questions.  Those topics and a whole lot more Avalanche stuff in episode #90 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.  Thanks for a great season Avalanche fans!

This is the Ryan O’Reilly edition of The AHP.  The Factor!

Photo courtesy of my friends at The MeiGray Group.

Photo courtesy of my friends at The MeiGray Group.

If you perhaps needed a reason to like Ryan O’Reilly more, here you go.  Loyal AHP fan Hersh O’Myster and his nephew go to many games together.  90 makes sure to make Chuddy part of his pre-game routine every time Chuddy is there.  Great stuff.

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Teemu Selanne’s “victory lap” after his last regular season home game in Anaheim featured someone the Duck fans will always love, the Avalanche’s own J.S. Giguere.  Two champions and two class guys.

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The Captain welcomes you to Denver.  Let’s Go Avs.

Game 1 vs. Wild: Paul Stastny for the tie.

Game 1 vs. Wild: Paul Stastny for the win!

Game 2 vs. Wild: Jared Spurgeon wasn’t quite prepared for the speed and the moves of Nathan MacKinnon.  Ouch.

Game 2 vs. Wild: One of the prettiest hockey goals you’ll ever see courtesy of 29, 26, and 92.

Game 3 vs. Wild: The talk of the game wasn’t the overtime thriller or Semyon Varlamov’s 45 saves, it was this “hit” by Matt Cooke on Tyson Barrie.

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Game 4 vs. Wild: P.A. Parenteau for the tie.  This is John Forslund’s call from NBC Sports Network.

And Marc Moser’s radio call call from Altitude Sports and Entertainment.

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And Nathan MacKinnon for the win!

Thanks again for a great season Avalanche fans.  Let’s do it again next season, shall we?

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #89

In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Jay break down all of the Avalanche games since our last podcast, we talk about the Avalanche’s chances in this year’s playoffs, we answer your #AskAHP questions, and we discuss cupcakes because #CupcakeStrong.  Those topics and much more Avs and hockey stuff in episode #89 of The Avs Hockey Podcast, your home for almost everything Avalanche.

The Colorado Avalanche, your 2013-2014 Central Division Champions!  Another banner hanging in Pepsi Center? Yes please!

Useful links mentioned in the show that are worth checking out:

Brad Malone vs. Derek MacKenzie.  Advantage: Brad Malone

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Tyson Barrie and Nate Guenin try to follow the bouncing puck while covering Blue Jacket players. Outcome: Not favorable.

April 5: Jay wins #AvsHeader again after the Avalanche defeat the Blues 4-0 and become the only NHL team to defeat every other NHL team this season.

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ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun’s piece on Patrick Roy’s impact on this season’s team, complete with a horribly lettered Roy jersey.

NHL.com picks Patrick Roy for the Jack Adams Trophy.  Sounds good to us.

NHL.com picks Nathan MacKinnon for the Calder Trophy. This sounds good to us as well.