In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Jay wrap up the 2016-2017 (thank goodness.) They also talk about possible rebuild options, play just a teeny bit of “Armchair GM”, and they discuss statistics from last season which are absolutely sure to sadden you. Those topics and a whole bunch more Avs and hockey stuff in episode #107 of The Avs Hockey Podcast. Thank you for hanging in there with us this season, Avs fans. Here’s to a great off season and a brighter future for our favorite National Hockey League hockey club.
In this podcast, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Jay discuss Nathan MacKinnon’s confidence, the current standings, the trade deadline, and falling television ratings (all while trying not to cry.) Those topics and plenty more Avs and hockey stuff in episode #106 of The Avs Hockey Podcast. Thanks for hanging in there with us, Avalanche fans.
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Jay is hoping Nathan MacKinnon gets his confidence back soon after listening to AvsCast Episode #24. Shout out to Ryan and Ron for the shout out.
Six former Avalanche players were named to the NHL’s top 100 players as the league celebrates their 100th anniversary. The most notable players were Hall of Famers Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, and Peter Forsberg.
Here’s the rest of the NHL100 list including other former Avs players (who you can filter for): Ray Bourque, Teemu Selanne, and Jari Kurri.
Mikko Rantanen made it rain (hats) at Pepsi Center on February 6. This was his first career hat trick and hopefully the first of many more.
Jay closely watched/stalked Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the hat trick game. He was definitely impressed. Check out the details here.
With the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club changing jersey acquisition operations a few seasons ago and moving more toward charity-based auctions getting game worn jerseys has been a little more of a challenge as of late. I was fortunate enough to get this jersey (post-auction) from a buddy of mine not long ago.
This set two white jersey was worn during all of the road games between November 30, 2015 and January 27, 2016. No goals were scored by Erik Johnson while he wore this jersey, but that definitely doesn’t mean that it lacks a story. If there’s history behind a jersey I am always more than happy to track it down.
EJ doesn’t fight very often, but he got into a scrap wearing this jersey. New Jersey Devils
pest forward Jordin Tootoo excels at getting under the skin of opponents. December 1, 2015 in New Jersey was no exception.
I’m far from an expert when it comes to fighting in the National Hockey League, but I’m pretty sure that taking someone’s helmet off and then punching that person on top of their head is generally frowned upon. Not only was the neck worn out (and then repaired) as a result of this fight:
…EJ had to go get repairs to his scalp. Here’s the celebration following the final horn showing the aftermath (a 2-1 Avalanche victory):
And just when you think EJ’s face and head hadn’t suffered enough, here’s what happened two nights later at Madison Square Garden. Kick him in the grill, Rick.
EJ was extremely lucky here. That could have been so much worse.
I own several game worn Erik Johnson jerseys. The elbows on this jersey are pretty trashed which is consistent with the other game worn EJ jerseys I’ve seen. The dark mark above the right elbow as well as the multiple repairs make for an easy photo match.
Here is the damage and paint transfer on the left elbow.
Who doesn’t love patches?
And this patch inside the lower left side of the jersey makes everything official.
A big thank you to Vince Talavera for giving me the chance to add this jersey to my collection. I’m obviously going take great care of it. Vince is a friend and a true asset to the jersey collecting community.
Until the next AHP jersey post, take care and Let’s Go Avs.
Just in case you hadn’t heard yet, Avs rookie forward Mikko Rantanen recorded his first career hat trick last night against the Montreal Canadiens. I’m pretty sure you knew that already.
I had the fortunate opportunity to watch the last night’s matchup from the fourth row off the ice. We were just outside the blue line of the zone the Avalanche attacked twice. I had the chance to see many details I otherwise wouldn’t see in my normal season ticket seats. (They are on the red line in the first row of the third deck.) The biggest bonus was watching Carey Price up close and personal and how he chooses to conduct himself on the ice. There were a couple of things I wanted to write about and share, so here goes…
Example One: After a milestone goal (like a player’s first career hat trick goal) it is customary for a teammate (other than the actual goal scorer) to retrieve the historical puck for the goal scorer’s trophy case, mantel, etc. After Rantanen recorded his third tally Nathan MacKinnon went to get the puck for 96. That was nothing new. Here’s where things get good though. After the goal, Carey Price picked up the puck in his glove. Linesman Lonnie Cameron skated in and was ready to do what he does, get the puck and trade it out for a new fresh puck or get ready for the ensuing faceoff at center ice or whatever else. Carey Price looked right passed Cameron and held his glove directly out to MacKinnon so he could get the puck for his teammate. MacKinnon said something nice to Price, gave Price a stick tap on the rear, and we’re ready for more hockey. Check out the video below. This is the good hockey stuff.
Example Two: The Avalanche ended last night’s game on the penalty kill. As the last few seconds ticked off the clock the Avalanche cleared the puck all the way down the ice and the final horn sounded. I continued to watch Carey Price as the puck laid on his stick. He could have done a few things with that puck that I wouldn’t have been surprised by. One, flip it harmlessly (or angrily) down the ice (at no one in particular.) Or two, just leave the puck where it was. It had obviously been a long game for Price and the rest of his team. I didn’t really have a third option in my head, but Price unexpectedly showed me one. He picked up the puck with his blocker hand and flipped it over the glass to a young Canadiens fan who was sitting behind the net. That was a very cool (and in my opinion) the best option.
Carey Price has had some recent issues (including punching/spearing people with his blocker more than a few times), but last night he really impressed me. He showed class, professionalism, patience, leadership, and how players can be ambassadors for the game of hockey, even when things aren’t going well for them and their team. I have a huge passion for the game and I really didn’t need any more reasons to love it more going into last night’s game. I, however, left Pepsi Center feeling good about an Avalanche victory and even better about the game itself.
So thank you, Carey Price. You made an impression upon an “opposing” fan last night. Thanks for reminding me what the game, and sports, can be all about. It won’t be forgotten, for all of the very best reasons, anytime soon.
Let’s Go Avs (and Carey Price when he’s not playing the Avs)