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Written by Sean Payton | 27 August 2011

1997-98 Colorado Avalanche

Changes from previous season:
  • White jersey lower hem tagging features "S" Starter (no text) logo
  • Team color jersey lower hem tagging features Starter text only logo
Unique to 1997-98 features:
  • None
White jersey
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Manufacturer: Starter
Material: Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on.  
Shoulder patch: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering: Vertically arched last name in black glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  
Number Font: Custom Avs font, Generation #2
Back numbers: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, outlined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, oulined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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Team Color jersey
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Manufacturer: Starter
Material:
Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on. 
Shoulder patches: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering:
Vertically arched last name in white glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  
Number Font:
Custom Avs font, Generation #2
Back numbers:
White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers:
White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, oulined in silver tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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Replicas
  • Starter
  • CCM (Generation #1) - coming soon!
Additional 1997-98 game worn pics
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1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99 - coming soon!

See a mistake?  Send me a message at anyonebutdetroit AT gmail dot com.

Special thanks to / edits by Jay Vean of The Avs Hockey Podcast.
Last updated: August 27, 2011 no comments

Written by Sean Payton | 20 August 2011

1996-97 Colorado Avalanche

Changes from previous season:
  • Larger primary logo crest, titled slightly counter-clockwise
  • Lower hem tagging features "S" Starter logo with text
  • Lettering for characters A, M, N, V no longer asymmetrical
Unique to 1996-97 features:
  • Lower hem tagging featuring "S" Stater logo with "Starter" text
White jersey (Regular Season)
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Manufacturer: Starter
Material: Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on.  
Shoulder patch: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering: Vertically arched last name in black glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  
Number Font: Custom Avs font, Generation #1
Back numbers: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, outlined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, oulined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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Team Color Jersey (Regular Season)
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Manufacturer: Starter
Material:
Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on. 
Shoulder patches: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering:
Vertically arched last name in white glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  
Number Font:
Custom Avs font, Generation #1
Back numbers:
White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers:
White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, oulined in silver tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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1997 Playoffs Changes
In an unusual move, the Avalanche changed their number font at the start of the 1997 Playoffs.  The Avalanche would use this same number font during the 1997-98 season.  

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Adam Deadmarsh - 4/13/97 at LA (last game of the 1996-97 regular season)

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Adam Deadmarsh - 5/22/97 at Detroit (1997 Western Conference Finals)

White Jersey (Playoffs)
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Number Font: Custom Avs font, Generation #2
(All other specs the same as regular season jerseys.)

Team Color Jersey (Playoffs)

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Number Font: Custom Avs font, Generation #2
(All other specs the same as regular season jerseys.)

Retail Authentics vs Gamers

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Replicas
  • Starter
  • CCM (Generation #1) - coming soon!
Additional 1996-97 game worn pics
  • Curtis Leschyshyn #7 (White - Regular Season) - Front / Back
  • Rene Cobert #20 (Team Color - Regular Season) - Front / Back
  • Jon Klemm #24 (Team Color - Regular Season) - Front / Back
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1995-96
1996-97
1997-98 
1998-99 - coming soon!

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Special thanks to / edits by Jay Vean of The Avs Hockey Podcast.
Last updated: August 21, 2011

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Written by Sean Payton | 16 August 2011

Colorado Avalanche Starter Replica Jerseys
Produced from 1995-96 through 1998-99 seasons.

The below pics are courtesy of Jay Vean's collection.  These jerseys are as in as nice of condition as I've ever seen these Starter replicas.  They were both factory customized with #19 SAKIC when purchased in the late 90s.  Take note of the poor customization on these featuring a lettering font the team never used and rounded nameplates.  No need to adjust your computer screen, the numbers and nameplate on the dark one are really that crooked on the jersey.

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Manufacturer: Starter
Crest: Embroidered crest, sewn onto jersey.  Tend to wear quicker than CCM replicas of the same era.  The reason the crests and the plates varied and changed as the jersey was worn or washed was because the only thing holding them in place was the stitching.  Quality customized jerseys have some kind of stiff backing or at least glue to help them keep the plate and crest's shape and position as the jersey gets used or washed more.  The Starters lacked that and that's why they tended not to hold up over time.
Shoulder patch: Yetti foot logo, embroidered onto jersey
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Fashion Jerseys
During this era, Starter also made fashion jerseys for a number of NHL teams, including the Avalanche.  

Black Fashion Jersey
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Blue Fashion Jersey
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(Do you have a blue fashion jersey and want it immortalized on this site?  Take some pics and send them to us!)

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1995-96
1996-97 
1997-98 - coming soon!

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Last updated: August 18, 2011

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Written by Sean Payton | 14 August 2011

1995-96 Colorado Avalanche

Changes from previous season:
  • N/A 
Unique to 1995-96 features:
  • Small primary logo crest, titled slightly clockwise
  • Lower hem tagging featuring "boxed" Starter and NHL logos
  • Asymmetrical lettering for 4 characters (A, M, N, V) on nameplate
White jersey

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Manufacturer: Starter
Material: Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on.  Smaller and slightly titled clockwise vs future seasons.
Shoulder patch: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering: Vertically arched last name in black glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  Slightly different font vs future seasons featuring asymmetrical "A"s, "M"s, "N"s, and "V"s.
Number Font: Custom Avs font, Generation #1
Back numbers: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, outlined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: Black glacier twill outlined in silver dazzle twill, oulined in blue tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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Patches: Team Color jersey
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Manufacturer:
Starter
Material:
Mesh 
Crest: Embroidered primary logo, sewn on.  Smaller and slightly titled clockwise vs future seasons.
Shoulder patches: Embroidered Yetti foot logo, sewn on
Lettering:
Vertically arched last name in white glacier twill on nameplate, sewn to jersey.  Slightly different font vs future seasons featuring asymmetrical "A"s, "M"s, "N"s, and "V"s.
Number Font:
Custom Avs font, Generation #1
Back numbers:
 White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
Arm numbers: 
White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, outlined in silver dazzle twill, triple layered and sewn on
"C"s and "A"s: White glacier twill outlined in blue tackle twill, oulined in silver tackle twill, triple layered and sewn on

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Patches: Retail Authentics vs Gamers

In what is probably the largest gap between an Avalanche retail authentic and a gamer, the retail authentic jerseys made in 1995-96 are significantly different from what was actually worn on the ice.  This can probably be chalked up to the rush job that comes with a relocation and a complete uniform redesign. 

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Replicas
  • Starter
  • CCM (Generation #1) - coming soon!
Additional 1995-96 game worn pics
  • Claude Lemieux #22 (White) - Front / Back
  • Paxton Schulte #37 (White, Preseason) - Front / Back

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1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99 - coming soon

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Last updated: August 21, 2011 no comments

Written by Sean Payton | 11 August 2011

Recently, I've been scouring the web, looking for information and pictures of early Avalanche jerseys.  While I couldn't find a single definitive source (sadly Edddie's Jersey Room is no more), I've been able to piece together the details I was looking for.  All the time, I kept thinking, "hey it sure would be nice if there was one place that had all of this information" and then it hit me - "Sean - you have a blog." 

And so I'm picking up the flag.  However, I'm not going it alone.  The Avsblogosphere's own jersey nut and podcaster Jay Vean will be coming along for the ride. (PS - if you're not a subscribed to the Avs Hockey Podcast - why don't you take a 1min out of your busy schedule and right that wrong - right now.)

Jay and I will be taking you through a visual history of Avalanche jerseys.  I know you might be thinking - "this will be short - they've only had two sets of jerseys, the good ones and the uni-prons..."  I think you'll find that if you look a little closer, its a lot more complicated than that.

Let's start at square one.  Jersey 101, aka Definitions.  

Gamer class:
  • Game Worn / Used Jersey: As the name indicates, this is exact jersey worn by an Avalanche player in an NHL game.  In other words, this is the real deal.  Prices are very dependent on the player and the rarity of the jersey style.  Starting in the 2000-01 season, the Avalanche began to place a tag inside game worn jerseys.  You should expect to get a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) for any "gamer" after 2000-01 season.
    • Retail cost: $300 and up (via MeiGray.com)
    • Secondary market cost: $150 and up (via Ebay.com)
    • Sizes: Numerical system. Skaters wear sizes 54, 56, 58 or 58+.  Goalies wear sizes 58G or 60G.
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2010 - 11 Matt Duchene Game Worn Jersey
  • Game / Team Issued Jersey: A jersey that was prepared for use by the Avalanche, but was never actually used in an NHL game - either because the player was injured, traded, sent back to the minors or rejected the jersey.  It is also possible to find team issued blank jerseys - this would be a jersey that came from the team that was never numbered and lettered.  Just like a game worn jersey, the price is very dependent on the player, but they will be considerably less than a game worn jersey.
    • Retail cost: $200 and up (via MeiGray.com)
    • Secondary market cost: $100 and up (via Ebay.com)
    • Sizes: Numerical system. Skaters wear 54, 56, 58 or 58+.  Goalies wear 58G or 60G.
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2010 - 11 Team Issued Craig Anderson Jersey

Retail class:
  • Retail Authentic: A jersey that sold as an "authentic" at retail outlets like Altitude Authentics or shop.nhl.com.  These jerseys are manufactured to closely match Team Issued / Game Worn jerseys (but never exactly match a "gamer").  The nice thing about these jerseys is they are available in significantly smaller sizes versus gamers - which are all made for large athletic men who wearing pads (i.e. - they are huge).
    • Retail cost: $250 for a blank or $329 with lettering and numbering (via shop.nhl.com)
    • Secondary market cost: $75 - $175 (via Ebay.com)
    • Sizes: Numerical system.  46, 48, 50, 54, 56, 60
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2009 - 11 Retail Authentic David Jones Jersey
  • Replica: These are the most common jerseys out there by a wide margin.  Replica jerseys are also sold at retail outlets - in fact many stores only sell replicas.  Replicas are made of cheaper material vs authentics and thus priced much more affordably.  Replica jerseys are also sold in children's sizes.
    • Retail cost: $125 for a blank or $200 with lettering and numbering (via altitudeauthentics.com)
    • Secondary market cost: $20 - $50 (via Ebay.com)
    • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
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2008, 2011 Peter Forsberg Replica Jersey

Other jerseys

  • Practice: Jerseys either worn by the Avalanche at practice or made to look like the jerseys the Avalanche wear at practice.  Tend to be much plainer than a normal jersey.

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Late 2000's Practice Used Practice Jersey
  • Fashion: Avalanche jerseys sold at retail outlets that are unlike any jersey that the Avalanche have ever actually worn on the ice.  Some examples are the awful green St. Patrick's Day and girl's pink jersey and the kinda cool Starter baby blue.
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Late 90's Starter Fashion Jersey 

  • Fakes: The bottom of the barrel.  These are badly made (notice the crooked fight strap in the photo below), unauthorized jerseys and sadly, they are all over the secondary market.  The good news is because the Avalanche have such an unique lettering style and number font, fakes are easy to spot.  Some sound advice from Jay on avoiding fakes: "Buy from trustworthy eBay sellers and reputable online and/or retail dealers."  Another thing you can do is simply message Jay or I - we'll let you know.  Hopefully, these posts will also be a great resource in the good fight against fakes.
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2009-11 Matt Duchene Fake Jersey

Now that we've got that out of the way, we'll get started on our year by year look, beginning with 1995-96 season.  Stay tuned... no comments

Written by Sean Payton | 04 July 2011

Alternate Title: How I Got A David Jones Authentic Alternate Jersey at Goodwill for $15.

Yes, you read that right.  Today, at the Goodwill in Englewood on Broadway at got this:

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Yep - that price tag says $14.99.  Even better - its my size - a size 46 - which is very small for an authentic and are very hard to find on the second hand market.  And its a David Jones - a player's jersey I have no issues wearing.  (Stay healthy, Dr. Jones!)

In May, I got a team issued David Van Gulik alternate jersey.  A few observations on retail authentic vs authentic authentic (or team issued) blueberries. 
  • Glacier twill was used on lettering and numbers on the Jones jersey - which is incorrect.  (Glacier twill is correct for the Avs regular home and away, however)
  • Black outline on #54s is not kiss cut like gamers are.  (Honestly, I would have been shocked if it was.)
The craziest part of the whole thing is I actually missed a chance to buy even more Avs jersey at ridiculous prices.  When I walked into the Goodwill, I immediately saw this jersey, along with 4 other Avs jerseys (including a Burgundy alternate Sakic) hanging behind the counter.  Because they were behind the counter, I assumed that they were being held for a buyer.  I didn't want look at them closely because I didn't want to know what I had just narrowly missed out on.  I sulked around the store, and I texted a photo of a houseware item that I thought she might want.  She didn't immediately answer and so I left the store.

My wife texted me back while I was at a different nearby thrift store and said she wanted the item and so I went back to Goodwill to pick it up.  When I walked in, I noticed all but 2 of the jerseys were gone and so I asked an employee whether the jerseys were for sale.  When the worker said yes and when I realized that the Jones jersey was an authentic and was only $15 was a 46 - well I was pretty pumped.  Thank goodness I went back.  

There was also a old CCM white replica Steve Moore for $20 still available (yes, they had the replica priced higher than the authentic).  It was too big for me (XL) and the whole Moore thing makes me sad and angry and so I figured I'd let someone else take it. 

Even though I missed out at some other jerseys (was the Sakic an authentic too?), I certainly can't complain.  Had the Jones jersey shown up on eBay (and any authentic Edge jerseys rarely do), given its size, I would have been a buyer up to at least $100 and I could have very easily been outbid.  

Thank you Goodwill!
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Written by Sean Payton | 03 July 2011

GREG_SHERMAN
Let's start by looking at Sherman's Trade History:

7/2/09 - Smyth for Quincey, Preissing and 5th round pick (Walker)
Push - Up until this point, LA won this trade, but now that Smyth is back with the Oil for a 4th liner and a 7th round pick, I've got this as a push.  Quincey, of course is still with the Avs - and had a so-so 09-10 and then a bad 10-11 (1 assist in 21 games) before he got hurt when he "checked" Ovi in Washington.  If Quincey bounces back, the better this trade is moving forward.  

3/3/10 - Wolski for Mueller and Porter
Push - Wolski crashed and burned in Phoenix and was moved for Michal Rozsival.  If you're Phoenix, you would have never moved Mueller and Porter for Rozsival.  However, Mueller's NHL future is dicey at best given his concussion history.  This is a clear win for Sherms if Mueller stays healthy this season.

3/3/10 - McNicoll and 6th round pick (Stahl) for Yelle and Reed
Win - Yelle was brought over for two minor league players and helped the Avs get into the 2010 Playoffs.  The Avs even got a minor league player back.  

6/17/10 - Hensick for Talbot
Lean Lose - While TJ Hensick needed to be moved out, moving a younger boarderline NHL / AHL player for an older career AHL isn't enough return.

6/28/10 - 4th round 2012 for Winnik
Win - A 4th round pick in two years for your team's best defensive forward?  Home run.

11/11/10 - Bournival for O'Byrne
Lean Win - We won't know how this trade really looks until Bournival develops, but O'Byrne was brought in to fill a team need and he did that and was re-signed. 

11/29/10 - Cohen for Hunwick
Lose - Moving a 2nd round pick for a NHL player who helps you now would usually be a push, at least in the short term.  This is a clear loss because Hunwick was the worst player on a really bad team last season.  

11/30/10 - Hannan for Fleischmann
Push - Hannan was a solid player for the Caps last season and Flash was an outstanding player for the Avs last season until he was forced out due to health issues.  Both players became UFAs on 7/1.

2/18/11 - Anderson for Elloitt
Lose - The Sens got a starting goalie, the Avs got 2 wins in 12 games from Elliott before completely starting over in goal.  This isn't enough return - awful trade.

2/19/11 - Stewart, Shattenkirk and 2nd round (Rattie) for Johnson, McClemment and 1st round (Siemens)
Lean Lose - The pieces involved are so young and so talented that its going to take a few years to really understand this deal.  That being said, St Louis 3 players that could become an elite player, and the Avs have only 2 - McClemment is a career bottom six forward - so I'm putting this at lean lose.

6/24/11 - Liles for 2nd round (2012)
Lose - Ok - I know this is a salary dump, but why make the trade when this pick isn't until 2012?  Liles could have certainly helped Elliott and Barrie in camp this Sept and Liles return value would have only improved the longer his awful contract ticked down.  You've now moved Liles for nothing until June 2012.

7/1/11 - 1st round (2012), 2nd round (2012 or 13) for Varlamov
Lean Lose - A whole lot has been written about this trade, but the bottom line is this: If Varlamov becomes a star goaltender who takes the Avs to deep playoffs multiple times and lifts a certain cup above his head at some point, no one who will ever question the value.  Needless to say, that's a big 'if'.  With the signing of Vokoun, the Caps have now made it clear that they weren't believers - at least not in the short term.

So to recap - Thats 6 bad deals to 3 good deals.  Even worse, the last 4 deals, all involving key NHL players, have either already proven to be awful deals (Andy / Liles) or are questionable gambles at best.  
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However, all of this is completely academic if the Avs do one thing: win.  Did the Avs "win" the Nolan / Ozolinsh trade?  A young 1st line center for an offensive defenseman?  You'd say no, unless you begin to consider that the Avs would have never won the Cup in 96 without Ozo.  Its ok to overpay to bring in the key players you don't have - the pieces you need to win.  Let's hope Johnson and Varlamov prove to be those pieces.  

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Written by Sean Payton | 26 June 2011


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Gabriel Landeskog - 1st round, 2nd overall

Position: Wing
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Wears: #92 
Playing with: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

My take: With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins off the board, the Avs had a choice between Landeskog, scorer Johnathan Huberdeau and two way defenseman Adam Larsson.  They chose the most sure thing in Landeskog.  Gabriel has the best chance to play next year in the NHL, he is physically mature enough - I will be shocked if he isn't playing against Detroit on Oct 8th.  He is a natural leader who plays the game with an edge and works hard and can be the face of the team with Duchene (if the Avs ever figure out how to run an ad campaign).  I absolutely love this pick.

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Duncan Siemens - 1st round, 11th overall
Position: Defense
From: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Wears: #5
Playing with: Saskatoon Blades (WHL) 

My take: The Avs went mean with their second first rounder.  Siemens has developed a reputation as a big, physical, shutdown defenseman who isn't afraid to drop the gloves.  Sounds like something we can use a little more of.  Want another plus?  He plays in Saskatoon with another Avs blueline prospect, Stephan Elliott.

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Joachim Nermark - 4th round, 93rd overall
Position: Center
From: Sunne, Sweden
Wears: #15
Playing with: Linkoping Jr (Sweden) 

My take: He looks pretty raw to me - he wasn't a point a game player in the Swedish Junior league and only had a single assist in 12 games when he got a chance to play in Elitserien.  So - he'll play a few years in Sweden and get better and we'll get to check in around New Year's at the WJC.  

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Garrett Meurs
 - 5th round, 123rd overall

Position: Wing
From: Ripley, ONT, Canada
Wears: #16
Playing with: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

My take: A hard working farm boy who has some skill (40 pts in 68 games) and can play a physical game (61 PIM).  Coming to Lake Erie in a few years...


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Gabriel Beaupre
 - 6th round, 123rd overall

Position: Defense
From: St-Jean-Chrysostome, Canada
Wears: #9
Playing with: Val d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

My take: QMJHL career: 215 PIM in 174 games.  I think we know what kind of player he projects to.

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Dillon Donnelly - 7th round, 183rd overall
Position: Defense
From: Amherst, NY, USA
Wears: #2
Playing with: Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 

My take: QMJHL career: 11 points in 114 games - so he's a defensive defenseman and he was drafted in the 7th round, so he is a project.  Oh, and his dad, Gord played in the NHL a long time ago.   no comments

Written by Sean Payton | 01 May 2011

The Mike Ricci Trophy is an annual ice hockey award given to "the Colorado Avalanche player who is deemed to be the most sexually unappealing."  Judges for this year's award consisted of 4 female co-workers who reviewed the 2011 team poster.  

And the winner, receiving two first place votes is:

Ryan O'Byrne 
In a Anyone But Detroit exclusive, I caught up Obi to ask him about the award.  He said "Taylor Hall and his effin skate ruined my face" and presented me with the below photographic evidence:

Before the injury: Obi: "Most people would call this a good night.  I'd called it Tuesday."
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After the injury:
Obi: "I overheard the camera guys saying "careful - no close-ups on #3."  I thought the mask would help, but..."
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Other players who earned votes were old guys Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk.  

Last year's winner: Matt Hendricks


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Written by Sean Payton | 26 April 2011

The Tyler Arnason Trophy is an annual ice hockey award given to "the Colorado Avalanche player who had a minimum of 25 games played and contributed the least amount of positive impact for his hockey club." Each year, at the conclusion of the final game of the Avalanche season, members of the Anyone But Detroit blog vote to elect the player deserving of the trophy.

Matt Hunwick
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Hunwick (above) getting beat by a 6 year old at bubble hockey.

First, lets just look at the numbers.  Hunwick (as an Av) 51 games, 0 goals, 10 assists, -19.  

During the first half of the year, Greg Sherman's plan seemed to be "let's become the fastest team in the NHL."  The Avs got rid of Scott Hannan for Tomas Fleischmann and they moved 2nd round draft pick Colby Cohen for Matt Hunwick - giving the Avs two undersized, but very fast defensemen (Kyle Cumiskey being the other).  The results were the same, and unfortunately those results were bad - both Hunwick and Cumiskey struggled to make to make up for their size in their own zone and failed to use their speed and skill in any sort of effective way in the other two zones.  So why Hunwick over Cumiskey?  Cumiskey only played 17 games and therefore, does not qualify.  

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