Chambers: John Hayes, Ball Arena are good names for Denver hockey

Even the Pepsi Center’s name change to Ball Arena is a fantastic movement for Denver baseball. John Hayes, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Broomfield-based Ball Corporation, is a hockey guy. He plays adult-league baseball and was the very proud owner of the Denver Cutthroats, the Central Hockey League affiliate of the Avalanche
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Kiszla: Why the Avs are frugal in Cup quest, Von Miller might be done with Broncos and Nolan Arenado could be stuck in bad Rockies marriage

With untrue Stanley Cup ambitions and oodles of money to spend, why didn’t the Avalanche splurge on prior MVP Taylor Hall on the first day of NHL free service? COVID-19. Does linebacker Von Miller get crabby when a Denver radio station asks him about taking a paycut to stay with the Broncos? COVID-19. How can
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Avalanche’s Tyson Jost enters NHL restart with confidence: “I want to be in the lineup”

Avalanche ahead Tyson Jost will restart the NHL season in Edmonton just a brief drive. However, his family was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ll be about 15 minutes down the road from them, but I won’t see them for two and a half a year,” Jost said. “That’will be bizarre. It s bothersome. …
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Cale Makar progressing toward return to Avalanche training camp

Cale Makar performed individual on-ice drills Thursday before Avalanche practice in a signal that Colorado’s standout rookie defenseman is nearing a return to training camp. Makar, one of three finalists for NHL rookie of the year, has not skated with the team since Saturday after being listed “unfit” to play; with league policy prohibiting teams
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Jim Hilliard, battling ALS, will get to watch son, Sam, play for Rockies Friday night

COVID-19 will keep most fans out of Globe Life Field this season. Most fans. But thanks to the efforts of Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his staff, one very special family was in attendance Tuesday night in a comfy, safe place. Jim and Tamara Hilliard, the parents of Rockies rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard, were
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Avalanche gets taste of what’s to come in scrimmages inside empty Pepsi Center

The Avalanche got a taste on Thursday of what it would feel like next month when the Western Conference playoffs unfold prior to no fans at 18,500-seat Rogers Place in Edmonton. For the first time because NHL training camps started Monday, the Avs maintained a scrimmage in a vacant Pepsi Center. “Obviously, it’so quiet, but
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Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi chose Avalanche in free agency last summer. He’s now having a career year.

A bit more than a year later choosing the Avalanche, Finnish winger Joonas Donskoi can unequivocally say totally free service went well for him. Donskoi, who played in the Western Conference finals last year with the San Jose Sharks, is currently preparing for the play with a group many believe may win the Stanley Cup.
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Nathan MacKinnon back with preferred wingers as Avalanche begins training camp

For the first time since Feb. 17, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had his two favored wingers on the flanks Monday in Day 1 of training camp to the NHL’s return-to-play, 24-team playoffs. This can be actually the Avs’ perfect line in operating toward winning the Stanley Cup. MacKinnon has skated with All-Stars Gabe Landeskog along
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Avalanche fan-free training camp to begin Monday at the Pepsi Center

The Avalanche has declared its training camp with no fans for the upcoming 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs at Edmonton (Western Conference) and Toronto (Eastern Conference). Related Articles Chambers: Risk of dropping a game-changing celebrity to COVID-19 will hover over Stanley Cup playoffs NHL is back in business; Avs to report Edmonton for 24-team Stanley Cup
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Avs’ Pierre-Edouard Bellemare may not see his family for weeks. But he’s “ready to make some sacrifices to win that Cup”

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has set his 2 kids to bed nearly every night for four months since the NHL paused its time March 12 due to the pandemic. The Avalanche center today confronts the possibility of being in precisely the same room with his household for at least five weeks if the Avs get to the
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