Though training camp had concluded, the Colorado Avalanche remained hard at work on Monday. Team brass first headed to Coors Field; though not to take in a baseball game featuring the lowly Colorado Rockies. Instead they held a press conference to reveal additional details about their Coors Light Stadium Series matchup with the Detroit Red Wings next season, which happens to be the team’s 20th campaign since moving to Colorado.
Joining Avalanche president Josh Kroenke, executive vice president of hockey operations/general manager Joe Sakic and captain Gabriel Landeskog were several other representatives from different entities involved in the game. From the NHL, Commissioner Gary Bettman and COO John Collins were on hand; as was Rockies owner Richard Monfort. Representing the Red Wings was special assistant to the general manager Kris Draper.
MillerCoors director of sports & entertainment Adam Dettman was in attendance, as was Colorado Governor (and Wynkoop Brewery founder) John Hickenlooper. The men’s hockey coaches from the University of Denver and Colorado College also made an appearance.
“This is going to be a very special outdoor game,” said Bettman. “The fact that our title sponsor Coors Light is presenting this game with us at Coors Field, what could be better? When you take the fact that we are in Denver where there are so many great sports fans and the Avalanche has so much support, and you add to that the rivalry that the Avalanche have with the Red Wings coupled with the Alumni Game, this is going to be very special and very exciting.”
The game, which will take place on Feb. 27, will be preceded by both an alumni game and matchup between DU and CC on Feb. 26. A limited number of tickets will be released to the general public on Oct. 27, additional ticketing information can be found here.
The Avalanche also revealed the sweater they will be wearing during the contest. Like was the case when the Avalanche moved to Colorado, the jersey will be white. It will also feature a burgundy Colorado “c” with a puck on the front, larger numbers on the back and shoulders (so they can been seen from anywhere in the expansive Coors Field), as well as “5280” on the collar to pay homage to the Mile High City.
The team followed up their Stadium Series press conference by announcing their first roster cuts of the preseason. In all, they trimmed 20 players, bringing their current roster to 44. In total, 11 players(including four on AHL contracts) were sent to the training camp of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, eight (including one on an amateur tryout) were sent back to their Canadian junior clubs and goaltender Maximilian Pajpach was returned to Tappara in Finland’s Liiga. The players cut were:
- C JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
- D Sergei Boikov (Drummondville, QMJHL)
- LW Troy Bourke (San Antonio, AHL)
- LW Trevor Cheek (San Antonio, AHL)
- D Cody Corbett (San Antonio, AHL)
- D Justin Hamonic (San Antonio, AHL) #
- C Samuel Henley (San Antonio, AHL)
- D Hubert Labrie (San Antonio, AHL) #
- D Daniel Maggio (San Antonio, AHL) #
- RW Nick Magyar (Kitchener, OHL)
- D Raphael Maheux (Quebec, QMJHL)^
- G Spencer Martin (San Antonio, AHL)
- D Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL)
- C Garrett Meurs (San Antonio, AHL)
- C/LW Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL)
- C Gustav Olhaver (Seattle, WHL)
- G Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara, Liiga)
- LW Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or, QMJHL)
- C Reid Petryk (San Antonio, AHL) #
- LW Michael Schumacher (San Antonio, AHL) #
# denotes AHL contract
^ denotes amateur tryout