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Sunday Notes: Kroenkes Ruling Sports World Again, Avalanche Skating Again Locally




A good Sunday to all. Sunny, beautiful day in Thornton. Let’s do some Sunday NHL and Avalanche notes, starting with a note on the Kroenke sports empire:

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  • It’s funny, I haven’t heard a lot of chirping lately about how the Kroenke family are “terrible” sports team owners. Last I checked, they had: the Stanley Cup, with the Avalanche, the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams, a National Lacrosse League championship with the Colorado Mammoth and a 4-0 Premier League team in Arsenal. I would be surprised if the Nuggets aren’t a Western Conference finalist this coming year either.
  • Yeah, I know, the thing with Comcast still. I get it. I’m a Comcast subscriber too. It’s stupid. But Comcast are true villains in this thing too. They’re greedy and all I know is my bill keeps going up every month with them. Or every few months. Yet, I can’t get the channel that shows the local winter pro sports teams? Yeah, I know Comcast – I don’t always watch the Altitude channel when the teams aren’t on. I also don’t watch a lot of the Spanish language soap opera channel either, that I’m forced to subsidize. What’s your point?
  • Anybody who thinks I’m a Kroenke apologist is way wrong, too. But I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
  • It sounds like Nazem Kadri’s day with the Cup yesterday was a big success (Toronto Sun)
  • Sam Carchidi gave voice to the grousing and grumbling of the Flyers’ tertiary front office and fanbase. 2016 top pick German Rubstov bolted for the KHL. As GM of the Flyers, Hextall came up short on too many first-round picks, and Sam goes into detail. Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Joe Thornton? Evan Rodrigues? Are the Sharks interested in any of the remaining free agents? San Jose Sharks.
  • Hall of Fame columnist Dave Molinari says the Penguins’ ‘pigeon’ logo looks awful, but it could be worse. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Documentary recommendation: “Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon”. As a headbanging kid from the early 80s – and I have the hearing problems now to prove it – Rhoads was just an amazing rock guitarist who tragically died young.
  • The top 10 FANTASY hockey defensemen (Hockey News)
  • I’ll be at Oktoberfest next month in Munich, Germany. Any Avalanche fans there who want a book signing, let me know.
  • From roughly 15-18 years old, I had no girlfriends, because I was 6-5 and about 135 pounds and shy, so my weekend nights were spent BLASTING heavy metal vinyl albums on my stepfather’s very good stereo, with headphones. Kiss, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Accept, AC/DC, Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Sabbath, Ratt, Def Leppard, Loudness, Whitesnake, Motorhead, Dio, Krokus – I played it all, up to 11 on my stereo. I LOVED it. And, yeah, now I can’t hear too good.
  • An early, sleeper pick for the next Frank J. Selke Trophy: Valeri Nichushkin.
  • Avalanche players have been skating regularly most every day, at Family Sports Center. Sam Girard and Erik Johnson have been some of the most regularly-skating guys.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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John Mauss

No Av has ever won the Selke Trophy, I believe.

Peter North

MacKinnon almost won the Sulke…


Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden were heavy metal, these 3 were actually the beginning of the genre. The rest of those bands were either hair metal or hard rock. The distinction is important.

Dave North

Not really


I think the NHL does us no favors either. As a Cowboys fan, I can watch a game immediately after the game ends with NFL+. The NHL has a similar deal but there is a black out since I live here, so I cannot purchase that. That leaves us with very little options. I just want to be able to stream Avalanche games (legally) and not be bound to all of the other channels I could care less about. And I grew up on all the bands you did as well. I blared the tunes in my head phones, my… Read more »

Adam Hunter

If you make up here to Berlin I’d love an autograph (and I’ll buy you a giant schnitzel)


Hey Adrian, check out bands like Skull Fist and Enforcer if you still enjoy old school metal. These new bands are incredible. I’m 54 years old and still a metal head.

Karl Keen

Don’t forget about Dish too. I had Dish and cancelled it. Switched to HULU with ESPN +. Was still blacked out for Avs game (although you can get a NORDVP to bypass). I’m moving out of state in a month so hope to watch more Avs games on ESPN + now.


The whole Altitude/Comcast fiasco doesn’t reflect good on any of the participants. But where I give the Kroenke family credit is that within a cut throat business, they generally seem to have taken the high road with their personell. Bednar made a point about the ownership trusting him and his staff through the 48 pt and some pretty disappointing playoff losses beyond that. But even before Bednar, our coaches were generally given long leashes by the front office. Both Roy and Sacco only had one good season each (in their first year respectively) but both got to coach for 4… Read more »


It’s funny that you mention the Kroenke’s and heavy metal bands. I just saw the Stadium Tour with Poison, Def Leppard and Motley Crue this past weekend at, of all places, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.

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