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Dater’s Daily: Avalanche Rookie Faceoff Starts, Darryl Sutter Still A Beauty



A good Friday to all. Looks like a fabulous weather day here in the great state of Colorado. That is almost what I have said most every day I’ve lived here since 1991. ‘Tis a privilege, indeed, to live in Colorado. Let’s do some NHL notes and links, starting with information on the Rookie Faceoff this weekend in San Jose and some on their former coach, Darryl Sutter:

  • I’m not seeing any places to watch a stream of the game between the Avalanche and Los Angles Kings today, at 3 p.m. mountain time. That’s unlike the previous couple of years. Has anyone seen a place where it can be streamed?
  • If you missed it, my new part-time hire, Brennan Vogt, did a great job breaking down how Oskar Olausson and Ben Meyers looked yesterday at rookie camp.
  • One of my – and many others in the hockey biz – favorite people is Flames coach Darry Sutter. It’s weird: like Scotty Bowman, he’s one of those really old-school guys that I hit it off with whenever the opportunities came to cross paths. I’ve spent some quality time on the phone with him, talking about the game and life, just like I still do all the time with Scotty. Darryl Sutter has everything prioritized right in life. Family, faith, hard work. Take a look at this video of what his life is like away from hockey. Man, do I ENVY that life. (YouTube)
  • Sportsnet: More trouble for Hockey Canada is brewing. They were alerted to a possible third sexual assault on their watch.
  • Brad Marchand won’t be back to the Boston Bruins until Thanksgiving (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Islanders star Mat Barzal had some thoughts on the Barry Trotz departure (NYI Hockey Now)
  • Trade rumors may be a season-long distraction for the Winnipeg Jets (Hockey News)
  • Jack Eichel is ready to silence the critics this year with the Vegas Golden Knights (Hockey News)
  • A story I wrote for Sports Illustrated on how smoking used to be prevalent among NHL players (
  • With the season ramping back up, I’m doing something of a subscription drive, a la National Public Radio – minus the peaceful, dulset tones. So, please, you fence-sitters, come on board with Colorado Hockey Now – where we cover the (bleep) out of the Colorado Avalanche. Get 20% off the regular, yearly price by using the promo code word 5off in the quick and easy subscription checkout box here. I already have the most affordable price in town for Avalanche fans. Now it’s even more affordable, with a drop from $29.99 to $24.99 (checkout box)
  • If I could encapsulate one song what it was like to live in the 1980s as a young, up-and-coming person, this would be it (YouTube)
  • My back hurts worse than ever. Imagine a dull knife in your lower back, That’s me.
  • Top rookies to watch in Vegas (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • The story behind the story of the new Sharks jerseys (San Jose Hockey Now)

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