Today was an optional practice that about half of the Colorado Avalanche attended. Most of the top players took the day off to rest, so a lot of the bottom-six were out getting the work in. There was some really good news from the practice, no additional players were injured in last night’s game against Philadelphia. The best news? Evan Rodrigues is a possibility for tomorrow’s game against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres. The Avalanche are slowly, but surely, getting healthy again. Rodrigues will add some offensive power to the top six that the team has been lacking as of late.
We were able to sit down with Brad Hunt, one of the latest callups by the Avalanche from the Colorado Eagles. We asked him about several different things from his experience to his favorite food.
Hunt was one of the more successful players in Loveland, with 20 points in 22 games. I asked him to tell me about his experience with the Avalanche and the Eagles so far:
“Oh, it’s been awesome. I mean the staff, time around the players down there. They do everything top notch, top class and it’s wonderful and it makes it an easy transition coming here (to Denver). It’s been a lot of fun,” Hunt said. “It’s a great group of guys, obviously a special group of guys. A lot of skill, a lot of fun. Things that I can learn when I’m here and I’m just taking it day by day and having a lot of fun.”
Hunt had signed a two-year, two- way contract over the summer with the organization. I asked why he chose Colorado over other teams:
“Here, there are so many great things and obviously, it’s a winning culture and I think that’s something that as you get older, you kind of want to win. And I think obviously, the fruit was in the pudding here. That’s what matters most here is winning and that has a lot to do with it,” he told me.
He has taken part in the AHL’s hardest shot competition, placing second. I asked him does he use that as a scare tactic when shooting the puck?
“I think it’s just one of those things where it’s, I mean, that may be keen to know that I have a hard shot but I don’t think maybe there’s a little bit of fear but guys are so good at blocking shots and a lot of courage. And so maybe there’s a little bit of fear, but not too many guys understand a lot and probably a lot of guys that shoot harder than I do. Yeah, it’s it’s one of those things where it doesn’t swing as hard as they can and hopefully it gets through the first layer and guess,” Hunt said.
When I asked what his favorite type of music was he gave the perfect answer:
“Oh, geez. I’m like old school. I like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, all that kind of stuff. The E Street Band. Yeah, like Blink 182 And kind of the punk rock I guess. But yeah, I like a bit of everything country music. That’s all, putting out whatever’s on the radio is fine,” he said.
We have the link to his full interview here!