There are many people out there who want to know every single important date regarding the Colorado Avalanche so that they can plan ahead.
And for those people, I’ve got another important date to mark down on their calendars – the start of training camp.
No, the Avalanche haven’t officially announced their dates for training camp, and they don’t usually do that until a few weeks before it starts, but there’s an easy way to figure out when camp starts. A quick peek at the ice schedule for Family Sports, where the Avalanche practice, tells you all you need to know.
They have ice blocked off for the NHL for weeks leading up to camp, as players start rolling into town for unofficial skates to get ready. The majority of players start rolling into town around Labor Day. Heck, some players are already in town skating while they train for next season. However, a look further down the schedule shows you the date you need to mark.
That’s the first date they have marked for training camp, and it continues for two more days after that. On all three of those days, the Avalanche will hit the ice from around 8 AM to 1 PM. As Colorado’s first preseason game is at home on September 24, this sounds about right, as the team usually opens camp just a few days before that preseason opener.
With those dates set for training camp, expect media day to take place on September 20.
Again, none of this is official, but it’s as close to official as you can get, as Family Sports is where the team practices and runs camp. Rookie camp typically takes place about a week before that, and the Rookie Faceoff tournament, which is expected to take place in Vegas this year, will be during that time.
So mark your calendars, because you only have to wait a little over two months to see Colorado (and all their new faces) on the ice again.