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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal
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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal

Jul 9 2013, 8:00pm CDT | by

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.  The Denver Post reports the 17-year-old MacKinnon's contract...

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal

Jul 9 2013, 8:00pm CDT | by

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. 

The Denver Post reports the 17-year-old MacKinnon's contract will cost Colorado a $3.775 million salary cap hit. Avalanche vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic was elated with the signing, saying MacKinnon's play is sure to excite their fans

"We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp. 

"His presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team, as well as a lot of excitement to our fans."

MacKinnon couldn't be more excited himself. 

"The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step toward becoming a professional hockey player. I am excited and thrilled to have been drafted by the Avalanche, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp."

With his entry into the NHL already made official, MacKinnon hopes to build on his recent success with the Halifax Moosheads, whom he helped earn their first-ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and Memorial Cup championship. 

MacKinnon was declared MVP of the 2013 Memorial Cup after notching 13 points by way of seven goals and six assists in only four games. He had a hat trick in the final against Portland. 

Former Avalanche goaltender and current head coach Patrick Roy stated MacKinnon would most likely be his third-line center. 

 
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Avalanche’s Giguere retires after 16 seasons

Aug 21 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DENVER — The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He’s part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad. “His achievements speak for themselves, ...
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15 hours ago

Avalanche’s Giguere retires after 16 seasons

Aug 21 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DENVER — The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He’s part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad. “His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning t ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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15 hours ago

Avalanche’s Giguere retires after 16 seasons

Aug 21 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DENVER — The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He’s part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad. “His achievements speak fo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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15 hours ago

Avalanche’s Giguere retires after 16 seasons

Aug 21 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DENVER — The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He’s part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad. “His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winni ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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15 hours ago

Avalanche’s Giguere retires after 16 seasons

Aug 21 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

DENVER — The goaltender known as “Jiggy” is stepping away from the net. Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. The Colorado Avalanche say Giguere made his decision in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He’s part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad. “His achieveme ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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17 hours ago

The time Blake Wheeler created an Avalanche of bad defending

Aug 21 2014 1:24pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Blake Wheeler waited, and waited, and waited some more, en route to a highlight goal in OT to beat Colorado. It's No. 5 on our list of the top 10 goals of the 2013-14 NHL season. Let's break it all down frame-by-frame and get some thoughts from those who enjoyed this one most and those who'd love to forget it forever. As casual observers -- even informed casual observers -- we'll often question the decisi ...
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23 hours ago

Missing Out On Kevin Hayes a Tough Draw for the Colorado Avalanche

Aug 21 2014 7:27am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

The Colorado Avalanche have had a hard time in recent years hitting on draft picks that weren’t lottery picks with only 2009 second-round pick Ryan O’Reilly being the exception to that rule. Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon are all great players and will be backbones of the Avs’ future, but they were drafted in […] ...
Source: Rant Sports   Full article at: Rant Sports
 

 
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2 days ago

Draisaitl, Ritchie, Dal Colle: Who’s NHL-ready?

Aug 19 2014 2:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OK, granted, going from major junior at 18 to the National Hockey League might not be the toughest jump in sports. No, the toughest, at least with teenagers, is leaping directly from high school to Major League Baseball without benefit of a minor league apprenticeship. Only five Baseball Hall of Famers made that jump: Bob Feller, Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew and Catfish Hunter. It happened a number of times in the 1950s during the era of the bonus babies, and you’d stump charte ...
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2 days ago

Draisaitl, Ritchie, Dal Colle: Who’s NHL-ready?

Aug 19 2014 2:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OK, granted, going from major junior at 18 to the National Hockey League might not be the toughest jump in sports. No, the toughest, at least with teenagers, is leaping directly from high school to Major League Baseball without benefit of a minor league apprenticeship. Only five Baseball Hall of Famers made that jump: Bob Feller, Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew and Catfish Hunter. It happened a number of times in the 1950s during the era of the bo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 days ago

Draisaitl, Ritchie, Dal Colle: Who’s NHL-ready?

Aug 19 2014 2:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

OK, granted, going from major junior at 18 to the National Hockey League might not be the toughest jump in sports. No, the toughest, at least with teenagers, is leaping directly from high school to Major League Baseball without benefit of a minor league apprenticeship. Only five Baseball Hall of Famers made that jump: Bob Feller, Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew and Catfish Hunter. It happened a num ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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