Andrew Parker, who had been the Colorado Avalanche’s team physician since the team’s inception in 1995, is no longer with the organization.

Parker, along with other team medical staff, did not have his contract renewed. The Avs and Denver Nuggets will exclusively use staff from a partnership with UCHealth, BSNDenver has learned. Last year, Kroenke Sports began a partnership with UCHealth, but retained Parker and other staff such as dental and optical. The expanded partnership means Parker and others were relieved of duties. According to the website of Orthopedics Associates, Parker is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He was a frequent sight around Avs games, home and road, for 22 years. It is unclear if the Avs will name one new head team physician from UCHealth, or use multiple people.

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling "Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era" and "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die", which was published in October, 2016.

  • Pixelrebirth

    Awesome find Dater… these kinds of stories keep me coming back to BSN every day. I am finding myself only checking BSN now if I am in a hurry to see news.

    Love having you back in the light.

    Love the podcast with you two, it is a highlight of my week.

    • Adrian Dater

      Thank you sir, or madame

  • nemesis44uk

    Nice find, Mr Dater. Well done.

    Is this likely to be part of Sakic’s “turnover” he mentioned?

  • flyfysher

    The Avs should part ways with whoever was the coach on the PP last year. Last I heard, that was Tim Army. Read somewhere that Army’s contract has expired. Will it be renewed?