What is one side benefit of having a guy on the staff who covered the Avalanche every day for the first 20 years of its existence? That’s right: I got stories, folks.

In the debut of what we plan to be a regular feature here at BSN, I bring you “Avalanche Storytime”, which is as simple as it sounds. I talk about something from the Avs’ past, in video form, with personal memories and anecdotes.

While I will refrain from making myself the story in the vast majority of these, I can’t help but use the “I” word a lot in this first installment. It’s the story of how I got the, ahem, story of the original offer made by Comsat Video Enterprises, the owners of the Denver Nuggets in 1995, for the Quebec Nordiques.

It was the scoop that led to what I’m still doing now, 22 years later.

As always when I do these kinds of things, it’s a reminder of why I went into the writing part of this business, not the broadcasting part. But I hope you enjoy this, and give me any suggestions for Avalanche stories from the past you want me to talk about in the future. Chances are, I was there.

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

    Your right. I did like that. Felt like sitting on my grandpa’s knee at the fireplace….

    Just kidding, this is great. Always wanted to hear your stories. Im sure this will satisfy a thousand asks a year for you to tell people stuff.

    Looking forward to the next one.

    • Adrian Dater

      Thank you!

    • Mark Kinz

      Ol Grandpa Dater always has the best stories!

      But really, great work sir!

  • boratbuff

    And this is an example of why the immature and petulant AJ Haefele will never equal AD. AJ is too insecure to consider other opinions than his own and AD has been around long enough to know that he doesn’t know it all. Someday AJ will get the wisdom and experience of AD, but until then, we have to suffer through his arrogance. Thank goodness we have AD to counter the immaturity of AJ.

  • MikeL

    On August 3rd you said the Zadora signing was close. ????????

  • raistlin76

    Good story Adrian. Can’t wait for next one. How often do you plan this? Once a week?