Remember Nemo?

As a longtime Avalanche fan, of course you do. But if you’re a little younger and want to hear about one of the more unique players in team history, here are a few minutes about Ville Nieminen. A funny Finn off the ice who played with a mean streak on it, Nemo was a very important part of the Avalanche’s 2001 championship team.

He didn’t start the season with the team, though. He started it as a Hershey Bear. Nemo swore to me he would never sniff any chocolate fumes again before too long, and he kept his word.

More on that memory and others about him are included in my fireside chat. Click on the video below for more, and as always, thanks to our ace reporter/producer Allie Monroy for putting this together.


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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, 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.

  • Unit5

    That grimace coupled with the style of play made Silly Ville one of my favorite Avs. Was sorry to see him go. Thanks for the memories, Adrian.

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