The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with Jesse Montano and AJ Haefele breaking down what went wrong in Colorado’s 4-2 loss in Game 3.


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.


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    As others have said, this was a good listen boys.

    EJ — I think there has been more games this year when he has played a fair bit under his usual level than there have been games he met or exceeded that level of play. I seem to remember you guys (or maybe Dater) wondering if he wasn”t playing well because he was pissed about not being on the power play or if him being paired with G was negatively affecting his game.
    And great point about how Bednar has shortened his minutes because of sub-par play.
    I don’t get the Nemeth > EJ thing some folks are ranting about either.

    As to last night’s game, it was disappointing but not really surprising to me.
    The Sharks did a really good job of preventing the Avs from getting spun up.
    And when you couple that with the Avs being sloppy, things aren’t going to go well for the Avs.
    But if the Avs play focused, disciplined, and get their jetpacks fired up, they can take this series.

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    Good PC guys, always good to bring it back to reality, its just a game. Even though its frustrating watching the avs have their growing pain struggles, the overall and future outlook is great. No one thought the Avs were going to be playing second round playoff hockey after the anaheim game in mid march. So here is to them regrouping, digging deep and playing a great game four tomorrow night. You are right that sitting EJ and playing Nemeth is crazy. Just some frustration coming through. AJ, maybe a second career for you as sports therapist/counselor?

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    Good podcast guys, very good final segment. The Avs didn’t deserve that win last night and they came within shouting distance of getting it anyway. Take some time to enjoy Cale Makar exceeding every reasonable expectation. 1-3-4 in 6 games and looking like a cat toying with a mouse when the cat is playing his 6th NHL game and the mouse is a 10 year veteran. He makes Sam Girard seem ho-hum. Think about that. The Avs response tomorrow night will be one of the more interesting barometers in Avs-land in a long, long time.

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    And a big hug right back to the two of you. Glad you stated the obvious that this loss was not the end of the world, it’s not even the end of the season. Great perspective given. Chill out people. Take a breath and keep supporting this team!! Go Avs!!

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