“Take a hit to make a play.” It’s one of hockey’s oldest axioms and when Matt Calvert absorbed a crushing blow from Brent Burns in order to chip the puck out of the defensive zone and ahead to Nathan MacKinnon for what became the game-winning goal in Game 2, Calvert gave up more than just the hit. As it turns…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.