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For 2022, scroll down 
 
I'll continue doing commentaries for my own site, and also
writing for Mile High Sports Magazine and for milehighsports.com.
As of the opening of Avalanche training camp in late September 2021,
I'll also be helping out old friend Adrian Dater by contributing frequent
pieces on his Colorado Hockey Now web site. A selection of more
evergreen pieces will be listed here. CHN is part of the Hockey Now
network and does require a subscription. Here's my Colorado
Hockey Now archive, with many also accessible below. -- TF 


 

 

May 19, 2022

Avs have no jump 

in Game 2? How

can that be? 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

 

May 19, 2022

Book excerpt:

Ryan O'Reilly,

Avalanche enigma

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

May 17, 2022

Avs' Manson-Girard

pairing has big night

in Game 2 win

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

May 15, 2022

Starting Monday:

Co-hosting Afternoon

Drive on MHS Radio   

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Read it here

 

 

May 13, 2022

Blues placed the one

speed bump in Bednar's

coaching career 

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Colorado Hockey Now

Read it here 

 

 

 

May 12, 2022

Erik Johnson credits

his defensive partner,

20-year-old Bo Byram 

 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

May 9, 2022

Avs easily dispatch

Predators. Now comes

second-round hurdle  

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

May 9, 2022

Upon return,

Landeskog hits

the ice running 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

May 8, 2022

Eye of beholder,

but Kuemper should

watch Game 4 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

May 7, 2022

How Kuemper's bizzare

eye injury unfolded

in Game 3 at Nashville

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

  

May 3, 2022

Bednar pushes all

right buttons in 

Game 1 choices 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

May 2, 2022

The Captain returns

for Avalanche ...

just in time for playoffs 

 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here  

 

 

May 2, 2022

Nathan MacKinnon

says the stars gotta

drive the bus  

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Colorado Hockey Now 

 

Read it here 

 

 

May 1, 2020

Balloting will be

over, but Makar vs.

Josi intriguing 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

April 30, 2022

Think you know

Matt Duchene?

Book excerpt 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here  

April 28, 2020

Darcy Kuemper and

the money-goalie

challenge for Avs

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Colorado Hockey Now 

 

Read it here 

 

 

April 26, 2022

It's pretty simple:

Devon Toews returns,

Avalanche wins 

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Colorado Hockey Now 

 

Read it here

 

 

 

April 25, 2022

Jack Johnson is 

Colorado nominee

for Masterton 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read It Here 

 

 

 

April 24, 2022

Jay Norvell's rebranding,

rebuilding of CSU Rams

seems on track 

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 Melquuan Stovall hauls in TD pass from Clay Millen

early in CSU Spring Game Saturday. (CSU Photo)

 

Keep reading here 

 

 


 
April 21, 2022
Dan Ficke is coming home.
He's named men's hoops
coach at MSU Denver    
 
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It's a big day in the Colorado sports community. MSU Denver just made the home-run hire of Dan Ficke as the Roadrunners' new men's basketball coach. 

Many of us in Colorado literally saw Dan grow up.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 19, 2022

Makr and Byram: 

Faces of the future

on Avalanche D  

 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

April 17, 2022

Hockey in horrific

conditions at WWII's 

Stalag Luft III

 

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A few years ago, while communicating with Marilyn Walton about her father's time as a prisoner of war in the infamous Stalag Luft III, she mentioned I might know her son. John Walton. The radio voice of the Washington Capitals.

 

Small world, isn't it?

 

 Read it here

 

 

  

April 15, 2022

Gophers' Ben Meyers

bolts the state of hockey

to sign with Avalanche 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

 

April 14, 2022

Ex-Pio Logan O'Connor

revels in DU's NCAA

title, living with Avs' role

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2022

My Avalanche playoff

preview in Mile High 

Sports Magazine 

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Digital issue here 

 

 

 

April 9, 2022

How many Avalanche

played NCAA hockey?

Glad you asked ... 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

April 7, 2022

How Avalanche "D"

might shake out

in NHL playoffs 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

March 30, 2022

MacKinnon should

keep the gloves on

... for the good of all 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

March 26, 2022

25 years ago tonight

in Detroit, all hell

broke loose in Detroit 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

March 25, 2022

Kurtis MacDermid

can so play dead in

a Western ... and more

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2022

With 4 new skaters,

did Avalanche tinker

too much at deadline?

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

March 22, 2022

Lehtonen reunited

with childhood friend,

Mikko Rantanen   

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2022

McDavid or MacKinnon?

Sometimes Nathan is

just too modest 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2022

Oil-Avs features

Manson (father) vs.

Manson (son) 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

  

March 15, 2022

Manson vs. MacDermid:

Avalanche fathers

had a '92 scrap 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

March 14, 2022

Erik Johnson in a

horse race for

minutes on D 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

March 13, 2022

Ball Arena is

back to "normal":

How will it feel? 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

  

March 9, 2022

Bednar's ongoing

experimentation

down the stretch 

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Colorado Hockey Now 

 

Read it here

 

 

March 7, 2022

Alex Newhook on

fellow '19 draftee

Bo Byram 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

March 6, 2022

If you're building 

up Kuemper, leave 

him in there 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

March 2, 2022

What do Russian 

players think? Is 

it fair to ask? 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

February 27, 2022

Remember Nikolishin?

Avs' center's Ukrainian

roots involved invasion,

gulags, forced mines labor... 

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The story begins with Andrei's father, Vasily Nikolishin, in Ukraine, three decades before Andrei was born. It is a tale of war and hideous inhumanity; of forced resettlement, Soviet gulags and coal mines; and of a young boy named Andrei born and raised in the Arctic Circle, for years neither knowing nor understanding the test of will and survival his father had been through.

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

February 25, 2022

Avs, trailing 3-0,

had 'em right where

they wanted 'em

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

February 24, 2022

Best counsel for

Bo Bryram: Sit

out the season

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

  

February 20, 2022

Avalanche are

Waiting for Godot ...

and Giroux? 

Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

 

February 17, 2022

Alas, Erik Johnson's

horse Mackinnon won't

run in Kentucky Derby 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

February 16, 2022

A salary-cap 

loophole Zambonis

can drive through

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Colordo Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

 

February 14, 2022

Aube-Kubel is

fitting in well

with Avalanche 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

February 10, 2022

Joe Sakic knows

about pressure -- on

and off the Ice

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

February 9, 2022

Coming out of break:

On the Avalanche

goals down stretch   

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

February 6, 2022

Why all, not some,

NHL games should

be worth 3 points 

 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

February 5, 2022

And the No. 1

Star is ... Newman as

Chiefs' Reg Dunlop 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

February 2, 2022

As Avalanche head into

All-Star break, it's on to

Super Bowl for Kroenke  

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

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January 31, 2022

Has Nazem Kadri

priced his way

out of town?

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here  

 

 

January 28, 2022

Sometimes I think

Gabe Landeskog really

is from Flin Flon

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

January 26, 2022

Happy 97th Birthday,

Reg Dunlop ... er,

Paul Newman 

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On what would be Paul Newman's 97th birthday, here's the column I wrote after his 2008 death:

Paul Newman pulled up on a scooter and settled into a chair to watch the Victory Lane ceremony after the Grand Prix of Denver.

When I approached and asked him about the importance of a merger between the Indy Racing League and the Champ Car World Series — his team, Newman-Haas Racing, competed in the latter — he told me, “There’s no sense talking about something that isn’t going to happen.”

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2022

Why my hunch

is that Francouz

will open playoffs  

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 23, 2022

Winning alone

doesn't meet Avs'

high standards 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 21, 2022

MacDermid is 

doing his job, but  

does his job still

belong in game?

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 18, 2022

Avalanche showing

they can win playing

any style of game 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 14, 2022

Can Tyson Jost

be more than the 

"other" Alberta kid? 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 11, 2022

Update on Mackinnon ...

Erik Johnson's horse

shooting for Derby

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Erik Johnson with Crosscheck Carlos at Del Mar 

 

Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

January 10, 2022

Landeskog, COVID 

Protocol, Avalanche 

frustration over it all 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

January 9, 2022

Buffs' da Silva

improving by leaps

and bounds as soph 

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BOULDER -- A year ago, Tristan da Silva was a rough-edged talent trying to adapt to the North American game, collegiate living and taking classes in his second language after journeying across the Atlantic from his native Munich, Germany.

 

That would be difficult under "normal" conditions.

 

In COVID-19 times, maneuvering through travel red tape alone could be excruciating, and that was just to get to Boulder. 

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2022

A year with Nick Saban

before he was

NICK SABAN 

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In early 1995, Nick Saban and I were walking across the Michigan State campus in East Lansing. He waved his hand in a sweeping motion and brought up his initial impressions of the place when he joined head coach George Perles’ staff as a young Spartans assistant in 1983.

“I thought, ‘Now this is what a college campus should be like,’” Saban told me. “The trees. The river. It’s like a national park with a college in it.”

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

January 8, 2022

Overlapping games stark

reminder: Best show in

town is on the ice 

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Hockey Colorado Now

 

Read it here 

 

 

 

January 6, 2022

Avalanche top line

(whatever you call it) 

at the top of its game 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here

 

 

January 3, 2021

How Dan Reeves' death 

(RIP and thanks, coach)

reminded me of scenario

that could save Fangio job ...

at least for now  

 

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 The other day, when hearing that former Broncos, Giants and Falcons coach Dan Reeves had died at age 77, I had several reactions.

 

In a chain reaction, actually, I eventually was reminded of a scenario that could -- emphasis on could -- lead to the beleaguered Vic Fangio keeping his job as part of a holding pattern, at least until the team is sold and an ownership change finalized.

 

Before I get to that...

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

 

January 3, 2022

Darcy Kuemper needs

to be better than "OK"

in Avalanche net 

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Colorado Hockey Now

 

Read it here