"It was amazing, the run my team made," Hishon told NHL.com following an off-ice workout during the Avalanche's development camp at the team's suburban practice facility. "We weren't really expected to do anything. As a matter of fact, they had us ranked right out of the playoffs, so to have the season that we had and to be as successful as we were was the highlight of my junior career, for sure."
Taking into account his track record for beating the odds, it wouldn't be wise to discount Hishon's chances of winning a roster spot with the Avs in training camp even though the team already has three young centers in Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.
While we knew the Predators were not going to re-sign Shane O'Brien, it's official now. While the length and value of the contract have yet to be announced, the Colorado Avalanche are reporting via their twitter page that they have signed the defenseman that Predators fans had grown to love (and sometimes hate, especially during the Anaheim series).
The Predators traded for O'Brien just before the beginning of the 2010-2011 season and he played a vital role on the blueline, especially on the penalty kill. O'Brien probably took more penalties than Predators fans would have liked, but he brought physicality and toughness that we had really only seen with Jordin Tootoo, but with more size.
And Colorado's choice to choose players with ties to the Avalanche organization continues... with Garrett Meurs
"I’m glad it was them," said Meurs. "It actually couldn’t have worked out any better."
While it may seem like a long way from Ripley to Colorado, Meurs actually trains with the Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly, a native of Clinton. Joey Hishon of the Owen Sound Attack also trains with them in Goderich and was a 2010 pick of the Avs.
"I begin training next Monday with O’Reilly and Joey," said Meurs. "It’s great, I’m going to be able to learn a lot of things from them and get comfortable with the franchise."
Kyle Quincey, brother of Walkerton Hawks defenceman Kevin Quincey, is also a member of the Avs.