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The season might be over for the Colorado Avalanche, but Giguere knows that he still has fans in the area.

Teenager Logan Piz’s request was simply to spend the day with the Stanley Cup trophy. Hanging out with Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere as well?

Hey, he will gladly take that, too. This was certainly an experience Piz won’t soon forget, a day made possible through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The 13-year-old was completely surprised when the trophy was brought into his hospital room Wednesday. Later, he had a surprise of his own: Joining his hockey team on the ice for his first practice since being diagnosed with a form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma nearly six months ago.

And who should show up? Giguere, of course, one of Piz’s favourite players.

Torres is heading to a meeting with Shanahan.

The play in question occurred during the Kings’ 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, when that battering ram of a human being, Torres, a Sharks forward, crushed Stoll with an open-ice hit toward the end of the second period. Stoll left the game, didn’t return, and Torres received a two-minute charging minor on the play.

A day later, after the NHL’s department of player safety determined that the play deserved a second longer look, Torres was summoned to New York for an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan, the league’s chief disciplinarian.

TSN has an off-season game plan for the Avs.

The Avalanche have missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, which cost head coach Joe Sacco his job, but the blame doesn't fall squarely on Sacco. The Avalanche have some skilled young players, but a shaky defence and subpar goaltending have proven to be issues that they haven't been able to overcome.