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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 15th, 2014

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In case you missed it, Puck Daddy posted a Top Thirty hockey calls of all-time video.

Talk Hockey has attempted to define it in its top 30 hockey announcer calls of all-time, and there are a few common themes.

It has to involve a goal. It has to involve some level of championship competition. The best ones have some amazing quotable moment that lingers on through history – “MAY DAY MAY DAY” or “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?” make the list, to the surprise of no one.

And according to this list, it should involve the baritone of Gary Thorne, the former voice of the NHL in the U.S. during its ESPN/ABC contract. He makes the list seven times; more than Bob Cole (four) and Doc Emrick (two). Some of Thorne’s goal calls are so emphatic that they shake your soul; others stick in your brain long after the games have faded for their ingenuity.

Clear out 13 minutes and watch this countdown. What did they get right, and what did they miss?

I know most are bitter with the Blues at the moment, but Jaden Schwartz is changing his jersey number.

St. Louis Blues player Jaden Schwartz is honouring his deceased sister by switching to the same jersey number she wore when she played hockey at Yale.

The Saskatchewan-born NHL player announced on Twitter last week that he would be switching from No. 9 to No. 17 as a tribute to his sister Mandi, who died of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 23 in 2011.

SBN NHL has the five best "A" 's in history.

It's one thing to rank the best players in the history of the NHL. But that's almost too easy.

Instead, we've decided to go letter by letter through the alphabet, then rank the best players based on the first letter of their last name.

Today, we start with the letter "E".

Oh, wait. Sources tell me the alphabet starts with "A". Let's start there instead.

Here's how it works: I've gone through the history of the NHL and plucked the players I believe to be the best with "A" last names. But this isn't my decision completely. Each of these lists over the next five weeks will have a poll attached to it.

Look at the list and vote on the player you think is the best below, and (kindly) let us know in the comments if you disagree with our top five. The five players are listed in alphabetical order.