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Morning Flurries: Avalanche win and FanFest is Tonight

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And, Seattle hired the first female professional scout

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Avalanche Win

The Avalanche iced a very young lineup last night, but it didn’t matter as the team put on their best performance of the preseason defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Pavel Francouz didn’t face many shots but he was solid in net, while Jayson Megna looked like someone who desperately wants to make the NHL roster to start the season. For those of you who missed it, here is our in-depth recap of the game.

Fan Fest

Tonight, the Colorado Avalanche are hosing their second annual Fan Fest at Pepsi Center, starting at 5pm. The Avs will have an on-ice practice at 6pm, with give-aways after. The event is free, and includes free food as well as chances to win prizes. Fans are encouraged to RSVP here. For more information, click here.

Even if you can’t make it, chances are that you can follow along on social media, in the same way that the charity golf tournament was documented online.

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Cale Makar’s Dad at College Hockey Summit

Gary Makar is on the way to becoming a star in his own right. On Tuesday, he joined TSN analyst Craig Button at the CCM College Hockey Summit in Calgary. The two day event also featured a Q&A session with Colorado College assistant coach RJ Enga, and College Hockey Inc. used the occasion to remind everyone that 84 NCAA D1 players last season ere from Canada and that Cale won the Hobey Baker Award.

Rantanen Hold Out

There is still no news on Mikko Rantanen or when he might sign a new contract with the Avs. Opening night puck drop is one week from today, and their last preseason game is on Saturday. At this point, it’s looking more and more likely that Rantanen won’t be in the Avs opening day, or week lineup.

Female Scout in Seattle

The Seattle hockey club announced that they hired five professional scouts, including the first female, Cammi Granato. Granato was the captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where they won gold, and was on the team for their silver medal winning performance in the 2002 Winter Olympics. She was a part of the national team from 1990-2005. Granato played at both Providence College and Concordia University, as well as two seasons with the Vancouver Griffins in the NWHL. She also comes from a prolific hockey with one brother coaching in the NCAA, one coaching for the Buffalo Sabers and her played for the Hartford Whalers.