Monday, September 07, 2009

Yet another BU-Avs connection

The Colorado Avalanche announced its 59-man training camp roster and as expected, recent signee Brandon Yip will be there, sporting jersey #59. He began rookie camp today. The Avs on-ice staff is led by new head coach Joe Sacco and includes the new coach of the Avs’s AHL affiliate, David Quinn. Also on the roster is pro invitee Shawn Bates, the former BU standout center and member of the 1995 national champions (video). Bates, a veteran of 465 NHL games, played for HIFK Helsinki last year after two injury-plagued seasons completed his six-year stint with the Islanders.

Here's a clip of Bates scoring on a penalty shot against Toronto's Curtis Joseph in the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs.’s Rookie Watch looks at Matt Gilroy’s chances of making the Rangers’ roster in his first pro training camp.

Pro prospects
We've added a few more assessments of Terriers from's lists of NHL teams' top prospects: Junior defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen (Avs) and freshman Alex Chiasson (Stars). Click here.

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