Remembering back to the first game of the season, a tough 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on home ice, really gives you a sense of how this Colorado Avalanche season has developed. That night, the Avs opened the season as Cup favorites, a team facing real expectations after they fell just short of making a conference finals appearance…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj