The evolution of the Avalanche has been one of the more low-key fascinating storylines to enjoy the last couple of years. While saddled with a reputation as a high-flying, high-scoring team that loves to run and gun and skate and play an exciting brand of hockey, they’ve very quietly improved their defense to the point where it is one of…

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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