The Avalanche finally have their opponent for the Stanley Cup Final. The two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning won their 11th consecutive playoff series in dispatching the overmatched New York Rangers in six games. This gives the NHL a highly-anticipated matchup between the Avalanche and Lightning, two teams with striking parallels in their journey to this moment. You have the…

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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