IRVINE, Calif. — Every prospect has to take certain steps before breaking into the NHL and making it to the big time. For most, it’s a systematic process that takes years of development and honing of their skills to carve out a specific niche in the world’s most talented league. Even wunderkind and new media darling Cale Makar spent…

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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