The Avalanche rookies are in Arizona today to begin their participation in this year’s Rookie Tournament. Colorado plays three games in the next four days, beginning with an afternoon rumble against the Los Angeles Kings later today. In the past, the Avs have usually brought a small group of intriguing pro players and then predominantly long-term prospects and the typical…

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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