The Colorado Avalanche will have a brand-spankin' new AHL affiliate next season, and they don't even have to share this time! The Lake Erie Monsters, who play in Cleveland (sorry about their luck), are already gearing up for their first hockey campaign.
The Avs named Joe Sacco as Monsters head coach and Sylvain Lefebvre* as assistant coach. Sacco was an assistant at the last two Colorado AHL affiliates---Lowell and Albany.
With a strong lineup that will likely include young standouts like TJ Hensick, Ray Macias, Codey Burki and Michael Wall, the Monsters should have a strong first season. And hopefully, Sacco's proven development efforts provide even more talented young players for the Avs.
And now, to think of a clever nickname for the team mascot. How about "Boggy" or "Steamer"?
*The photo of Lefebvre shows him wearing the team captain's C for the Avalanche during a game in the 1997-98 season while filling in for an injured Joe Sakic. In case anyone noticed.