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MacKinnon makes dazzling Avalanche debut

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07:31 AM ET 09.09 | Selected No. 1 overall a matter of months ago, Nathan MacKinnon's NHL career is already a mile high. There was nothing about MacKinnon's initial showing at the Family Sports Center to suggest he's not in good enough shape for the mile-high elevation. MacKinnon clearly was the fastest player on the ice the first day of the Avs' three-day rookie camp. Not that anyone looked slow. "There was definitely some good pace out there," said MacKinnon, 18, the first pick in this year's NHL draft. "I still need to get used to the altitude some, though. I'm used to playing at sea level, so it's definitely an adjustment." ... [MacKinnon] started preparing for the thin Denver air by training in the even thinner air of Vail a week ago.

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September 9, 2013  08:00 AM ET

young man, you need an altitude adjustment!!!!

September 9, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

young man, you need an altitude adjustment!!!!

"I was gonna play some hockey, and then I got high"

September 9, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I wonder if the puck travels farther in Denver?

September 9, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"I was gonna play some hockey, and then I got high"

As To***to's proved you can do both.

September 9, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder if the puck travels farther in Denver?

With the goaltending issues the Avs have it does. All the way to the back of the net.

September 9, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

With the goaltending issues the Avs have it does. All the way to the back of the net.

*rimshot*

September 9, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I wonder if the puck travels farther in Denver?

nicely done

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September 9, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Anyone hear the Av's theme song when they skate on the ice? It goes something like, "Climb every mountain. Ford every stream....."

September 9, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bob Probert was a Wings legend, god rest his soul.

indeed

September 9, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bob Probert was a Wings legend, god rest his soul.

They didn't let him out much, (out of the gate) but when they did, Watch Out!!

September 9, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They didn't let him out much, (out of the gate) but when they did, Watch Out!!

"There goes Bobby, gettin' undressed again

September 9, 2013  12:52 PM ET

By the way, a young Domi is getting a lot of press, but at 18 I thinks it's back to the Knights for another year.

September 9, 2013  03:44 PM ET
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By the way, a young Domi is getting a lot of press, but at 18 I thinks it's back to the Knights for another year.

I was reading up on him prior to the draft, way better than the old man.

September 9, 2013  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

*rimshot*

I tried.

September 9, 2013  06:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"I was gonna play some hockey, and then I got high"

Rocky Mountain High?

 
September 10, 2013  11:17 PM ET

Got down on his knees did he?!?

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