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Colorado Avalanche Notes 4/30

Avs Matt Duchene
Avs Matt Duchene
AP Photo David Zalubowski

The Colorado Avalanche will have at least 3 representatives at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, to be held May 7th thru May 23rd in Germany.

For Team USA
Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco will be an assistant to Team USA's head coach, Scott Gordon.of the New York Islanders. Sacco, who was an assistant coach for Team USA at last year's IIHF World Championship in Switzerland is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, presented to the  NHL's coach of the year.

Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi will skate for the USA. He scored 39 points in 70 games in his first full season of NHL play. He ranked sixth among NHL rookies in scoring. His four short-handed points led all NHL rookies.

For Team Canada
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will play for the Great White North. His 55 points led all NHL rookies in scoring and ranked third on the Avs. Duchene was named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

16 national teams will compete for the 2010 World Championship. NHL players whose teams didn't qualify for the playoffs or have been eliminated are eligible to play.

Avs draft pick named WHL Defenseman of the Year

Avalanche draft pick Tyson Barrie of the Kelowna Rockets was named winner of the Western Hockey League's Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, given to the player voted WHL Defenseman of the Year.
Barrie, 18, was selected by Colorado in the third round, 64th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
In the 2009-10 season the 5' 10" 190 pound Barrie scored 72 points in 63 games and had a plus/minus rating of +11.
For his major junior career he scored 170 points and had a +33 plus/minus rating.


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