I spoke to future Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Kariya today, primarily about new University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery. Kariya and Montgomery were linemates for the Maine Black Bears in 1992-93, when Kariya ultimately won the Hobey Baker Award as a freshman and Montgomery was a senior and team captain. They remain good friends. That story is running next week or so.

Good opportunity to ask a former fierce Patrick Roy competitor and one-time Avalanche forward about the club’s new coach.

“It’s great for Colorado,” Kariya said. “I played with Patrick in a couple All-Star Games, and I think it was an All-Star Game in L.A. (2002) when I was in a car with him, and we were driving in traffic and it turned into a 45-minute drive to the rink or something. In that 45 minutes, he knew everything about every player in the league. His knowledge of the game is incredible, including situations. He knew games that I scored against him early in my career, and what I was doing, what move I made. Very intelligent hockey person and I think that’s (a) great (hire) for the Avs, and obviously getting Joe Sakic in there in a leadership role is going to help that organization. Two Hall of Fame players and Hall of Fame people.”