The Gazette, Colorado Springs



• Avalanche training camp takes place this week over three days at the team’s practice facility (Family Sports). The Avs will split up into two groups for morning and afternoon sessions Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Training camp is open to the public with limited available seating. The first group starts at 8:15 a.m. and the second group finishes up around 1 p.m. • The Avs host three preseason games at Ball Arena: Sept. 24 vs. Minnesota, Sept. 25 vs. Vegas and Oct. 1 vs. Dallas. Colorado opens the regular season on the road Oct. 11 at the Kings. • Defenseman Cale Makar made a surprise visit Friday to the Pueblo Bulls youth hockey association. The Avalanche donated 30 sets of hockey equipment Friday to the organization as part of the NHLPA’S Goals & Dreams program. A nice gesture from the Avalanche star. The kids went nuts.