A version of the following story appeared in the 2016-17 second edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.
SUNRISE, Fla. — The hopes were high for Frank Vatrano all summer.
Last season he had scored 36 goals in 36 games for AHL Providence, and though it didn't completely translate at the NHL level, there were enough flashes (8-3-11 totals in 39 games in Boston) to give Bruins management reasonable expectations that he'd push for a top-six forward role this season.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Jimmy Vesey scored the fourth goal of his fledgling N.H.L. career for the Rangers on Wednesday night, but Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak crosschecked him into the end boards before Vesey had much of a chance to celebrate.
AVON, Conn. — Along the winding roads that lead to Avon Old Farms prep school, signs read "To the Cup," with an arrow directing fans to the campus where former student-athlete Nick Bonino was bringing the Stanley Cup.