Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast

Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast

Hockey Mountain High is your go-to Avalanche podcast. Covering all things Avs and NHL, JJ Jerez and Aarif Deen of Mile High Sports bring you the latest on the burgundy and blue.

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November 24, 2021 52 min
The Avalanche scored seven goals for the third time during their five-game winning streak. Aarif and JJ breakdown the 7-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators and the strange back-and-forth game that was. They also highlight various top performers which once again includes Nazem Kadri and Cale Makar as well as Valeri Nichushkin and Devon Toews. The guys then talk Jared Bednar tying Bob Hartley in all-time Avalanche wins just days after...
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The Avalanche went into Seattle for their first ever matchup against the Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena and scored seven goals. Aarif and JJ break down the decision to not start Philipp Grubauer against his former team only to have him enter the game and surrender three goals. The guys also shout out a number of Avs players for strong individual performances, including Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Cale Makar. The show ends wit...
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November 19, 2021 44 min
The Avalanche won their third straight game for the first time all season led by another three-point effort from Nazem Kadri. Aarif and JJ break down the special teams dominance, particularly the power play, before getting into the frustrations that led to a number of calls against Vancouver. The guys then highlight Kadri's recent stretch of excellence and how he's having one of the best seasons of his career. They also cha...
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November 15, 2021 59 min
After a shaky start to the season, all seems to be going well again for the Avalanche. Aarif and JJ break down the teams' last two wins, which consisted of 13 goals for and only three against. The guys discuss the power play and the penalty kill, which combined for five of those goals, as well as Darcy Kuemper's steadiness in net. They also discuss injuries to Bowen Byram and J.T. Compher before spending a lot of time on Sa...
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November 13, 2021 52 min
Aarif Deen and producer Patrick Stedman joined The Hockey Show's JJ Jerez for a mashup of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast live on Mile High Sports radio. The guys chatted about some of the teams that have impressed around the league, The Dallas Stars' poor start to the year and previewed Colorado's game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. They also broke news live on the show that the Avs have cl...
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November 9, 2021 60 min
The Avalanche blew another 2-1 third-period lead and lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The show starts with a recap of the loss before reviewing the Avs' first 10 games of the season as a whole. Aarif and JJ share their thoughts on all the inconsistencies around the team from injuries, to line combinations, long breaks between games and their on-ice play. The guys then break down some highs and lows from the first 10 games bef...
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November 5, 2021 63 min
The Avalanche were called out after Wednesday's loss by their coach for giving up five preventable goals. JJ and Aarif break down each of the lapses that led to Colorado's defeat where it blew a two-goal lead in the first of two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The guys then discuss the fallout of Gary Bettman's press conference on Monday, Jack Eichel's trade to Vegas and reinforcements that could be joining...
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November 1, 2021 61 min
The Avalanche bounced back in a big way with two wins over their division rivals to get to .500 on the season. Aarif and JJ start the show with a recap of Saturday's victory over Minnesota and who stuck out on the ice. They specifically touch on big performances from Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Johnson and Darcy Kuemper. They also discuss the dirty hit on Bowen Byram before breaking down the previous game against ...
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October 28, 2021 54 min
From Aarif and JJ: Before any hockey is discussed, we'd like to take a moment to apologize to Kyle Beach. The hockey world failed you. We hope you feel vindicated by what's been shared with the world this week and the fallout of what's to come when hopefully everyone else who was involved is held accountable. Thank you for being an inspiration.

The show starts with thoughts on Beach coming forward as the man behind the p...
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October 24, 2021 57 min
The Avalanche close out their road trip with a shootout victory in Tampa Bay to end a three-game losing streak. Aarif and JJ discuss all the good habits the team started to develop in order to earn the two points. The guys also review the loss against the Florida Panthers and some of the consistency issues facing the team. They also take a deep dive into Dary Kuemper's first four games with the Avs and Sam Girard's season s...
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October 21, 2021 46 min
Star center Nathan MacKinnon finally escaped COVID protocol and made his season debut but it was about as forgettable a game as he's ever had. Aarif and JJ review the Avalanche's 6-3 loss in Washington and MacKinnon's poor performance. The guys also break down the team's efforts through three games and if it's too early to panic. The show ends with a conversation about Jack Eichel and the report from Sportsnet t...
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October 17, 2021 62 min
The Avalanche honored the architect of their two Stanley Cups, former team president and general manager Pierre Lacroix on Saturday at Ball Arena. Aarif shares his experience of covering the banner-raising ceremony, talking to former Avs legends Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, and how Lacroix has shaped the way the organization is still run today. The guys then break down the 5-3 loss to St. Louis and the adversity the team is curre...
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October 16, 2021 37 min
The Avalanche were victorious on opening night and the guys are here to share their thoughts on how it all unfolded. JJ and Aarif talk about the in-arena pre-game show, which players stuck out and specifically Darcy Kuemper's excellence in his Avs debut. The guys also talk in length about J.T. Compher, Jack Johnson and Bowen Byram. The show ends with thoughts on the Gabriel Landeskog two-game suspension. All that and more on th...
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October 13, 2021 58 min
Opening night is finally here but the Avalanche will be without their star center Nathan MacKinnon and head coach Jared Bednar to start the season. JJ and Aarif discuss the upsetting news before recapping the Joe Sakic press conference on the eve of Wednesday's game. The guys also give updates on Pavel Francouz and Devon Toews and praise Jack Johnson for earning a contract. The show ends with a fun Central Division predictions ...
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October 7, 2021 40 min
Hockey Mountain High opens the show by breaking down Pavel Francouz's lower-body injury before getting into Nazem Kadri and Jared Bednar's comments post-game about the goalie. Aarif then details what he reported Wednesday morning about Pavel Francouz after seeing him without a boot or brace in Denver. The guys then turn their attention to the remaining training camp battles and break down who could still be vying for a rost...
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October 4, 2021 68 min
There's actual hockey to review! The Avalanche are two games into the preseason and the guys are here to break it all down. Aarif and JJ highlight the best (and worst) individual performances from Erik Johnson, Darcy Kuemper, Nazem Kadri and Oskar Olausson among others before getting into the play that led to an enraged Gabriel Landeskog against Minnesota. The guys also share their thoughts on Sampo Ranta's chances at crack...
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September 27, 2021 71 min
Training camp has begun, the preseason starts next week and opening night is less than three weeks away. Aarif and JJ break down everything they've seen from the Avalanche, the in-person press conferences and the positivity surrounding the team at camp. They're then joined by the great Greg Wyshynski of ESPN to chat about the Avs' perception among national media, their offseason moves and competition within the Central ...
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September 21, 2021 45 min
Avalanche's development camp has come and gone and the young guns are ready to take training camp by storm. Aarif and JJ breakdown all the happening around the summer showcase tournament, which players stood out and how it could translate to an even better performance at the main camp. The guys also chat about which of the Avs could have a chip on their shoulder and how the team could build a winning culture that translates to ...
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September 13, 2021 53 min
Aarif and JJ are back for a special live recording at the Mile High Sports studios! And they're joined by Peter Baugh of The Athletic, who makes his first appearance on the show following Day 1 of the Avalanche's development camp. Peter shares how he got into journalism, covering college football for The Athletic, applying for the Avs job and taking over the beat in 2021. He also chats about some of his more memorable stori...
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September 6, 2021 50 min
We're just a week away from the Avalanche's development camp. JJ and Aarif break down the Avs' camp roster and discuss some of the more notable names on it. The guys then discuss Jack Johnson's PTO and where he could slot in on the team if he gets a contract offer. They then get into offer sheets in light of Jesperi Kotkaniemi's successful new deal with Carolina before predicting who from the Avalanche could be ...
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