Colorado Avalanche News: Draft Pick and TV Announcer

DENVER - OCTOBER 23: Alexei Gusarov formerly of Colorado Avalanche talks with Avalanche play by play announcer Mike Haynes before the start of the Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes hockey game at the Pepsi Center on October 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER - OCTOBER 23: Alexei Gusarov formerly of Colorado Avalanche talks with Avalanche play by play announcer Mike Haynes before the start of the Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes hockey game at the Pepsi Center on October 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Avalanche have made some announcements recently — one is the draft order, and one is the resignation of their longtime play-by-play announcer.

The Colorado Avalanche have some good news and some bad news right now.

First, the bad news. According to BSN Avalanche, the “Voice of the Avalanche,” Mike Haynes, has resigned from his television play-by-play announcer job with Altitude TV. Haynes has been with the organization since the very beginning first as a radio play-by-play announcer. In 2005, Haynes became the television play-by-play announcer, joining color analyst Peter McNab.

According to Avs insider Adrian Dater, Haynes’ reasons for resigning were unspecified, but that the decision was all his own.

Let’s take a moment to listen behind TV commentators Mark Rycroft and Kyle Keefe for Haynes’ last-ever goal announcement for the Colorado Avalanche in Game 5 of the playoffs (3:00 mark):

http://www.altitudesports.com/videos/toyota-game-recap-avalanche-vs-predators-4-20-2018/

Unfortunately, the Avs website does not have Haynes calling that goal in its game recap because they used the NBCSN feed. And the Altitude website doesn’t let you embed video. Super fun. Welcome to 2007.

Anyway, here’s the last regular season goal, when we didn’t have to deal with those NBCSN scrubs:

And here’s Mike Haynes’ “How do you like them apples, Gilmour?” one of his most famous quotes:

There’s no news on why Haynes decided to resign. He may have gotten a job with another network, perhaps a different sport. To be honest, with the way the announcers have been changing roles, and with Lauren Gardner and John Michael Liles slotting in and out of the television lineup, I’m not super surprised someone left. I am, however, surprised it was Haynes.

Well, on the the happy news. The Colorado Avalanche will, indeed, have the #16 spot at the 2018 NHL Draft. The top three spots were decided by the Draft Lottery. Everything after that goes according to regular-season record.

Here are the picks Colorado has for 2018:

  • #16
  • #47
  • #58 (from Nashville)
  • #78
  • #109
  • #140
  • #171
  • #202

That’s a total of eight picks, one in each round and two in the second round courtesy of the Nashville Predators.

Next: Avs Prospect Profile: Vitali Kravtsov

The 2018 NHL Draft takes place on June 22-23 in Dallas.