Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Jost’s Summer Plans

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Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost has his summer planned out for getting his game to the next level — and for having some fun.

Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost called in from his training headquarters of Kelowna, B.C. to speak with Altitude Radio yesterday morning. During the interview with Julie Browman and Lauren Gardner, Jost talked about his summer plans.

Jost is fresh of his IIHF Worlds appearance for Team Canada. Unfortunately, Canada fell to the USA in the Bronze Medal Game. However, Jost played in nine games and recorded four goals and two assists.

After the Game 6 loss to the Nashville Predators, Jost spoke with BSN Avalanche. He talked about how his game can reach “another level.” In the clip, he stated he planned on returning to his trainer, with whom he’s worked for a number of years:

"“We’re constantly in talk and conversation about what needs to be done in the offseason. I really like the communication we have throughout the year. I really think we can take a lot of big steps in my development this year and really push my game to the next level this summer.”"

In the past, he’s worked with Shawn Stead of the Vikings Weightlifting Training Facility in Kelowna.

I’m not sure if Shawn Stead is the one who had Jost doing this:

But it’s still super impressive.

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Jost followed up talking about what he wanted to work on over the summer. He mentioned that he felt he came into the year too “bulked up,” which seems to be something that happens with the teen rookies — you know, because they’re technically still growing at that age. (It happened to Erik Johnson, too, back when he was with the Blues.)

Tyson also talked about working on his skating. In the past, he’s worked with Dynamic Edge Skating in Kelowna. During his BSN interview, he remarked that he planned on working especially on his speed.

While talking with Altitude Radio, Tyson Jost also remarked on some of his more lighthearted plans for the summer. According to Jost, right around July 1st, teammate Blake Comeau is hosting a charity softball tournament in Kelowna. No telling why Comeau is hosting the tournament in Kelowna — he’s from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, which is about 13 hours from Kelowna. (Jost played three years in the British Columbia Hockey League and one in the British Columbia Major Midget League, which is why I gather he still trains there.)

J.T. Compher and Alexander Kerfoot are expected to join them for the softball tourney. Compher, as an American, should have some experience with baseball/softball. Kerfoot, for his part, played numerous sports growing up, including baseball.

After the tourney, the players are heading to California for captain Gabriel Landeskog‘s wedding. I’m not sure if his fiancee, Melissa, is from California or if they’re just having a destination wedding. However, if he shares his wedding on social media the way Matt Duchene did, I’ll dutifully catalog it here.

Going back to Jost, he states of the events, “We’re all going to be on the same team and have a weekend there with the charity softball tournament…[Landeskog’s wedding] is one thing I’m really looking forward to because obviously all the guys will be back together. We’ll all be one happy family again and we’ll get each other for a little weekend there.”

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In the end, Jost acknowledges, “It’s been nice to have some down time. But obviously at the same time you’re always itching to get back to Colorado and start up hockey again with the Avs.”

That’s what we’re looking forward to as well. Tyson Jost sounds like he has an excellent plan for his summer training — as well as a little down time — and he’ll come back to the Colorado Avalanche ready to reach that next level.