Air hockey championships keeping Avs motivated: Bednar

The Elbow staff

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has his game face on during warmup in a recent air hockey match. Image sources: Cristina Ruiz, Kerri Polizzi

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has his game face on during warmup in a recent air hockey match. Image sources: Cristina Ruiz, Kerri Polizzi

DENVER, CO – Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar today said that despite his team's horrendous record on the ice this season, he is very proud of their progress in the lead up to the national air hockey championships in May.

With his team fighting against the gruelling NHL schedule, the first year bench boss says they have made improving their air game a priority.

"People like to paint this season as all doom and gloom for us on the ice, but there have been some bright spots as well," Bednar said on Sunday. "The improvements that the guys have shown on the table have been outstanding."

"They have put a lot of time into improving their skills and it's not gone unnoticed."

The national championships will be held in Las Vegas in May, and the Avalanche go into the tournament as one of the hottest teams.

"We've been focussing solely on our air game for the past two months, so we'll end up with four solid months of training in the lead-up to champs."

Matt Duchene is reportedly the team's most improved player on the board this season, with several sources from within saying that he's done nothing but dedicate his time to the craft this entire season.

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