Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Jun 19, 2014 10:20 PM by Jordan Mason

Avs in running for awards after surprising season

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche could be wearing out the red carpet at the NHL awards show next week with all the players they have up for honors.

Semyon Varlamov is in the running for top goalie, Nathan MacKinnon up for best rookie and Ryan O'Reilly a candidate for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Coach Patrick Roy also could be recognized for his work behind the bench.

It was just that kind of season for the surprising Avalanche, who tied a franchise record with 52 wins as they returned to the postseason after a three-year absence.

The attention now - with the nominations and all - is "exciting," Roy acknowledged.

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