Colorado hockey fans have more than the Avalanche to cheer on in this year's NHL playoffs. Several players with ties to the Centennial State are helping their professional teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Below is a list of those players and their playoff stats.
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*Information and stats from NHL.com; updated on Sept. 18.
Bozak spent two seasons playing at the University of Denver before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2009. In 2018, Bozak moved to St. Louis after signing a three-year contract, and a year later, he helped the Blues secure the franchise's first Stanley Cup by posting five goals and eight assists in 26 playoff games.
The Blues were eliminated in six games by the Vancouver Canucks during the Western Conference best-of-seven games quarterfinal round.
Carlo's Colorado connection is well-established with his roots running down to participating in the state's youth hockey scene. A Colorado Springs native, Carlo was 5 when he got his first taste of the game, playing roller hockey with his neighbors. The state's NHL squad further whetted Carlo's appetite for the sport, with former Avs defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Rob Blake being Carlo's idol. Carlo helped the Colorado T-Birds deliver plenty of success, and he carried out to the East Coast all of those Centennial State ingredients when kicking off his NHL career. He was taken by Boston Bruins in the second round (No. 37 overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, signing an entry-level contract with the club later that same year.
After time with Tri-City of the Western Hockey League and Providence of the American Hockey League, Carlo cracked the Bruins lineup in 2016.
Last season, he helped Boston reach the Stanley Cup Final, where the Bruins fell to St. Louis Blues.
Carlo and the Bruins were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals this postseason after losing in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 5 went to double overtime, with Carlo skating a whopping 44 shifts.
The son of former Denver Nuggets power forward Popeye Jones, Seth gravitated to hockey instead of basketball thanks to the Avs' run of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including winning two Stanley Cups. He played Peewee hockey with Littleton, Colorado Jr. Avs and the Colorado T-Birds before spending time with additional clubs around the U.S. He reached the NHL when Nashville took him with the No. 4 pick in the 2013 draft. Jones made the Predators roster later that year and remained on it until being traded to Columbus amid the 2015-16 season. He inked a six-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets after the season, and he was chosen for the NHL all-star game for the third time in 2020.
The Blue Jackets were eliminated in five games by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Mayfield played in 81 games for the University of Denver men's hockey team before turning pro and signing an entry-level contract with the New York Islanders in 2013. He spent time at Bridgeport of the American Hockey League before his making his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014. Mayfield became a full-time NHL player the following season and signed a five-year contract with the Islanders in 2018.
The Islanders lost the Eastern Conference Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
Shore was the Pioneers' top point producer (34 points, 14 goals in 39 games) his junior season before beginning his professional career in the American Hockey League in 2013-14, where he landed at Manchester. In his second season as a Monarch, he recorded a team-high 14 playoff assists to help Manchester take home its first Calder Cup.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Shore at No. 82 (third round) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He debuted for Los Angeles in 2015 and in 2018, was traded to the Ottawa Senators, where he played six games before being sent to the Calgary Flames. He signed as a free agent with Toronto Maple Leafs before being claimed on waivers by Winnipeg in 2019.
The Jets were eliminated in the best-of-five-games Qualifying Round after losing three of four contests to Calgary.
Slavin is a former Colorado T-Bird and Colorado College Tiger who was taken by Carolina at No. 120 (fourth round) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He joined the Hurricanes roster in 2015 and two years later signed a seven-year contract to stay with the team. Slavin was key in helping Carolina reach last season's Eastern Conference Final by tallying 11 assists in 15 playoff games.
He was named to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2020.
The Hurricanes were bounced from the Eastern Conference playoffs, falling in five games to the Boston Bruins during the quarterfinals.
Stastny helped the University of Denver to the 2005 NCAA championship and was taken by Colorado in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft .
The son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, Paul left the Avs after signing a free agent deal with St. Louis in 2014. He was traded to Winnipeg in 2018 and joined Vegas as a free agent later that same year.
The Golden Knights, who advanced to the Western Conference Final, fell to the Dallas Stars in five games.
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