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Hockey Mountain High is your go-to Avalanche podcast. Covering all things Avs and NHL, JJ Jerez and Aarif Deen of Mile High Sports bring you the latest on the burgundy and blue.

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Hockey Mountain High is your go-to Avalanche podcast. Covering all things Avs and NHL, JJ Jerez and Aarif Deen of Mile High Sports bring you the latest on the burgundy and blue.

    Season Ends

    Season Ends

    JJ and Aarif are here to give their final thoughts on the 2021 Avalanche season that was. The guys break down what happened to Colorado in those last games against Vegas and explain why losing to the second-best team in the NHL isn't the end of the world. They also talk about Jared Bednar's future with the club, Nathan MacKinnon's Game 6 post-game presser and where things could go from here. The episode ends with Aarif's thoughts on the intolerable racist comments directed towards Nazem Kadri on social media. All that and more on this edition of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast.

    Produced by Patrick Stedman.

    Follow the guys on Twitter @JJoftheyear and @runwriteAarif.

    • 56 min
    The Pressure Is on

    The Pressure Is on

    The pressure is on as the Avalanche return to Ball Arena for Game 5 after two uninspiring performances at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. JJ and Aarif break down what's gone wrong and what the Avs need to do to bounce back and re-take control of this 2-2 series. The guys discuss Colorado's home-ice advantage and the energy the team could feed off before getting into the top lines struggles over the past two-plus games. All that and more on this edition of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast.

    Produced by Patrick Stedman.

    Follow the guys on Twitter @JJoftheyear and @runwriteAarif

    • 36 min
    Grubi Steals Game 2

    Grubi Steals Game 2

    The Avalanche were outplayed in Game 2 Wednesday but still came away with a 3-2 overtime victory. Aarif and JJ dive into everything that went wrong, Philipp Grubauer's spectacular performance and the Avs taking a 2-0 series lead. The guys also share their thoughts on Vegas coach Peter DeBoer's post-game comments about the overtime penalty and accusing Colorado of embellishment. They then get into Brandon Saad, Tyson Jost, the defense and everyone else that stepped up before the top line got the game-winner from Mikko Rantanen. All that and more on this edition of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast.

    • 49 min
    Rest is a Weapon

    Rest is a Weapon

    The Avalanche steamrolled the Vegas Golden Knights 7-1 in Game 1 thanks largely to their top line and stud defenseman Cale Makar. JJ and Aarif break down the importance of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog constantly showing up for playoff games and the depth that supports them. The guys then discuss the curious decision to start Robin Lehner. They then dive into Ryan Reaves' actions and the type of supplemental discipline we should expect from the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Nazem Kadri's suspension was also upheld by Gary Bettman. Aarif explains what's next in the process. All that and more on this edition of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast.

    Produced by Patrick Stedman.

    Follow the guys on Twitter @JJoftheyear and @runwriteAarif

    • 52 min
    Rest or Rust

    Rest or Rust

    The Avalanche are prepping for Game 1 at Ball Arena on Sunday but they still don't know who they're playing. With Minnesota and Vegas set for a Game 7 winner-take-all Friday, JJ and Aarif share their thoughts on who comes out victorious. They also break down the rest or rust aspect of having a week off and playing against a team that has played every other night for two weeks. The guys then discuss all the recent prospect signings the Avs have announced before giving an update on Nazem Kadri's suspension appeal. Finally, the show ends with a Q & A from Twitter and Reddit listeners. 

    Produced by Patrick Stedman.

    Follow the guys on Twitter @JJoftheyear and @runwriteAarif

    • 55 min
    Successful Sweep

    Successful Sweep

    The Avalanche finished off the Blues in four games with a 5-2 victory on Sunday. It's Colorado's first sweep in 20 years. JJ and Aarif recap Game 4, the series and how this team was able to successfully sweep a strong opponent in such dominating fashion. The guys then look ahead for what could be the series of the year between the Avs and Golden Knights, assuming Vegas closes out Minnesota. All that and more on this edition of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast.

    Follow the guys on Twitter @JJoftheyear and @runwriteAarif.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

mcG Avs Fan ,

Enough already

I’m about done listening. Way too much pessimism. If you’re not an Avs fan then go do something else! Always so negative. Go Avs!

RB9AVS ,

How dare you...

.....apologize for talking politics. This is your show to do with whatever you want. We are all citizens with an opinion in the most extraordinary times of the continuance of our democracy as we know it. That some ignorant people can’t understand it is not your problem and for you to apologize feels weak. But then, that is your prerogative.

lefseeter ,

Exceptionally insightful

Aarif is the future of hockey commentary. When legends like Bob Mackenzie retire the new generation of Canadian millennials like Aarif will fill the space of hockey commentary and modernize both the game and the commentary. Their insights are a break from the typically juvenile podcasts available about hockey, and although they don’t yet have the reach afforded to Elliot Friedman for example, its only a matter of time before Aarif is snagged by a network. So enjoy them in Colorado while they speak mainly about our sparsely covered Avalanche and give a bigger picture than the usual post game ramblings offered by their competitors.

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