How J.T. Compher became faceoff dynamo for Avalanche: ‘It’s the studying’

DENVER, CO – Follow J.T. Compher during TV timeouts at Ball Arena and witness a crafty NHL veteran perfecting his craft in the faceoff circle.

Why is he talking to the officials?

“Getting to know the linesmen a bit and how they want the draws to go and what they’re looking for that night,” Compher explained recently from the Avs dressing room. “Trying to have a relationship with them so you know what they’re looking for. Most (officials) are about the same. But, sometimes, there is a little wrinkle here or there.”