Avalanche’s Third Line, J.T. Compher thriving with Coyotes playoff series ahead

DENVER, CO- Avalanche forward J.T. Compher skates to an opposing goaltender’s crease on a mission to create havoc on the forecheck, and even if it’s ugly, to put in the puck.

“That’s how you score goals,” Compher said. “Getting to the net.”

Colorado’s third-line center is more than just talk. Remember Saturday?

In the Avs’ 4-3 overtime defeat against Vegas, Compher scored the third-period equalizer when he bullied Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt by knocking him off-balance with a two-gloved shove — and creating the small space required to rebound a Nazem Kadri shot attempt back into the net.

“A big goal from the Compher line getting it in on the forecheck and bringing us back to even,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said postgame. “Going into the playoffs, you have to expect that teams are going to check you hard. That’s the goal of every team.”

Lately, Colorado’s third “Compher line” hasn’t been afraid to bring the pain. In three games of Western Conference round-robin seeding play, the trio of Compher, Andre Burakovsky, and Joonas Donskoi combined for eight points (four goals) with a net-aggressive brand of hockey.

Compher Created NHLPA Open Featuring Fortnite Results In $200,000 Going to Charity

TORONTO, ONT – The National Hockey League Players’ Association is pleased to announce the final results of Monday’s NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite and the seven charities that will share a piece of the $200,000 charity prize pool.

Created by J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman, the tournament featured more than 70 professional hockey players competing in Trios while it was streamed live on ESPN Esports

Tournament results for the top five trios and prizing details:

  • First place – Robert Thomas, Vince Dunn and Jordan Kyrou of Team St. Louis have chosen to split the donation of their $100,000 winnings, split between St. Louis Children’s Hospital ($50,000), Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Fill the Bootinitiative ($25,000), and St. Louis Area Foodbank($25,000). 
  • Second place – Zach Aston-Reese, Brian Dumoulin and Bryan Rust of Team Pittsburgh will donate their $50,000 winnings to the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center.
  • Third place – Anthony Bitetto, Connor Hellebuyck and Jack Roslovic of Team Winnipeg will donate their $25,000 winnings to Project 11.
  • Fourth place – J.T. Brown, Victor Rask and Mat Robson of Team Minnesota will donate their $15,000 winnings to Second Harvest HEARTLAND.
  • Fifth place – Jayce Hawryluk, Joe Morrow and Jayson Megna of Team PB&J will donate their $10,000 winnings to Roblin District Community Foundation.
  • The tournament field was highlighted by several star NHL players, such as Nathan MacKinnon, Mitch Marner, Thomas Chabot, Sebastian Aho, Johnny Gaudreau, Clayton Keller, Zach Werenski, William Nylander andCale Makar.“Hockey pros can game,” said pro-streamer and twitch personality, Nicholas Amyoony, AKA Nick Eh 30. “Besides playing, my favorite thing to do is watch, learn and comment on the great gamers competing in events like this. It was a real pleasure to support the NHLPA and its charitable efforts. Looking forward to hosting the next event!”

    Hyman combined his hockey and gaming knowledge as a colour commentator for Monday’s three-hour tournament, while Bil Carter was the in-studio host as NHLPA members and other professional hockey players came together for charity to compete in Fortnite online for fans. Serving as a remote broadcaster, professional streamer,Nick Eh 30 averaged 16,822 viewers; 20,615 max viewers; 469,834 live views; and 3,112,152 minutes watched.

    ESPN’s stream of the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite is part of its commitment to bringing the sports community together through its #oneteam initiative.

    Find all of the highlights from the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite with #NHLPAOpen on Twitter, Instagram andFacebook.

NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite, Live Charity Gaming Tournament created by JT Compher

TORONTO, ONT – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) is proud to announce the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite, a live charity tournament created by J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman. Over 60 NHL players will represent their cities as they compete as Trios in Fortnite. The three-hour live Fortnite tournament will be streamed onTwitch.tv/espnesports, Monday, May 18 (2-5 p.m. ET). The NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite will be highlighted by a $200,000 USD charity prize pool, which will be directed to player-chosen charities.

Compher will be playing with Colorado teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto, while Hyman will lend his gaming expertise from the sidelines as colour commentator. Other notable player participants include Sebastian Aho, Thomas Chabot, Johnny Gaudreau, William Karlsson,Clayton Keller, Travis Konecny, Mitch Marner, Bryan Rust and Alex Tuch.

The full roster of player trios will be announced prior to the event on NHLPA social media platforms, and

Avs forward J.T. Compher has familiar workout partner — his sister — during coronavirus pandemic

CHICAGO, IL – Avalanche forward J.T. Compher has been working out with a familiar face while hunkered down with family at their Chicago-area home during the coronavirus pandemic.

And she isn’t too bad herself: Boston University All-American Jesse Compher, who just so happens to be J.T.’s sister.

“We still can’t skate, but we’re doing similar to what we do in the summer — off-ice training and keeping the conditioning up, obviously, because we don’t know when the next time we’ll be playing,” Compher told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday. “Just trying to stay as ready as possible.”

JT Compher to Represent Avalanche in “Gaming Challenge“

DENVER, CO – During the pause, the Colorado Avalanche will be represented by JT Compher in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge. He’ll play NHL20 against other NHLers.

The Colorado Avalanche will be taking part in the first-ever NHL Player Gaming Challenge (presented by Honda), a tournament that will feature players working the controls of NHL20 against each other.

Compher Sibling Rivalry Breeds Skill and Mutual Respect

He’s a forward for the Colorado Avalanche. She’s a forward for Boston University. Together, they share a strong passion for hockey and deep respect for one another.

J.T. Compher has no shortage of praise when it comes to his sister’s hockey skills. The highest compliment? He doesn’t have to play against Jesse.

That said, J.T., now in his third full NHL season, is grateful the days of their one-on-one games at the family home in Illinois are a thing of the past.

“Jesse was young enough where I didn’t stick her in the net too many times,” started the 24-year-old, a 35th overall draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, whose rights were traded to Colorado in 2015. “She got serious about hockey when I was at the (U.S.) national program [2011-2013] and at the University of Michigan [2013-16]. When I watch her, I don’t know if I could name just one thing about her game that stands out the most… that’s a good thing. First off, she’s a very competitive player and person. Every time I watch her play, whether she has legs or doesn’t have legs, I know she’s working and she’s competing.

Compher siblings develop strong bond through hockey

CHICAGO, IL – J.T. Compher and his sister, Jesse, developed a love of hockey in the family home when they were kids.

The siblings played in a concrete extension their parents, Valerie and Bob, built on their house in Northbrook, Illinois, about 25 miles northwest of Chicago. J.T. would often fire slap shots at Jesse, who originally wanted to be a goalie.

“I don’t know why I ever thought that was a good idea,” Jesse said. “It was a lot of fun and super competitive, but I think it kind of made us who we are now.”

The childhood games have led to big things for the Comphers.

Chicago Hockey Charity Classic focuses on inclusiveness with Compher, Russo, Coyne and Sparks as headliners

CHICAGO, IL – Several NHL players participated Sunday in the third annual Chicago Hockey Charity Classic: J.T. Compher, Ryan Hartman, Brandon Pirri, Garret Sparks.

The event, held at the Blackhawks’ Fifth Third Arena, raised about $40,000 for Special Olympics Chicago.

‘‘Special Olympics is all about inclusion and allowing everyone an opportunity to participate in sport, no matter what the game is,’’ Coyne Schofield said. ‘‘Today’s game embodied that, whether it was women’s players, sled players [or] NHL players.’’

Coyne Schofield’s team, which also featured Hartman, Sparks and 1970s and ’80s Blackhawks mainstay Grant Mulvey, battled Josh Pauls’ team, which also featured Compher, Pirri, former Hawks defenseman Adam Clendening and NHL agent/Special Olympics chairman Kevin Magnuson as players and Panthers general manager Dale Tallon as coach, to a 6-6 tie over two periods.

Avalanche Sign JT Compher to 4 Year, $14 Million Contract

DENVER, CO – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Compher, 24, finished fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and tied for the team lead with three shorthanded tallies in 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign. His 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points all surpassed his rookie season totals from 2017-18. The Northbrook, Illinois, native was one of eight NHL players with at least three shorthanded, power-play and game-winning goals in 2018-19, joining Sebastian Aho, Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Blake Coleman, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Brandon Saad. Compher was the first Avalanche player to accomplish that feat (at least three SHG, PPG and GWG in a season) since Joe Sakic in 2000-01.