The feel-good vibes keeps coming from the Colorado Avalanche and their start to the season.
The latest is the first NHL goal for rookie forward and former Coquitlam Express star Alex Kerfoot.
The West Vancouver native scored the opening marker of the game Wednesday night in a 6-3 Avalanche home win over the Boston Bruins.
His goal put the Avs up 1-0 at 8:19 of the first period.
“It obviously is a great feeling,” Kerfoot told NHL.com. “I mean, it’s a dream to play in the NHL, and to get a goal is pretty special.”
There was another BCHL connection on the play as the goal came as the result of a point shot by Tyson Barrie, who played for the Victoria Grizzlies in the 2007 BCHL playoffs. Perhaps not the prettiest moment of Kerfoot’s hockey career as the puck caromed off his body while he was creating traffic in front of the net, he was just happy it got past Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask.
“I was driving to the net and it was lucky that it banked off me,” Kerfoot said, again talking to NHL.com. “I scored two in preseason and one of them went off my body too, so two of the three goals so far haven’t touched my stick.”
Kerfoot made the Colorado lineup out of training camp after signing with the club in August. He has a goal and an assist and is +3 in four games so far. There was more BCHL content in the Wednesday night game as Penticton Vees alum Tyson Jost scored an empty-net tally to round out the Colorado scoring.
Kerfoot is the fourth Express graduate to score for the Avalanche joining David Jones, Brandon Yip and Patrick Wiercioch.