Hutchinson Hopes to Keep ‘Absurd and Surreal’ Season Going


Over the past 15 years, going back to his minor hockey days, Michael Hutchinson has been a Colt, Major, Crusher, Knight, Bruin, Royal, Jet, IceCap, Reign, Moose, Panther, Thunderbird, Maple Leaf, Marlie and now, Avalanche. Believe it or not, he was actually on one place for four years when he played three seasons for the Winnipeg Jets and another one for the Manitoba Moose.

Aside from that, it has been a nomadic lifestyle for Hutchinson, who finds himself in the unlikeliest of places at the unlikeliest of times. But, hey, it’s 2020 and in case you haven’t noticed, anything is possible, including the prospect of the Colorado Avalanche riding a career journeyman to the Western Conference final. Down 3-1 in their second-round series against the Dallas Stars and with No. 1 man Phillip Grubauer and backup Pavel Francouz unfit to play, the Avalanche sent out an SOS (Save Our Season) to a 30-year-old whose NHL playoff experience to that point had been the 9:21 and three saves he made in Game 4. Since then, Hutchinson has stopped 58 of 62 shots, stopping the ones he needed to behind an Avalanche team that has rallied around him and played some outstanding defensive hockey.