Cheek gets deal with Colorado Avalanche

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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photoTrevor Cheek, pictured here as a member of the Vancouver Giants in November at the Rose Garden, has a contract with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

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Vancouver native Trevor Cheek has agreed to a three-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

“It hasn’t really settled in yet,” Cheek said Monday evening, hours after learning that his professional hockey career will begin next season.

The 20-year-old left wing said he has not worried about his hockey future. His focus has been on helping the Edmonton Oil Kings get as far as possible in the Western Hockey League playoffs. But it is nice to have his next hockey step settled, Cheek said.

“I’m really excited,” Cheek said. “It’s a good opportunity for me. I can bring size and skill to the team.”

The three-year entry contract is standard for players who sign with NHL teams between the ages 18 and 21. The Avalanche farm system includes the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League and the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League.

Cheek had three goals and four assists to help Edmonton defeat the Kootenay Ice 4-1 in the first round of the WHL playoffs. On Friday, the Oil Kings begin a second-round series against Medicine Hat.