Abbotsford’s Devon Toews is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
The 26-year-old defenceman was dealt to the Denver-based club on Monday in exchange for two second round draft picks.
Toews is coming off a successful two-year run with the New York Islanders, that saw the team advance to the Eastern Conference finals this season.
He made his NHL debut in 2018-19, collecting 18 points in 48 games and improved on those numbers in 2019-20 with 28 points in 68 games. Toews also put up solid numbers in the playoffs this year, with 10 points in 22 postseason games.
“Devon is a smart, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who plays 20-plus minutes a night,” stated Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic on the Avalanche website. “He is a durable defender who is excellent in transition and we are excited to add him to our blueline.”
A former Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association, Yale Hockey Academy and Abbotsford Pilots product, Toews also spent two seasons with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles before joining the Quinnipiac University Bobcats for three seasons.
He was drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round, 108th overall of the 2014 NHL Draft and then spent two and a half seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.
Toews joins an Avalanche team considered to be a Stanley Cup contender. The club finished second in the Central Division in 2019-20, and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Stanley Cup finalist Dallas Stars.