Patience Pays Off For Durno

By Mike Chambers
The Denver Post

DENVER – If this were Hollywood, Chris Durno would have been carried off the ice on the shoulders of teammates Saturday at the Pepsi Center, and fans would have left the building chanting “Durn-oh, Durn-oh” under the direction of Avalanche coach Joe Sacco.

“Through hard work and perseverance,” Sacco said before pausing, “it’s just a good story.”

Durno, a 29-year-old Avalanche rookie left wing, is the “Rudy” of professional hockey. Undrafted after completing an average college hockey career at Michigan Tech in 2003, Durno persevered through six seasons with six teams in the minor leagues before scoring his first career NHL goal.

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