Q & A with Colorado Avalanche centerman Dominic Toninato of Duluth

Catching up with former Duluth East and Bulldogs hockey centerman Dominic Toninato:

Toninato, 24, on his rookie season with the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18, when he played in 37 games, recording two assists (Salary: $832,500 plus bonuses NHL, $70,000 AHL, per CapFriendly.com):

“It was a really good first year, a good learning experience. It was good to get my feet wet and get those games under my belt, and now I feel more confident moving forward. I learned the pro game, the pace, what they expect and preparation, all that stuff. The grind is tough, especially coming out of college when you play 35-40 games, to play an 82-game season. It’s challenging, but it’s definitely fun playing more games and practicing less. I am confident in myself.”

Toninato, on the storied Greyhounds prep hockey program:

“It’s awesome, top-notch, and it’s fun seeing them competing every year. They made another good run this year, and they just came up a little short. The program continues to improve, and it’s fun to keep tabs on them.”

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