Avalanche Attacker J.T. Compher trained with a familiar face while living with their family in their Chicago home during the coronavirus pandemic.
And she’s not bad herself, either: Boston University All-American Jesse Compher, who happens to be the sister of J.T. is.
“We still can’t skate, but we’re doing similar to what we do in the summer – training off the ice and of course keeping the condition up, because we don’t know when we’ll be playing next time,” Compher told Tuesday. telephone interview to The Post. “I’m just trying to stay as ready as possible.”
With all the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, that’s just about all the Comphers can do today – beyond hopes of a return to normal and the resumption of the NHL season.
“I went back home shortly after we were turned off. So I’ve been back in the family for a while, “J.T. said.” Everyone is doing well. Just trying to stay safe and do the right things. I’m just trying to stay at home and stay healthy. “
Compher, 25, is Colorado’s ninth top scorer with 31 points (11 goals) in 67 games. He had 32 points (16 goals) in 66 games last season – before the Avs added a slew of talented attackers who helped them become the NHL’s fourth-highest scoring team with 3.37 goals per game.
When the NHL ended the season on March 12 because of the virus, the Avs ranked second in the Central Division and Western Conference with 92 points. They have 12 games remaining, although that may change if, or when, the 2019-20 season resumes.
“Obviously I would like to find a way to finish and do the playoffs, given how good we had a team and how confident we were,” said Compher.
Compher is lucky to have Jesse here to keep him company. The BU junior was part of the U.S. team that won gold medals at the 2019 Women’s World Championship, training the siblings in the summer with famed Chicago trainer Ian Mack.
Compher’s agent is Kevin Magnuson, the son of the great University of Denver and Blackhawks legend Keith Magnuson, who died in a car accident in 2003. Kevin is based in Chicago, where his father retired in 1980 after his entire 11-year career playing 589 games with the Blackhawks.
Compher grew up as a big Blackhawks fan.
“Once I got to know Kevin, I learned a little more about Keith. I’m a little too young to see Keith play as Blackhawk, but I chose Kevin for several reasons – first and foremost a great guy and someone who came into our family and always wanted the best for us, ”said Compher. “I never doubted that decision.”