Family members from across the globe journeyed to Pepsi Center on Saturday for the start of the 2018 Colorado Avalanche Dad/Mentor Trip.
It has been seven years since Colorado last hosted such an event, and this edition features dads/mentors of 18 players and 14 of coaches and staff joining the club for four days. The trip began with them watching the Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars in Denver on Saturday and concludes in Music City when the team takes on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Colorado's last dad's trip was in 2011 when the squad went to Dallas, Texas.
The dads and mentors trickled into Pepsi Center before 5 p.m. on Saturday, most of them walking in with an Avalanche player. While the players went to the locker room to get ready for the night's game, the fathers went to Breckenridge Brewery Mountain House for a pregame reception with their peers.
The reception featured executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic welcoming the guests before gifts were delivered to each them, with everyone receiving a garment bag. Fathers of players also got an authentic jersey while those dads of the staff were given a jacket.
The attendees then had a meal in a private room to get to know one another before they all went to a private suite to watch the Avs play the Stars.
It ended up being a happy night for all, as Colorado defeated Dallas 3-2. The Avs scored two goals in a matter of 46 seconds late in the third period to rally from a one-goal deficit and beat their division rival.
After the final horn sounded, the dads and mentors went down to the locker room to visit with their sons and celebrate the victory, the Avalanche's fourth in a row.
There is no practice on Sunday, but there is a full day planned. The team needs to be at the airport at noon for the flight to Nashville and an experience the dads and mentors will never forget.