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Full Day of Activities in Nashville on the Dad's Trip

The dads and mentors watched practice before the group went to the Country Music Hall of Fame

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The dads and mentors of the Colorado Avalanche players and staff had a busy day in Nashville on Monday.

The guests of the 2018 Avalanche Dad/Mentor Trip began their first full day in Music City by taking a short bus ride over to Bridgestone Arena from the hotel.

Once there, they were able to participate in some of the team meetings before the players took part in a "dress and drive." The players and coaches got ready at the arena and then took a bus to a nearby practice rink, with them all dressed in full gear except their skates.

After the 10-minute ride to the rink, the players laced the skates up and took to the ice for a full-team practice. The dads and mentors were able to sit in the stands and watch their sons skate in and participate in drill during the half-hour session.

Once head coach Jared Bednar blew his whistle to signal the end of practice, all of the guests and the staff joined the team on the ice for a group photo.

Everyone then piled back into the bus and headed back to Bridgestone Arena for lunch while the players changed out of their gear and showered. It was a quick turnaround however, as everyone made their way to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum shortly after.

The visit at the museum began with a group activity led by some of the players. Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog chose a few of his teammates to work on stage with singer-songwriter Billy Montana to write a song commemorating the trip.

The group of dads, the players and staff shouted out some ideas to Montana and company on the stage, and Montana guided the direction of the song, which they titled "Drinking Beer."


Once the song was recorded and ready to be the next hit on the country-music charts, the dads and mentors joined the players and staff in walking around the Country Music Hall of Fame.

They made their way around the multi-story museum and saw some sparkly Dolly Parton outfits and even Elvis Presley's "solid gold" car that is painted with crushed diamonds and fish scales.

After walking around the museum, the group went to a nice team dinner before hitting the sack to prepare for the next day's game against the Preds.

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