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On The Road: First Full Day In Sweden

The Avs skate at the Globe for the first time

by Callie Parmele /

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 10-day road trip that includes a week in Sweden for the SAP NHL Global Series. Colorado will play two games against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 10-11. is writing about the trip.

8:00 a.m. CET: The first bus leaves the team hotel to go to the Ericsson Globe for the first time. A few more Avs players than normal get on the earlier bus to go to get the lay of the land. Once they arrive at the Globe, they immediately search for the ice to take a few pictures and see where they will be playing for the next five days.

10:15 a.m.: Colorado takes the ice in Sweden for the first time. All 25 players that made the trip to Stockholm gather at center ice with the staff to take a team photo. After a few snapshots the team switches to their practice jerseys and work up a sweat.

12:15 p.m.: After practice, the Avs head to the second level of the arena to meet a few patients from the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. The children especially like meeting Gabriel Landeskog and Patrik Nemeth as they are both from Stockholm and communicate with them in their native language.  

1:15 p.m.: The team heads back to the hotel and will have the rest of the afternoon and all day Wednesday to see Stockholm. Some players take a nap while others refuse to sleep as to help them adjust to the time difference.

5:45 p.m.: Captain Gabriel Landeskog rounds up his teammates to host a nice dinner in his hometown. Meals in Sweden are mainly served in courses and allow for the team to spend a few hours together and bond. After dinner, some guys go out for dessert while others return to the hotel to get some rest. 

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