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On The Road: Practice In Sweden

The Avs hit the ice at the Globe prior to the Global Series games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

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.: The Avalanche's first team bus departs the Grand Hotel and heads to the Ericsson Globe for the club's second practice and last full one while in Sweden. Most of the players took the first bus and were ready to get back to hockey after having a full day off on Wednesday to explore the city.

It took the bus about 15 minutes to make its way from downtown Stockholm to the Globe, where the players then immediately got off and went to the locker room.

Colorado's second team bus left the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and made the same trip while carrying the remaining players and staff members.

10:30 a.m.: The Avalanche's practice gets underway and lasts for about 50 minutes. For some of the players, the time on the ice was much longer as they first stepped on the surface 20 minutes before the session began to work with the goaltenders and stayed out after the practice for some extra work.

12:15 p.m.: Avs Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog and head coach Jared Bednar take the podium for individual news conferences with the North American, Swedish and other international media.

Landeskog takes the first half of questions in Swedish before answering the remainder in English.

The focus of the presser was on the team's mindset in Sweden. Both Bednar and Landeskog agreed that the start of the day's practice wasn't the best, but the club picked it up and had a strong finish to the on-ice session.

Bednar revealed that Stockholm native Patrik Nemeth won't be able to play in Friday's contest due to an undisclosed injury. He has not practiced in Sweden.

1:00 p.m.: Following the media availability, the players have a team lunch at the arena before a meet and greet with season-ticket members and corporate sponsors that made the long trip from Colorado to see the games.

The meet and greet took place in one of the club areas of the Globe. The season-ticket holders and sponsors first watched practice and had a private lunch prior to seeing the players

1:28 p.m.: The Avalanche's team bus departs the arena and heads back to the hotel. It's about a 10-minute trip as there isn't much traffic midday. Once back in downtown Stockholm, some of the players go back to their rooms for a quick nap while others disperse throughout the city.

The afternoon and evening is the last time the Colorado players can check out the city before back-to-back game days against the Ottawa Senators.

For some of the Avs, the afternoon brings another trip to the hotel spa, where they take part in a variety of baths, saunas and other treatments.

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