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On The Road: Trip To New York

The Avalanche opens the season with a three-game road trip on the east coast

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche opens the 2017-18 season on the road in the New York Metropolitan Area, taking on the New York Rangers and then the New Jersey Devils. Colorado closes the road trip with a matinee at the Boston Bruins on Monday. is writing about the trip.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

7:30 a.m.: It was an early day for the Colorado Avalanche players, as they all showed up at the team's practice facility in Centennial a little earlier than normal due to the trip out east. The Avalanche's flight is scheduled two hours earlier than it typically is because of the long trip and crossing over two time zones.

8:45 a.m.: After eating breakfast and having a video session with the coaches, a couple of the Avs players take the ice to go over the power play before the main practice begins at 9 a.m. Colorado's team session lasts roughly 40 minutes, and the players slowly trickle into the locker room afterward.

There were a few stragglers that stayed on the ice to get some extra reps in with the coaches, but everyone was in the locker room by 10 a.m. For the Avs players, there wasn't any real rush to get to the airport, so they leisurely got ready before heading out.

11:30 a.m.: All the players, coaches and staff were on the plane and grabbed a little snack before takeoff. There was an air traffic delay at the airport, and the team had to sit on the tarmac for an extra 40 minutes before taking off.

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12:42 p.m. MT: Colorado's charter flight finally departs the Denver airport and begins the three-hour trip to New York. During the journey, the players relax by watching movies or TV shows, reading or playing cards with their teammates.

5:42 p.m. ET: The Avs land in the New York area, where they grab their luggage and board the team bus that is destined for the hotel in midtown Manhattan.

7:10 p.m.: Colorado got a first-hand experience of what New York traffic is like, as it took the team bus nearly an hour and a half to get to the hotel from the airport.

Once there, the players dropped off their belongings in their rooms and dispersed throughout the city to grab some dinner before turning in for the night. Tomorrow is a big day, the season begins at the "world's most famous arena" versus the New York Rangers.

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