As the Colorado Avalanche coaches and players boarded the team bus to go to Chelsea Piers for their morning skate on Tuesday, much of the conversation revolved around Nathan MacKinnon and Kenyan hockey players.
"I couldn't look on social media yesterday without seeing Nate wearing Kenyan hockey player gear," one player commented. Another noted that they watched a video multiple times of MacKinnon surprising a team from eastern Africa.
Over the summer, Tim Hortons, the popular coffee and donut chain, flew the Kenya Ice Lions from Nairobi to Canada after learning that they had nobody to play a game against. They are the country's only hockey team.