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Postcards From Europe: April 29

The Jr. Avalanche finish its trip to Finland on a high note

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

On the final day of the Nordic Hockey Trophy tournament in Finland, the Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee Hockey Team ran into its toughest opponent yet, the Northern Sweden Hockey Academy (NSHA), which was undefeated in tournament play.

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Postcards From Europe: April 28

A busy day of tournament action sets up the Jr. Avalanche nicely for the final day

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Colorado Avalanche had a busy day on the ice on Saturday, as the team played three crucial games at the Nordic Hockey Trophy tournament in Finland.

The first match of the day was the third and final game of pool play for the team, and the Jr. Avs won 6-1 against Haukut (Finland). Forward Noah Grolnic scored two goals and added an assist, and defenseman A.J. Scarafoni added two helpers on shots from the points.

"We worked as a team the entire game and made some nice plays," said A.J. Scarafoni.

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Postcards From Europe: April 27

The Jr. Avalanche played two pool-play contests against Finnish teams

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The 2018 Nordic Hockey Trophy tournament got under way on Friday afternoon and the Jr. Avalanche played two pool-play matches against Finnish teams KooKoo and EVU. Before competition began, the players had a free day to hang with their billets where they checked out what school is like in Finland.

"It was kind of like an all-grade type of school. They had more breaks than we do and it was a shorter day overall. We also took our shoes off for school, which was pretty different," first-year goaltender Derek Wood said. "We got to talk to the class and see what they do during a normal day. We worked on some writing and I wasn't really good at that in Finnish."

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Postcards From Europe: April 26

The Avs Pee-Wee Team continues to explore Finland

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Thursday brought another full day for the Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee Hockey Team, and it began with an adventure to Suomenlinna, also known as "the Fortress of Finland."

Accessing the island via ferry from Market Square, the team took a guided tour around the Unesco World Heritage site. The fort was originally built by Sweden in the mid-18th century and was then occupied by Russia before finally being taken over by Finland when the country gained independence in the early 1900's.

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Postcards From Europe: April 25

The Jr. Avalanche played an exhibition game against Haukat

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avs arrived in Helsinki on Wednesday morning to finish off their overnight cruise across the Baltic Sea. The boys hopped on the team bus and took a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Finland's capital to check out the main attractions including Senate Square and famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' monument.

"I learned some fun facts about Helsinki," said second-year defenseman Jake Scott. "There was one street we drove down that still had damage on the walls and statues from the Soviet Union during World War II." 

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Postcards From Europe: April 24

The Jr. Avalanche saw more of Stockholm before cruising to Helsinki

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

With the tail end of Tuesday including travel to a different city, the Jr. Avalanche got one last look of Stockholm in the morning. The boys headed to the Ericsson Globe to check out the Globen Sky View gondola ride.

"We went into this glass ball that took us up to the top of the Globe to see the whole view of the entire city," left wing Owen Miedema said. "It was scary at first because it was a weird feeling moving so high up in an elevator outside, but once we got up to the top it was really cool."

The Ericsson Globe, which may ring a bell to some Avalanche fans, was the host of the 2017 NHL Global Series where the Avs matched up against the Ottawa Senators for two regular season games in November.

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Postcards From Europe: April 23

The Jr. Avalanche explored Stockholm and played an exhibition game

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avalanche had an action-packed day on Tuesday that started with an in-depth sightseeing tour led by a local guide. They stopped at multiple spots including the highest point of Stockholm and Old Town where the Royal Palace is located.

"We got to see some really nice views and learn about the city," second-year forward George Poirier said. "I thought it was interesting that you aren't allowed to build floors above seven stories because the King wanted to the live in the highest building."

The team was also able to witness the Royal Palace changing of the guard before they headed to the Vasa Warship Museum where the 17th century recovered warship resides.

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Postcards From Europe: April 21-22

Avalanche Pee-Wee Team travels to Sweden

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The 2018 Jr. Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee Team has begun its 10-day journey to Europe where it will compete in the 2018 Nordic Hockey Trophy Tournament in Espoo, Finland.

The team representing the Avalanche, the Arvada Hockey Association AA Pee Wees, earned its bid by winning the 2017 Avalanche International Qualifier back in November. Eleven teams throughout the state of Colorado competed in the pool-play tournament, with Arvada going undefeated throughout the competition.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 19

The Jr. Avs bid farewell to Quebec City

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The final day in Quebec City brought many emotions for the Jr. Avalanche.

Most players and their billet families returned to the Videotron Centre one final time to watch the AA Championship. Two local Quebec teams faced off in the Final, and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 5-2. The Videotron Centre was packed with over 8,000 fans in attendance to watch the Championship games throughout the day.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 18

The Jr. Avs faced the Drummondville Voltigeurs

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following a big win Friday night over the Atlanta Fire, the Jr. Avs looked to capture three games in a row as they laced up their skates again Saturday for the AA Semifinal game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

As many professional athletes will attest, replicating a victorious pregame routine will prepare you mentally before taking the ice. As they did Friday afternoon, the Jr. Avs returned to the streets of Quartier Petit-Champlain at Spag & Tini, where the team enjoyed an identical pregame meal of spaghetti and meatballs.

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