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Postcards From Quebec: Feb. 21

The Jr. Avs have a casual skate at an outdoor rink

by Rui Encarnacao /

Since the Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee team finished up playing games for their trip on Thursday, the team headed to same outdoor rink they practiced at on Monday for a casual fun skate on Friday.

The rink is one of two full outdoor sheets and is part of the local town's recreation center where all town residents get to utilize it for free. It is the home recreation center for one of the Jr. Avs billet captains.

The team scrimmaged with coaches and billets, played fun mini games and finished with a shootout. Goaltenders Matthew Toomey and Griffin Niedzielski skated out as players while forwards Nolan Darlington and Grady Glandorf went between the pipes.

Following practice, the Jr. Avs took to the skating trails one last time, racing around the scenic routes.

After stopping at the mall, the Jr. Avalanche headed to the Videotron Center to watch some playoffs games and trade pins, an activity the players look forward to every day. The team is winding down its incredible two-week trip in Quebec with two more days left and no more games to be played.

Defenseman #14 Ian Whittington 

Dear Avs Fans,

Today was super fun, we got to practice at the same outdoor rink we went to on Monday. We do not have that many outdoor rinks in Colorado. We scrimmaged for the entire practice and played fun games where we got to go against each other 1-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and so on. Then, at the end we finished with a shootout. Two of my teammates that are skaters played goalie and our goalies skated out at players, so that was awesome. After tha,t we went to the skating trails and skated around for a little until my face got really cold. Later, we went back to the mall to walk around and even went on some of the rides. I got ice cream before we left. 

Pin trading is one of the big things here. This one pin from Team Maryland is the biggest pin here and it's the hardest to trade for. I have every pin I've wanted to get except for that one. I just need to find someone who is willing to trade for it. This trip has been so much fun. We have done everything from outdoor skating, fun activities in the snow, walking around the mall and more. Everyone is getting along and having fun together. I have the best billet family. We went sledding and my host family's house has a big hill for it. We have been playing a lot of knee hockey with our billet siblings and they love to play. The food has been so good at my billets and they make dinner for my teammate and I enjoyable. Go Avs Go!


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