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Dad Trip Closes With Another Avalanche Win

Colorado defeats Nashville with fathers and mentors in attendance

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Tuesday marked the last day of the Colorado Avalanche 2018 Dad/Mentor Trip, and it was set up to be a busy one for the players and staffs' guests.

The fathers got an inside look at what the players go through during a road game day, beginning with a team breakfast at the Avs' downtown Nashville hotel. On the morning of every road contest, the players get together to grab a morning meal, chat with one another and talk about that evening's upcoming game. This time, they brought their parents along for breakfast.

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Full Day of Activities in Nashville on the Dad's Trip

The dads and mentors watched practice before the group went to the Country Music Hall of Fame

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The dads and mentors of the Colorado Avalanche players and staff had a busy day in Nashville on Monday.

The guests of the 2018 Avalanche Dad/Mentor Trip began their first full day in Music City by taking a short bus ride over to Bridgestone Arena from the hotel.

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Avs and Dads Head to Nashville

The team begins its road trip with fathers and mentors in tow

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It was a travel day for the players, staff and their guests during the 2018 Colorado Avalanche dad/mentor trip to Nashville.

After Colorado defeated Dallas 3-2 on Saturday night, everyone was at the airport by noon for a 1 p.m. flight to the Music City.

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Dad's Trip Begins with Avalanche Win

Colorado defeated Dallas 3-2 with fathers and mentors watching

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Tony Landeskog Interview

Tony Landeskog talks about his son Gabriel

Tony Landeskog, father of the Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog, talks to Avalanche TV's Alexis Perry on the team's 2018 Dad/Mentor Trip

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Family members from across the globe journeyed to Pepsi Center on Saturday for the start of the 2018 Colorado Avalanche Dad/Mentor Trip.

It has been seven years since Colorado last hosted such an event, and this edition features dads/mentors of 18 players and 14 of coaches and staff joining the club for four days. The trip began with them watching the Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars in Denver on Saturday and concludes in Music City when the team takes on the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

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On The Road: MacKinnon Helps Grow The Game

MacKinnon joined Tim Hortons and Sidney Crosby in helping the Kenya Ice Lions play their first-ever game

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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.

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On The Road: A Discovered Engagement

The Avalanche learned of Sheldon Dries' proposal during the first road trip of the season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Talk about a good week for Sheldon Dries.

Three days after making the Colorado Avalanche's season-opening roster and his NHL debut, Dries officially took himself off the market (sorry ladies). The 24-year-old proposed to his longtime girlfriend Emilee on Sunday during a hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park.

She said yes.

"It was a pretty long trail to get to a nice scenic spot," Dries recalled of the moment. "We are both very family-oriented people and both of our parents were here for opening weekend. I thought it would be very special for them to be a part of it and be part of the opportunity for me to propose. We got to a nice scenic spot, I said a few words, got down on one knee and asked the big question."

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On The Road: Game Day In St. Louis

The Avs were playing the final game of its three-city trip

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a three-game trip before the NHL All-Star Break over the weekend. The Avs makes their first journey to Canada with a back-to-back set against the Original Six Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens before finishing the trek in St. Louis against the division-rival Blues.

ColoradoAvalanche.com is writing and taking photos of the trip.


It is the last day of the Avs' road trip, and they have some business to take care of this evening against the St. Louis Blues before the players get some time off for the NHL All-Star Break.

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On The Road: Off Day In St. Louis

Colorado is coming off a back-to-back set in Canada

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a three-game trip before the NHL All-Star Break over the weekend. The Avs makes their first journey to Canada with a back-to-back set against the Original Six Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens before finishing the trek in St. Louis against the division-rival Blues.

ColoradoAvalanche.com is writing and taking photos of the trip.


The Avalanche woke up in St. Louis on Wednesday morning to blue skies, the first time the team has seen the sun during this road trip.

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On The Road: Game Day In Montreal

Avalanche finishes a back-to-back set versus the Canadiens

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a three-game trip before the NHL All-Star Break over the weekend. The Avs makes their first journey to Canada with a back-to-back set against the Original Six Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens before finishing the trek in St. Louis against the division-rival Blues.

ColoradoAvalanche.com is writing and taking photos of the trip.


After arriving in Montreal in the early morning hours on Tuesday following their defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Avs elected to stay at their downtown hotel instead of going to the rink for the pre-game practice.

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On The Road: Game Day In Toronto

Avs are in Canada's largest city to play the Maple Leafs

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a three-game trip before the NHL All-Star Break over the weekend. The Avs makes their first journey to Canada with a back-to-back set against the Original Six Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens before finishing the trek in St. Louis against the division-rival Blues.

ColoradoAvalanche.com is writing and taking photos of the trip.


The first game of the Colorado Avalanche's three-game swing comes against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the team woke up in the hockey-crazed city to fog and drizzling rain outside. The wintery weather has been a theme so far on this trip after the club left snowy Denver the previous day.

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