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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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On The Road: Trip To Toronto

Colorado heads to Canada for the first time this season

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 was a snowy Sunday in the Mile High City after several inches of snow fell overnight, making the Colorado Avalanche's travel to Toronto, Ontario, a little more treacherous than usual.

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On The Road: Game Day In Washington, D.C.

Colorado finishes its road trip with a contest at Washington

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a four-game road trip on the east coast with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

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


With the Avalanche playing the second game of a back-to-back set to close out its road trip, the team elects to not go to the arena for a morning skate. Instead, the club stays at its Georgetown hotel and has an optional stretch for the players.

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On The Road: Game Day In Pittsburgh

Avalanche begins a back-to-back set versus the Penguins

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a four-game road trip on the east coast with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

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


The sixth day of the Avalanche's road trip was also the team's third game day, as the club takes on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first half of a back-to-back set.

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On The Road: Off Day In Pittsburgh

Colorado continues its road trip at Pittsburgh

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on a four-game road trip on the east coast with games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

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


With the Avalanche not having a practice scheduled for Sunday, the players have the day to do what they please.

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