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Do All You Can Food Drive Wednesday Night

Bring non-perishable foods and cash donations to Pepsi Center

by ColoradoAvalanche.com / Official website of the Avs

The Colorado Avalanche will host its annual Do All You Can Food Drive at Pepsi Center prior to tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins

Both canned food and monetary donations will be collected at the entrances of the arena prior to the contest. All donations will go to the Denver Rescue Mission, which provides 650,000 meals to those in need each year.

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Avalanche Honors Humboldt Broncos

Ryan Straschnitzki and Jacob Wassermann dropped pucks in a ceremonial faceof

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche honored two survivors of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy prior to Saturday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Defenseman Ryan Straschnitzki and goaltender Jacob Wassermann were recognized in front of the capacity crowd at Pepsi Center, and each dropped a puck in a ceremonial faceoff with captains Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche and Jamie Benn of the Stars.

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Helping Humboldt

The Avalanche, NHL and hockey community came together to help the Humboldt Broncos following April's tragedy

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A version of the following story appeared in the 2018-19 first edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.

The Avalanche honored members of the Humboldt Broncos prior to the Nov. 24 game at Pepsi Center against the Dallas Stars.


Ice hockey is played on six of the seven continents on the planet, but the sport isn't as big as it sometimes seems.

That much was evident this past spring when the hockey community rallied around a small rural city in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Humboldt has nearly 6,000 residents, and they love their Humboldt Broncos. Playing at the Junior A level in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, the Broncos have won 10 league titles and have been crowned Canadian Jr. A champions twice since their inception in 1970.

"It's a community-owned team. It's a team that the community backs, they rally behind, they get excited about. It brings families together, it brings friends together," says Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar, who grew up in Humboldt.

On April 6, the Broncos were traveling for a road playoff game and were looking to keep their championship hopes alive trailing 3-1 in their semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks. The team never got the chance to mount a comeback in the best-of-seven series.

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Try Hockey For Free This Saturday

There will be 12 rinks throughout Colorado that will be participating

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will help support area rinks for "Try Hockey For Free Day" on Saturday, Nov. 10, by giving children between the ages of 4-9 a completely free experience to try youth hockey as part of USA Hockey's Come Play Hockey month.

There will be 12 locations in the state of Colorado that will hold free clinics, located in Arvada, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Greeley, Littleton, Monument, Pueblo, Superior and Westminster (more info below). Nationwide, nearly 450 rinks will participate in Try Hockey For Free Day.

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Successful First Avalanche Fan Fest

Fans flocked to Pepsi Center to get ready for the new season

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following the Colorado Avalanche's overtime win against Minnesota Wild in the preseason on Friday, Pepsi Center was in a flurry of burgundy and blue on Saturday morning as jersey-clad fans of all ages flocked to the arena for the team's inaugural Fan Fest.

The event was free and included on-ice instruction for youth hockey players, various interactive activities, giveaways and culminated in an open practice with the NHL squad.

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Mile High Mites for the 2018-19 Season

"Learn to Play" with the Colorado Avalanche

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

Spots are still available for the Colorado Avalanche's Mile High Mites Learn to Play program for the 2018-19 season.

The Avalanche, in conjunction with the NHL, NHL Players' Association and USA Hockey, works with 22 youth associations to host 23 different sessions throughout Colorado. Each location hosts their own six-week program.

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Successful Golf Tournament For Humboldt

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar helped raise money for the Humboldt Broncos

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Nearly $100,000 was raised at the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 18, and all the proceeds will go to the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club.

The inaugural event in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, was put on by Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar, Winnipeg Jets broadcaster Brian Munz and Laurie Warford to raise funds and remember the lives that were lost in the tragic accident on April 6.

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Bednar Helps Create Humboldt Broncos Memorial Golf Tournament

Avalanche head coach is doing his part for his hometown following the tragedy in April

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It was the morning of the biggest game of the year for the Colorado Avalanche, but it was also a day where the hockey world was reminded that there is more to the sport than the games themselves.

Hockey plays an important part in many people's lives, but there is a lot more to it than trying to put a vulcanized piece of rubber into a net at blazing speeds on ice. The sport develops bonds that can last a lifetime. From peewees to adult rec leagues to the National Hockey League, the game creates a unique camaraderie for players and fans alike.

So on April 7 as the Avalanche prepared to face the St. Louis Blues in the final contest of the regular season and with a playoff spot on the line, the hockey community was mourning the loss of some of their own from the previous night.

Nearly a thousand miles north of Colorado on the Canadian plains of Saskatchewan, a city was grieving. The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to Nipawin for Game 5 of their playoff series in the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League, but the team never made it as an accident with their team bus and a truck killed 16 people on the club and critically injured 13 others. Among those that died included players, support staff and coach Darcy Haugan.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar spent a large amount of his childhood in Humboldt while following his father, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, around the province. He considers the city his hometown and the Broncos were his team.

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Seventh annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive set for Sept. 8

Join the Avalanche in donating new and gently-used sports equipment

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The seventh annual giveSPORTS Equipment Drive will be held at Pepsi Center on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Rav4 Parking Lot. Event co-founders, Kroenke Sports Charities and A Precious Child, invite the public to support underprivileged children in their desire to participate in sports by dropping off new and gently-used sports equipment and monetary donations at this event.

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Real-Life Superheroes At Avalanche Charity Brunch

The kids strutted their stuff on the fashion runway at the 21st annual event

by Taylor Hodapp / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The power of a child's smile is second to none.

And the way the kids that joined the Colorado Avalanche at the 21st annual Charity Brunch walk through life with beaming smiles and positive attitudes despite their hardships is a special kind of super power.

The 2018 Avalanche Charity Brunch, hosted by the Avs Better Halves, showcased just how much these kids are admired as superheroes. The event took place on Sunday, and like every year, the day was nothing short of heartwarming.

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