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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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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 17

The Jr. Avalanche took down the Atlanta Fire

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avalanche faced off against the Atlanta Fire in the team's second tournament game on Friday night. With their tournament livelihood on the line, the Jr. Avs picked up a big 2-1 win and advanced to the semifinal round of the "AA" division.

Goaltender Liam Lane played outstanding once again, stopping all but one deflected shot.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 16

The team gets an outdoor practice in

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

On Thursday morning, the Jr. Avalanche traveled to the suburban town of Wendake, Quebec, to revisit the roots of the game, skating on a large outdoor rink. As the blue sky glimmered off of the ice, it was evident that the hockey gods were looking down on the peewees as they practiced, preparing for a do-or-die game the following day. 

Right wing Holden Spence said it was a mix of fun and hard work.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 15

The Jr. Avs picked up their first win

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Skating in the final exhibition game of the trip, the Jr. Avalanche was hungry for a win.

Facing Team Doritos from Connecticut, the Jr. Avs returned to familiar ice at the Galeries de la Capitale super-mall. Just 15 seconds into the game, captain David Klee gave the Avalanche their first lead of the tournament, batting the puck out of mid air off of a rebound from a shot from the point.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 13

The Jr. Avs got back after it on Monday

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avs were back in action Monday morning, playing in their first of three exhibition games in as many days.

In the company of teams from all across the world, the tournament encourages participants to play as much hockey as possible through exhibition games during the two-week competition. Today, the Jr. Avalanche squared off against a local Quebec team, the Beauport Harfangs, a team resides just 15 minutes outside of downtown Quebec City.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 14

The Jr. Avs have a day of hockey

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Roller coasters, ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and a hockey game; the Jr. Avalanche experienced it all on Tuesday afternoon at Galeries de Capitale, a local Quebec City super-mall that holds an amusement park and ice hockey rink in addition to the typical stores and food courts of an American mall.

This was the location of the Jr. Avs' second exhibition game. Facing off against a team from Finland, the Espoo Blues, the Jr. Avalanche hoped to turn things around following a tough loss the previous day.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 11

The boys spent some quality time with their families

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The players spent Saturday morning bonding with their billet families before heading to Villages Vacances Valcartier for an afternoon full of fun in the snow.

While most of the Jr. Avs were still sleeping, defenseman Ty Twinam and his billet family had an early morning with even more hockey.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 10

The boys got some time in with the dogs

by Nicole Kramer / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avalanche practiced early this morning after a late loss last night.

With the next few days free of games, Coach Klee took advantage of an opportunity to hit the ice. Traveling to a local town outside of Quebec City for practice, the boys skated for an hour and a half before Klee added an extra incentive to the routine end-of-practice shootout competition; the winner would receive a Matt Duchene autographed hockey puck.

The shootout lasted a few rounds before Evan Criswell came out on top with the final goal. According to forward Boston Crone, "the shootout was fun and made the boys work more for it since the prize was a signed Matt Duchene puck".

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 9

The Jr. Avalanche begins the tournament against the Mooseheads

by Staff / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Similar to a typical NHL schedule, the Jr. Colorado Avalanche hit the ice early for a morning skate before its first tournament game later that night.

Right wing Mason Ripley described the practice as, "a chance to get our legs under us before the game tonight. It was important to get ready for the game, especially after our long journey to Quebec. After lunch, we went back to the hotel to rest. I took a pre-game nap, just like a professional NHL player would do."

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