While gearing up to play in the 2020 NHL Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Avalanche veterans Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon reflected on their first professional experience playing outdoors.
All three participated in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Avs and Detroit Red Wings at a sold-out Coors Field in downtown Denver on Feb. 27, 2016. It was the first-ever NHL outdoor game to be played in Colorado.
While Detroit came out on top in the end, winning 5-3, it was still a memorable experience for all three Avs players.
"It was awesome, so much fun," said Landeskog. "The whole city and the whole state of Colorado really rallied around it, so the support was amazing. To play outdoors was so much fun."