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Avalanche amuse themselves between periods with classic video games

With no fans around, games of Pong and solitaire keep some staff busy at intermission

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

With no fans in attendance to inform about upcoming games or participate in contests during intermission, what is a public address announcer to do?

The answer, seemingly for the Colorado Avalanche, is to play some video games.

On Friday during intermission of its game against the St. Louis Blues, the team shared a gigantic game of Pong that was being projected on to the ice.

Tweet from @Avalanche: If you were wondering what we do during intermission without fans....We���re playing pong on the ice 😬#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/tC0Vvl5fPy

Each Pong paddle was placed along the goal line with the very familiar [to fans of a certain age] square ball bouncing back and forth.

Friday wasn't the first time the ice at Ball Arena played host to a classic video game. Avalanche announcer Conor McGahey shared a game of solitaire on Wednesday.

Tweet from @ConorMcGahey: I���ll just play some solitaire during intermission. #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/Va6Csdogri

The Avalanche are home next on Jan. 26. Anyone up for some Minesweeper?

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