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Avalanche help sergeant surprise wife, young son at game

Taylor Villegas returned home, stunning spouse Sarah during special moment in second period

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Sergeant Villegas surprises wife

LAK@COL: Sergeant Villegas returns to surprise family

Sergeant Taylor Villegas makes an emotional return home to surprise his family during the 2nd period of the Avalanche's game against the Kings

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Military spouse Sarah Villegas thought she was just getting a round of applause while being honored as the Colorado Avalanche hero of the game. Then her husband Taylor came walking down the aisle.

Sergeant Taylor Villegas returned home from deployment in Afghanistan to stun Sarah and their 2-year-old son Sebastian in a heartwarming moment during the second period of Colorado's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Avalanche were honoring Sarah for five years of service as a military spouse, but then public-address announcer Alan Roach invited her to look to the top of the aisle. Taylor came rushing down to meet her and Sebastian with a bouquet of flowers.

According to the Avalanche website, Taylor was due to return home in February but surprised his family by coming back to Colorado early. Taylor has been deployed across the country and world, but he's from Colorado. 

And it was only fitting that their reunion came at the Pepsi Center. The Villegases celebrated their first wedding anniversary at an Avalanche game. 

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