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Bednar's camo, WWII nurse's puck drop starred on Avalanche military night

Colorado coach wore special jacket for themed festivities honoring troops

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

There's a good chance you didn't see him, but Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar came to the rink dressed to impress on Wednesday.

Decked out in a camouflage jacket, Bednar was in the spirit for Military Appreciation Night, even if his type of camo wasn't exactly military grade. 

"A friend of mine's friend started a company called Perfect Pattern and he sent it to me and asked if I'd wear it for Military (Appreciation) Night and I said, 'Absolutely.'" Bednar said. "(The players) didn't say much to me, but I saw a couple guys on the bench give me the look. Normally I don't dress like that, but I thought for tonight it was just my way of showing some appreciation for the military."

For the ceremonial puck drop, the Avalanche brought in World War II nurse Leila Morrison. The 97-year-old veteran gave the puck a robust toss as she, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog shared a chuckle.

Video: BUF@COL: WWII nurse Morrison tosses ceremonial puck

Morrison was deployed overseas in 1944 and came to the aid of soldiers in the Normandy region of northern France. Pictures of Morrison from that time were shown during her introduction.

Tweet from @Avalanche: Thank you, Leila Morrison!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/TYYCKsJo0F

Before the game, the Avalanche took the ice for warmups wearing special military-themed jerseys that are being auctioned off for charity through the team's website: Military Appreciation Night jersey auction.

Tweet from @Avalanche: One emoji to describe these Military Appreciation Jerseys! 🇺🇸#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/oz4xeC3k9h

NHL.com Independent Correspondent Rick Sadowski contributed to this story.

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