Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, who will play in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports), is keeping a diary of his experiences this weekend. This is his first installment, which focuses on the family skate that took place Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after the Avalanche defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in a shootout at Pepsi Center.
Skating on the outdoor rink was cool. That's a first for me on an outdoor rink. Even growing up [in British Columbia], it didn't get cold enough in Victoria for an outdoor rink. It was a lot of fun, and I think the families are having a good time. It was a little chillier than I thought it was going to be.
It was nice to do this Thursday after a win. I think so much of the game is results-driven and kind of the attitude when you leave the rink if we lost obviously is a bit glum. So it's nice to get a big win, and that obviously makes a day like today a lot more enjoyable.
I think we will get more of a feel for the rink when we get out there and practice Friday. Honestly, the ice felt great. It seems like a great atmosphere. It's going to be a lot of fun, and they did a great job with the surrounding stuff, the mountains and the snow, and all that stuff, and it's going to be really cool.