It’s Tuesday November 24th and for breakfast I slam down a cup of coffee and head to Avs morning skate. The best breakfast ever. I was glad to see twenty-five fans in the stands. Play was lively and a lot of smiles. The Colorado Avalanche have found their chemistry on the ice.
Defenseman Kyle Quincey and superstar rookie Matt Duchene chatted amongst themselves along the boards, while Adam Foote was supervising puck drills. J-M Liles repeatedly plowed the puck toward the net, but frustration was apparent, as his shots didn’t fire head on. With Liles on the IR twice this year, his spot on fantasy teams has caused frustration, me included. Wojtek Wolski seemed tired, as I observed for my fantasy line-up and his potential against the upcoming Predators. He was smiling and talking with Duchene between drills, so I hope he can hold my LW spot for Wednesday.
I was impressed with defenseman Ryan Wilson who had good shots and was extremely persistent in achieving an accurate shot. His puck handling skills were tight and skilled.
The last players on the ice were Ryan O’Reilly and Chris Stewart having a blast challenging goaltender Peter Budaj.
After the morning skate, I went to hang with the group of Avalanche fans eagerly waiting for the team to sign autographs and get pictures. As each car crept through the gate, fans swarmed politely. These Avalanche fans were very bonded in their love for their team and courteous to the players. As Budaj drove out of the gate, fans wanted to know if he would be starting against Nashville. He said he wasn’t.
I had a chance to give my blog card to Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly. I approached Stastny as fellow DU alumni, while I approached O’Reilly with “you’re on my fantasy team.” He liked that. I asked them both to check out my blog.
Shout out to Cody McLeod who got out of his truck to take pictures with everyone. We were all glad he didn’t fight with ex-Av Lappy on Monday against the Flyers.
I’m not the best photographer with my camera phone, but here’s a few photos of Cody McLeod, Darcy Tucker and Ryan O’Reilly.