At the can on Saturday night, 11-02-'13
It has been a long while since Brad and I attended a professional hockey game together - probably two or three years now. I cannot recall the last game we were at but I believe it was before Josh Kroenke, the son of owner Stan Kroenke, had to take over day-to-day operation of the team due to his Dad buying the St. Louis Rams (Man, nothing like being born with a golden shovel in your mouth, eh?)
The last game we saw may have been one of Peter Forsberg's comeback attempt games - yeah, I think that was it. The team had become pretty rank at that point, wallowing in mediocrity (or worse) during the middle of the Joe Sacco years.
Since last April, when Sacco was given his walking papers, the Avalanche have taken some huge steps towards improving the quality of the team. Former Aves captain and Hall-of-famer Joe Sakic took over the hockey personnel decision making responsibilities and one his first orders of business was getting fellow former Avalanche and HOF'er Patrick Roy to become the new head coach (and, for all intents and purposes, the new general manager) of the Colorado Avalanche.
Oh happy day! There was a great deal of skepticism when Roy was first named head coach (including quite a bit on the part of yours truly) as Roy's only coaching experience was in the minors...but man o' man was that skepticism unfounded.
The Avalanche, after last night's 4-1 win over the Canadians, are now 12-1! Great googley-moogley!
Note to NHL lawyers: No account, description, or representation of the actual game is given here. Go away.
Brad and I had a great time at the game - we had seats that, while a bit high in the stands, were fairly close to center ice, and there wasn't a minute of the action we couldn't see.
As we had taken the light rail to the Pepsi Center for the game, afterwards we were able to walk downtown, enjoy some grub and a beer at Old Chicago, and take our time getting back to Lakewood. That light rail is awesome - $8.00 round-trip, don't have to pay to park (that's usually $15.00 right there), don't have to hassle with traffic, and it's fast and efficient.
Dressing up in my fourth alternative Halloween costume for the game got me a few quirky looks, but what the hey, you only live once.
Cousin Eddie loves the Avalanche