Colorado Avalanche Players Mourn Derek Shepherd

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Gabriel Landeskog (Derek Shepherd)

Oct 25, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) warms up before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was sitting off by himself. His right wrist was wrapped — it is so much of the time. His mane of blond hair was shoved back out of his face. To say he looked pensive would be an understatement.

Cap… Shepherd’s death…

Gabe looked up. His eyes are the exact same shade of blue as Derek Shepherd’s.


“You’ve got to believe in us, Avs Nation. We’re going to be better.”

Um, we know.

“No, really. Next season, we’re not just going to say we’re going to play 60 minutes — we’re actually going to do it. From Day 1 in the preseason.”

Right. But… what’s your take on Derek Shepherd’s death.

Landy frowned. “Derek Shepherd? Was he going top 20 in the draft?”

Well, no, he was the big heartthrob of Grey’s Anatomy.

Suddenly, the sun comes out as captain Landy smiles. “Oh, I don’t watch that show. I’m a big fan of [Swedish Swedish Swedish]. I’m getting ready for next season.”

Right, the captain leads as he always does. Time to return to hockey, right, Avs Nation?

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