Colorado Avalanche Have Fun with St. Patrick’s Day

WINNIPEG, MB - JANUARY 18: Tyson Barrie
WINNIPEG, MB - JANUARY 18: Tyson Barrie /

Colorado Avalanche players have fun with St. Patrick’s Day by reciting limericks… with a green tiara on their heads.

The Colorado Avalanche didn’t have a lot to laugh about last season. However, as players league-wide have noted, when you’re doing your dream job — in this case playing in the NHL — you’ve got no room for complaining.

Hockey players are also good sports about doing fun videos. Last year, Altitude TV host Lauren Gardner decided to have a little St. Patrick’s Day fun. As the players were heading off for a two-game road trip that took them to Detroit and Chicago (knowing last season, you can imagine how it went), she asked them to put on a St. Patrick’s Day tiara and recite limericks.

The players did pretty well. In post-production, Altitude TV synthesized their voices to sound like actual leprechauns.

The players had one of three limericks to recite. The first was an untitled limerick that only captain Gabriel Landeskog was tagged to read:

The bottle of perfume that Willie sent,
Was highly displeasing to Milicent,
Her thanks were so cold, that they quarelled, I’m told,
Over that silly scent Willie sent Milicent.

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Compared to the other two, though, this one is a little cerebral.

The next limerick was “For Beauty I Am Not A Star” by Woodrow Wilson. Both Tyson Barrie and Mark Barberio recited this limerick:

For Beauty I Am Not A Star

For beauty I am not a star,
There are others more perfect by far,
But my face I don’t mind it,
For I am behind it,
It is those in front that I jar.

The boys read it in good humor.

The third limerick was an untitled limerick by Ogden Nash. This one was a real tongue-twister. Both Erik Johnson and Matt Duchene read this limerick.

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, “let us flee!”
“Let us fly!” said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

My favorite part is how afterward Johnson looks pleased with himself and declares he went to college. (He did a semester-and-a-half at the University of Minnesota before leaving early to participate in World Juniors.)

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I’m not sure if this year’s team will record anything special for St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure if they’re asked, they will.

In any case, we can also celebrate the entirely different circumstances the Colorado Avalanche find themselves in. Last year at St. Patrick’s Day, the Avs had only 43 points and were on their way to only recording five more in the remaining 13 games.

This season, Colorado has almost twice that many at 84. They’re in the first wild card berth for the playoffs. With 11 games left, and the roll they’re on, I think they’ll get more than five more points.

What a difference a year can make.