The Colorado Avalanche are on their longest road trip of the season. However, Avs fans are keeping the home fired burning.
When the Colorado Avalanche team hits the road for a stint of away games there’s this sense of feeling as though your best friends have left you. At least for a little while.
No longer can you trek down to Pepsi Center and talk face to face with the other fanatical Avalanche fans about the team; the wins and the close ones.
And yet what I’ve noticed is there is just as much camaraderie that happens no matter where the Avs are playing; especially this season.
On Monday afternoon Mountain Time, the Avalanche played in Washington. It wasn’t on TV, so I’m expecting many of us tuned into Conor McGahey on Altitude Radio. There’s nothing like listening to Conor’s calls with his great enthusiastic rhymes when the team scores.
Avalanche Twitter was on fire as usual with not only the Avalanche Media team keeping everyone up to date on the game plays but also loads of responses and comments from Avs fans around the world.
Wednesday night was a different story for those of us in Denver. The Avalanche crew hosted the first official ‘Watch Party’ of the season.
Not only did us Av’s fans get to spend a couple of hours together yelling and cheering for our team, but we also got to have our photo taken with Bernie, and chat with the Avalanche Ice Patrol members.
And Nicole Hurdle did her usual great job of hosting the draws for signed Avs material, such as pucks, sticks, jerseys and photos.
It didn’t matter if you were sitting on a table with people you knew or complete strangers. The connections were real and most of the conversations centered around the team and what was happening on the TV monitors.
Whilst the Avs came away with an OT loss there was still a sense of pleasure that we’d supported our team.
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At these watch parties, there is a real sense of connection because we’re all there for one reason and one reason only (aside from partaking in a beer of course) and that’s to cheer on our favorite team, the Avs.
I was one of those lucky enough to win a signed puck on Wednesday night and I had a plethora of ‘Congratulations Karen’ after I went to collect my prize. My Avs family members saying congratulations, and I don’t know any of them in person.
Then comes Friday night when the Avs took on the Florida Panthers. No TV stream to view once again. So it’s listening to Conor on the radio again, as was the case with many other fans, going by the shout outs he gave out.
Messaging with my best friend, another Avs fanatic like me, whilst she’s watching the game.
At the same time I’m commenting on a Facebook game day discussion with the AvalancheAU fans; the fan base in Australia.
Twitter is abuzz again from people all over the world commenting on the game thread, and then afterwards when the team notched up yet another win.
I feel part of one big worldwide family, the Avalanche Family. We are here no matter what, to support OUR team, the Colorado Avalanche.
We’re proud of our team both on and off the ice and wouldn’t cheer for any other team in the NHL.
It’s so great to feel part of this worldwide family. No matter how lonely life may get at other times, I always feel connected and part of something big when it’s hockey season and the Avs are playing.
Thanks for being part of the Avs Family. And keep up the great work cheering our team on. They deserve it.