Colorado Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog to Help Community During COVID-19

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 25: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche arrives at the 2019 NHL All-Star Red Carpet on January 25, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 25: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche arrives at the 2019 NHL All-Star Red Carpet on January 25, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is teaming up with KeyBank to make donations to help communities in Colorado who are in need.

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is in quarantine up in Toronto, where his wife is from. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his community here in Colorado.

Recently the Avalanche announced he had teamed up with KeyBank to donate $10,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund to support local communities during the crisis.

He took to his own Instagram to talk about the initiative. He further explained that they would be assisting the local communities in Denver in “many other ways.”

The website for the initiative: helpcoloradonow.org

The hashtag for the initiative: #DoingMyPartCO

Right now it looks as if the initiative is somewhat aimed at helping health care workers. The website makes a call for health care volunteers or staff to help out at local hospitals. It also asks for donations of medical supplies such as masks, gloves, and swabs as well as cleaning supplies and baby formula.

The initiative also has some funding available. It advertises childcare services for first responders and health care workers as well as emergency funding for organizations who need help mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

The HelpColoradoNow organization is administered in partnership with Mile High United Way.

Here is Landeskog’s Instagram post making the announcement:


As you can see, our captain is still missing his tooth. Apparently during the last game before the pause, against the New York Rangers, he and Brendan Lemieux of the Rangers were battling along the boards. Nikita Zadorov crushed Lemieux into Landeskog. Lemieux’s stick got into Landeskog’s mouth and bent the tooth out.

Landeskog flat out blames Zadorov: “I would have never looked like this if it wasn’t for Zadorov.”

Apparently the tooth was a crown that Landeskog never liked anyway. When he left Denver, though, he left his dentist behind, so he has to wait to have it fixed.

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Ah, well, that’s neither here nor there. Our Colorado Avalanche captain is reaching out to the community, and that surprises me exactly zero. Less than zero.

Meanwhile, Nathan MacKinnon is one of several players who contributed to hockey brand CCM’s donation of 500,000 health care workers.