After living in Colorado for 6 years, we finally went to a Colorado Avalanche hockey game!
I was lucky enough to win four tickets, so the whole family went. We drove to a Park-n-Ride and met up with Daddy to take the train to Pepsi Center. Once we picked up our tickets at will call, we were surprised to see how awesome the seats were! We made our way there, and the kids were in awe. Daddy left to find food, and I explained to the boys which team we were cheering for. Elijah (4.5) pointed out everyone wearing hockey shirts, and when the zamboni came out, the boys cheered. Their excitement grew even more when a Chipotle burrito blimp appeared and floated through the arena, followed by a Denver Post blimp. They grew sad when the blimps finished dropping their coupons and disappeared, but by then Daddy was back with food.
The game started, and the boys continued to eat their cheeseburgers and fries. With the food done, they stood up to watch the game. Elijah declared his favorite number was 26, and that we were going to root for him (Stastny). After the first period Miles (2.5) was ready to leave, but I assured him there was more game to see, and hey the zamboni will be back. Thankfully there was also Mighty Mites hockey, little kids from Arvada playing on the ice. Elijah got a kick out of that.
Miles got antsy in the second period, so we took a walk around the arena. We made our way downstairs to the kids store, and picked up the boys some Avalanche shirts of their own. Miles proudly carried them back to his brother, at which point we put them on.
Elijah asked excitedly, “what number is on the back of my shirt?” Daddy explained that numbers cost more, but we can look into it for the future. Both kids were happy to have their new hockey shirts.
After the second period, we made our way to the exit, as Miles showed he’d had enough. One more burst of energy when we saw Bernie the Mascot, but the line was very long, and tears came when we wouldn’t stand in line. “Next time, okay. We’ll see Bernie next time.” The tears ended pretty quickly, and they had enough energy for the train ride back to the car.
I doubt we’ll ever have tickets so nice as these. It was a great experience for all of us, having been ages since either Geoff or I had been to a hockey game. The boys need to be a little older before they get into it, Elijah still complaining the game takes too long. But I’m thankful for the chance we got to go.