Hey Avs Fans!
During the month of October the NHL participates in an incredible initiative called Hockey Fights Cancer. If you were in the stands at the Avs-Stars game on Tuesday, October 15th, you probably noticed some splashes of lavender being worn throughout Pepsi Center. We absolutely loved rocking the white hats with the Avs logo dyed this beautiful shade of lavender to help support this cause, and feel beyond privileged to have been a part of this night! The support from fans was equally amazing, and you could certainly feel the positive energy throughout the arena.
On Wednesday, October 16th, we were able to participate in a second community outreach opportunity for Hockey Fights Cancer called “Break the Ice.” We had a wonderful time meeting some of hockey’s sweetest, strongest, and youngest fans.
When we arrived at Pepsi Center, we were quickly put to work fitting and lacing skates, getting kids geared up with helmets and gloves, and finally hitting the ice for some skate time! We spent the evening having races across the ice, practicing shooting goals, and getting to know some amazing kiddos, each with a different story to tell. We got to know a lot about them and their unique personalities in the short two-hour period.
After getting some time to skate and play around on the ice, everyone took to center ice. Fans were able to ask questions to two Avs players, Alex Tanguay and Ryan O’Reilly, and then we took a big group photo with everyone who came to the event.
After a few hours of skating, it was time to go enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn. We were able to take a few more photos with the families that participated before the event came to an end. This was an unforgettable opportunity and we feel extremely grateful to have been a part of it. The positive vibe in the arena was incredibly moving and uplifting. As a new team, we have been looking forward to getting opportunities to participate in events like this and are so honored to have met some of our bravest fans during this event. Thank you to everyone who came out, and to everyone who helped support the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative! Go AVS!
On Saturday, October 12, we were so excited to arrive at one of the most beautiful geographic sights in Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Being figure skaters, the cold weather made us feel right at home. It was such a privilege to be able to watch the beautiful sunset over the city of Denver just as our Avalanche team was winning their fifth straight game in a row.
The reason we were at Red Rocks was to support our team prior to the Counting Crows Concert. At the event we hung out with Bernie and signed autographs. It was so much fun to be with all of the fans and see how excited everybody is for the season!
After signing autographs for a while we went onto the stage and got to throw shirts out into the crowd. Now, there is a reason we are figure skaters and not softball players, but Bernie was extremely helpful ;)
To conclude the night we signed some more autographs. It was such a blast again to see what supportive fans we have! We could not be more excited to meet more of our fans!
Thank you for all the support! GO AVALANCHE!!
Tess and Rikka
On Monday, September 30, we were at the Castle Pines golf course in Castle Rock for the Colorado Avalanche Annual Charity Golf Classic put on by Kroenke Sports Charities. This year’s Classic raised a total of $88,000 net for youth sports.
There was a beautiful sunrise over Denver on our way to Castle Rock. We arrived as a giant Avalanche “A” was being blown up in front of the Castle Pines Club House. Welcome to Avalanche Territory!
At the event we hung out with Bernie handing out thank you gifts for the participants, as well as restacking any bags Bernie’s excited tail knocked over. The opportunity to meet and welcome all of the participants was one of the many highlights of our day.
After brunch we took the scenic route around the hilly greens, past a deer, and up to hole nine. Hole Nine was the Longest Drive. It was fun to encourage the friendly competition between the golfers!
It meant a great deal for us to be involved in an event that was created to benefit youth sports. As coaches in Learn to Skate programs, it was special to see the support and enthusiasm revolving around this particular event. At our autograph signings as well as rooting on the mini mites during intermissions, we have met many young hockey fans. It’s wonderful to think we’ve seen some faces of the children who are benefiting from Kroenke Sports Charities’ youth sports initiatives.
Go Avs Go!
~Kara D. and Kayla
Hey Avalanche Fans!
Sammie and Paolina here, posting our very first blog. We are so happy and honored to be a part of this new team, and really appreciate all of the support so far! Today, we are going to go back to the first ever Avs Ice Girls’ audition process.
From the moment the audition information was released, to the actual audition, the nerves began to build. What to expect? What skating would be required? How long would the audition be? How many girls are going to make the team? All of these questions and more began to run through our heads. After what seemed like a year, it was audition time. Saturday, July 13, 2013, that’s where we started this amazing journey!
It was gloomy and rainy on that Saturday night. As we all started to arrive at the Ice Ranch, there was a huge circle of chairs filled with beautiful and talented women who were all there for the same reason! We lined up at 7 pm, turned in our resumes, headshots, and other paperwork and received our audition numbers, 15 and 16 for us.
All of the ladies auditioning were asked to skate through an obstacle course, including things like front and back crossovers, shoveling snow, and sprints in groups of three. The beginning was pretty nerve-wracking, but so exciting. Each girl did one last check to make sure their hair and make-up was perfect. We hit the ice and everyone seemed at home. After all the groups skated the judges left to deliberate…that seemed to take forever!
The judges came down to make their announcement and wouldn’t you know it our numbers 15 and 16 were called out. We made the first cut! The two of us couldn’t have been more ecstatic! We had skated together at the same rink when we were younger so it was great to have a familiar face to go through this process with. The following week we had to go to Pepsi Center for formal interviews with the Colorado Avalanche staff and the rest is history…we made the team!
We can’t wait for our fans to get to know us better through our blog this season! Stop by Pepsi Center and see us soon! Go Avs Go!
~Paolina & Sammie
Welcome to the Official Ice Girls’ Blog! We want to give you a behind the scenes look at our team on and off the ice. From assembling the team, to arena life, to community appearances, you can find it here!