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!