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Avs depart today to Edmonton in hope of a return to glory

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It all becomes reality now. Today, the Avalanche will depart for Edmonton, leaving in their wake Phase 3 training camp at Pepsi Center and crossing the border up north into Phase 4 territory – the final step in the NHL’s Return to Play plan. In just a matter of days, real-life Avs hockey is set to be played for the first time in 139 long, painstakingly sans-hockey days.

Instead of the usual longjohns and overcoats for a trip to Edmonton, players will be packing shorts and t-shirts for hockey in August. It’s certainly going to be weird, for us and for the players…but, really, mostly for the players. They’ll be quarantined in a one-block-by-one-block square radius of Edmonton’s ICE District, living out of the J.W. Marriott hotel for what could be — what we all hope will be — two months. The next time we see the Avs stateside will be at a parade in Downtown Denver sometime in early October. We can hope anyway.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he can sometimes be found waiting tables when he’s not writing.

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