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Avalanche Notebook: Some things to remember as season dawns



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Avalanche season officially begins Wednesday night, so I thought it would be good to run down a few things to know and remember moving forward:

  • You do NOT have to show proof of vaccination to attend Avs games at Ball Arena. But you will have to wear a mask still.
  • Wednesday’s game starts at 8 p.m., not the normal 7 p.m
  • That’s because the game will be on national TV, on TNT. Brendan Burke, Darren Pang and Jamal Mayers will handle the broadcasting duties for the game, and the Great One, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul “Biz Nasty” Bissonette will be analyzing between periods and after, in studio.
  • You WILL be able to watch the game, no matter what cable package you have. It is one of 13 Avs games that will be on national TV, and Altitude won’t be broadcasting it simultaneously. So, no local blackout.
  • The other 69 regular-season games, though? If you have Comcast or Dish and live in the vast Denver metro area, you’re still screwed. Here is the full Avs TV broadcast schedule.
  • While the team hasn’t said anything official, Jared Bednar is not expected to be on the bench tomorrow. He’s still in Covid protocol.
  • Hey, I do some work with them, so, yes, this is a plug: On 104.3 The Fan this season, there will be a 30-minute postgame show for ALL 82 games, weekends included. The great Sandy Clough and Shawn Drotar will take turns doing the show, and you’ll also be able to hear yours truly on them. I promise I’ll watch my language.
  • We at Colorado Hockey Now are still running a nice sale: a full year of coverage for $20.21, down from the usual $29.99. Click on the subscribe button here or up top, click on the yearly plan and put the code word 2021 in the checkout box and you’ll be good to go. Sale won’t last forever, so get moving, fence-sitters. More content will be going behind the paywall soon.
  • Oh, and it’s an ad-free experience when you subscribe. No annoying pop-ups like the “free” site version.
  • We still put plenty of free content – including this post – on the site, though. Much more than any other site covering the Avs.
  • We want to cover as much of the team on the road as we can – even though locker rooms are still closed to the media, which is a big bummer and makes going on the road less enticing. Myself, Terry and Scott would all put your Avs Travel Tip Jar donations to good, economical use. Why, just today Terry was saying how much he misses staying at Red Roof Inns. Want to chip in? Here’s your link.
  • But I don’t think we’ll be on the road as much, though, with locker rooms still closed. They’re also closed to me right now for a while, as I’m still in the penalty box with the Avs for saying a bad word in that MacKinnon Zoom call.
  • Eric Lacroix will join Conor McGahey in the radio booth for some games this season.
  • Don’t forget the Colorado Eagles either. Lots of good prospects will be playing there, and fans are allowed back into the stands. No vax proof required either.

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Karl Keen

I live in far southern CO, I’ve never had an package, but I noticed last year on their free games, that the game was not blacked out for my IP address. Does anyone have any insight if this same logic would apply if I got ESPN +?


Depends on your I.P. address. Looks like even Southern Colorado is blacked out on ESPN+. You can enter your zip code with the link below:

Last edited 1 year ago by ricoflashback
Karl Keen

Thank you for the reply! Appreciate it!


don’t count on it – I live in North Idaho and the games are still blacked out – it’s considered REGIONAL – totally blows.

From the tool rico provided…

Team blackouts for 83864

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Seattle Kraken
  • Vegas Golden Knights
Last edited 1 year ago by idavsfan

Wow – that is ridiculous. How does the NHL expect to grow by these blackouts? I guess they want everyone to pony up for NHL Center Ice. But do the same rules apply? If you live in Idaho, I would think you could get all the teams. There is no NHL team in the state of Idaho so why wouldn’t that be considered “out of market?”


yes the blackout rules still apply – thank the internet for VPN

Karl Keen

Thank you for the reply! Appreciate it!


Dater – I speak only for myself… I would love to have your voice on ALT SR. The Fan never really has the Avs Fan in mind – as you know. Love that your voice is trying to reach someone on that side; however, can we lobby / work even a small deal for you at the station that talks ALL sports? I see some of you guys “retweeting” each other, kindly…. I am not on social media, I am just a “free lurker”! Nonetheless, you have my money here – so I can have your voice regardless of ALT… Read more »

Yan Girard

I don’t have to show proof of vaccination to attend Avs games at Ball Arena but I must show proof of vaccination to leave Canada. F..k Trudeau 🙁


I guess I need to check and make sure I’m logged in when clicking links to the site. Some of those popup ads, and overall number of ads on the site were pretty overwhelming. I didn’t realize how much cleaner and easier to read it is once I’m logged in!


That general snus add though….debilitating. It was a 29 dollar subscription or a 150 dollar therapy session.

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