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Avalanche Stars Chat With Old Teammate In YouTube Series



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Technically hockey is still being played for one more day, as Development Camp for the Colorado Avalanche continues on Friday, but this next story is very much an off-season one, so be warned.

Remember Pierre-Edouard Bellemare? The veteran forward spent two seasons with the Avalanche, and was a fantastic interview in the locker room. He’s smart, well spoken, and genuinely hilarious. His wife, Hannah, has a YouTube series called “Cooking With NHL Players” where she teaches people how to pair food and wine, and does so while having other NHL players over for dinner. In her most recent episode, she had Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen over for dinner, and it was a pretty entertaining watch.

In the episode, you get to see the three NHL players just have fun chatting about various different topics, while Hannah teaches all of them about why they’re pairing the specific wine with the food. It’s a different side of the players that you don’t always get to see on a regular basis. You learn about how Mikko Rantanen is building a new home back in Finland, and some of his favorite meals. Bellemare asks the two Avalanche forwards about the locker room remodel at Ball Arena and recalls how he used to catch his old teammates doing some unsanitary things because of the old setup. He also discusses some of the contract offers he had to decide on over the course of his NHL career, which didn’t start until he was 29. You’ll also see MacKinnon discuss potentially becoming a father in the future.

Considering we’re about to enter the abyss of the summer, where we aren’t likely to get much in terms of hockey news, I figured it was worth posting. You get to see how these guys are away from the rink, and might learn a thing or two about pairing food and wine. I’ve been to wine country a few times myself and found the 20 minute episode pretty entertaining.

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Thanks Evan ~ I enjoy stories w/links like this for the personal side of the players

Bob Neal

Good for you Evan. I always like these kinds of stories.

Karl Keen

Thanks Evan! Great coverage all week despite the holiday! I was surprised that Mikko didn’t fall over every time Nate slapped him in the chest or arm (I kid!). Video shows that Mikko and Nate do have a bond. A little surprised to see that Nate and Mikko were barely finding out why PEB didn’t resign with CO now, like three years later particularly when they seemed to respect him in locker-room and as a friend. Nate’s “that sucks” comment give some insight into how he is. On one hand shows he understands it a business and that he is… Read more »


It came across as he already knew the reasoning was the Avs not wanting to give Bellemare 2 years. The way he asked the question was more in the sense of hey was there more at play? Or was it simply the term offered. I didn’t really feel it was an immature response. Not really sure how else he could’ve responded? As for the captaincy thing. I can appreciate that he doesn’t want it, & has said as much. Too often teams just stick the C on the best player. Which can be more of a burden & to the… Read more »


I haven’t watched this one yet but they did one earlier with Ross Colton and Reilly Smith, kind of an unlikely pair until you remember that Belly played with Smith in Vegas and Colton in Tampa.

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