Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Oct 7, 2011 11:30 PM by Jordan Mason

Avs rookie eager to play 1st game

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - For his NHL debut, Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has a few family members flying in from Sweden.

Oh, and his boyhood idol, too. Only that's just a coincidence.

On the night when Landeskog launches his career, former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg will be in the building to have his sweater retired.

That's why the butterflies are already brewing for Landeskog. He's nervous enough about taking the ice for his inaugural faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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