Somber Broncos Fans Fill Bleachers As Avalanche Open Camp

January 13, 2013 4:50 PM

Somber Broncos Fans Fill Bleachers As Avalanche Open Camp
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The fans crammed into the bleachers and lined one side of the ice rink, waiting for the Colorado Avalanche to take the ice.

Maybe they were there to simply catch a glimpse of the Avalanche during their first official practice since the lockout was lifted.

Or maybe they filled the tiny facility on Sunday because it was a way to forget – at least for a moment – the Denver Broncos’ stinging loss the day before to Baltimore that ended a promising season and sent the city into a somber mood.

Either way, the players were sure appreciative. A little shocked even, when they were greeted by cheers as they stepped out of the locker room and onto the ice.

They expected maybe a handful of fans to show up. Just nothing like this.

“For us to go out there and see a full barn, wow, that’s exciting,” defenseman Shane O’Brien said after a two-hour practice. “It’s a good feeling "

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