Former Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer started his first career outdoor game as the Colorado Avalanche took on the Los Angeles Kings at Falcon Stadium.
“It’s been marked on the calendar since we got the schedule. Super exciting coming out here,” Grubauer said. “I think it’s an incredible experience and I think we’re really lucky.”
During the Avalanche’s practice outdoors, Grubauer rocked a GoPro and the footage is incredible.
The NHL also posted some raw footage from Grubauer’s GoPro on their Twitter account.
Check out the @Avalanche's outdoor practice through the 👀of Philipp Grubauer.
— NHL (@NHL) February 15, 2020
“Can’t see anything,” Grubauer can be heard saying as the sun shines brightly onto the ice. “I didn’t see one single shot they just took.”
The rest of the video shows off Grubauer’s kindness as he compliments his teammates as they score on him.
Grubauer had a special mask painted for game. It features a yeti painted on the side.
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It is with great joy we unleash the Stadium 2020 mask for my buddy Philipp Grubauer😊. On one side it is a totally action packed creation. It is a tribute to the AirForce Academy🛫👊🏻… The mask is transformed into a fighter jet in full speed💨, and the fighter pilot is mr Yeti❄️ himself from the Rocky Mountains🏔… And hey wow, Mr Yeti is flying fast👊🏻, his helmet is hanging in the straps… On the other side the mask is the totally opposite🔄, a clean and calm retro design with the beautiful Stadium jersey logo💪🏻. The creation is also equipped with The DaveArt 4-D Experience✨… The 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union #StadiumSeries Game is at @af_academy 🛫 . Be ready on Saturday at 8 ET on @nhlonnbcsports & @sportsnet 📺. As the paint nerd I am🤓, this storyteller bucket was such a fun paint adventure ride. Thanks Philipp🙏🏻! @philippgrubauer31 @coloradoavalanche #DaveArt @nhl #DaveArtFamily #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtFantasyUnleashed @bauergoalie
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Earlier in the week, Grubauer posed for a photo with fellow former Capital Andre Burakovsky in front of the rink.
“We played on the pond a couple times growing up (in Germany) when it was cold enough,” Grubauer added. “No games like this so this is really unique and really special. It doesn’t happen too many times your career so I think everybody has to soak it in. We need to make sure it’s a good memory by winning the game.”
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