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Nathan MacKinnon has gained Patrick Roy's trust

Avalanche rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon, 18, is earning the trust of head coach Patrick Roy....

Avalanche rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon, 18, is earning the trust of head coach Patrick Roy. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

One of the aspects that makes watching a game at the Bell Centre a bucket list item for a hockey fan is the crowd itself.

The reactions of what are often characterized as the most passionate and knowledgable fans around -- I'd say they're at least as knowledgeable in just about every Canadian city and a couple of American ones, too -- can tell the story of the game.

So it was Tuesday night when Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon came down the ice the first couple of times, flying through the neutral zone and pulling up at one point just short of getting creamed by Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban.

Good vision, apparently. That drew an "oohh," from the crowd.

He showed off his hands and his ability to twist and turn before scoring the game's first goal and the admiring murmur from the crowd -- mixed with a tinge of "uh-oh" -- showed the fans were impressed.

You can apparently add most of the 21,273 at the Bell Centre to a growing list.


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