Originally posted on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 11/6/11

DENVER - JANUARY 16: Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche and Mark Fraser #2 of the New Jersey Devils engage in a fight resulting in a five minute major penalty for each of them during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on January 16, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Devils 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center wraps up “Father’s Weekend” for the Avalanche. The NHL players and their fathers traveled to Dallas on Thursday for Friday’s 7-6 overtime loss against the Stars and have spent the rest of the weekend together in Denver. Unfortunately for 24-year-old defenseman Ryan Wilson, who might be Colorado’s MVP thus far, he is still mourning the loss of his father and stepfather. His father, Gary Wilson, died of a heart attack at age 43 in 2003, and his stepfather, Barry Hall, died of cancer at age 45 in 2008. Ryan Wilson was 16 and 21, respectively, at the time of those deaths, and has gone from an undrafted free agent to one of the most respected, and perhaps feared, middleweight defenseman in the Western Conference, if not the entire NHL. “A big hit at the right time can change the momentum of the game, depending on the situation, and that, coupled with the fact that he’s a steady player defensively right now, makes him a very im...
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