ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 18 - In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 photo, Greg Ralph, vice president of sales and marketing at Purgatory Resort, talks about some of his favorite skis on that are in his office at the ski resort in Durango, Colo.  Ralph, who averages 80 ski days a year, has skied at nearly all resorts in six states: Colorado, California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico, as well as major resorts in Canada. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

“Surfers aren’t the friendliest, most encouraging people toward beginners,” said Ralph, who grew up in Southern California. “It’s sort of that ‘my wave’ mentality, and I always seemed to be jumping on the wrong wave in front of the wrong guy, so I didn’t get the warmest welcome from the surf crowd.”

In this undated photo provided by Regis University, Nathaniel Pryor, left, is shown with other American soldiers on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Pryor has joined with other soldiers to participate in a panel series of talks taking place through April 2017 called "Stories From Wartime," at Regis University in northwest Denver. (Nathaniel Pryor/Regis University via AP)

“I hadn’t vocalized a lot of the things I had (happen) while I was deployed, outside of my family and a few friends. And being able to just go and talk about it and pour your guts out. It gives people a chance to try and fathom these things. That’s the thing with war, unless you’ve gone or have been in the military, you just don’t know. So by telling our stories, where we’ve been, what we’ve done — and giving it with a bit of an edge, exactly what happened, and not sugar coating it. People get more a firsthand account of what it’s actually like to be deployed.”

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96), of Finland, is congratulated by Nikita Zadorov (16), of Russia, Mark Barberio, right, and Nathan MacKinnon (29) following Rantanen's goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during overtime in an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Colorado won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

“I thought tonight’s game was our most complete game of the road trip,” said Colorado coach Jared Bednar, whose team had had a 2-0 loss at Buffalo on Thursday night. “I loved our first period. We had lots of jump. We actually had a lot of guys on our bench who said they felt pretty good, that they had some good legs.”