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Member story: Jozef from Slovakia

Member story: Jozef from SlovakiaIn its 10th season, Eurolanche introduces its members thru the regular weekly series "Member stories".

Jozef Illes, 33, lives in Vranov nad Toplou, Slovakia. He is a businessman and owns two e-shops and one shop in his hometown. He is selling clothing, shoes and sporting goods, especially fitness products, as he is a huge fan of sports in general. He mainly watches ice hockey, football and tennis. He’s been following the NHL since 1994. His most favorite player was goalkeeper Patrick Roy. His unexpected trade to Colorado in late 1995 was the reason why he became an Avalanche fan. 

“My biggest dream was to travel to Denver in person and attend an Avalanche game in the Pepsi Center. It came true in 2016, when I joined the Eurolanche Invasion VIII. It was one of the best experiences in my life. It was something I’ll never forget,” said Jozef. 

For Jozef, there are many special memories from the Invasion VIII. Seeing the Alumni Game a day before the Stadium Series game against the Red Wings in Denver with legends on both sides of the ice was probably one of, if not the best memories. In-personal meetings with current and former Avalanche players were also very interesting and memorable; like for example with Peter Forsberg. All participants of the Eurolanche Invasion went home with valuable souvenirs – mostly photos and autographs. “I’ve been a part of the Eurolanche family since 2013. I can only hope that I will eventually be able to join another Invasion in the foreseeable future,” said Jozef.

Jozef has a lot of hobbies and activities. He does many sports, especially football, table tennis, tennis and chess; his favorite activities further include swimming, diving, cycling, skating and running. In 2013, he started to run and train. Then he started to attend various running competitions, especially extreme obstacle races. He mostly likes two very famous competitions – the Spartan Race and the Predator Race. He finished 2nd at the most difficult Spartan Races in Europe. Last year, it was the European Championship (31 km, 45 obstacles) and this year, in 2016, it was the Ultra Beast (50 km, 75 obstacles). “Right now, I’m preparing for my first marathon. It’s hard, but I believe that I can make it,” concluded Jozef., Worldwide,
19/12/2016 - 19:30


NHL on Nov 11, 2017: "Eurolanche is the world's largest Colorado Avalanche fan club."