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Colorado Avalanche

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Avalanche Corner

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Colorado Avalanche play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Minnesota Wild, the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.  Avalanche tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.

Colorado Avalanche 2014-2015 Outlook

They lost Paul Stastny to free agency, but replaced him with future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla, which is close to a wash. They traded P.A. Parenteau to Montreal for Danny Briere and lost backup goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere to retirement. And they named Joe Sakic the new GM while demoting Greg Sherman, which was shocking because everybody sort of assumed they had already done that last year.

Also, everyone on the roster got older. That’s not exactly breaking news, since the same could be said for every team, but it seems especially important in Colorado’s case, because this is a team led by an extremely young core. Guys like Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O’Reilly, and Gabriel Landeskog should all still be improving with each year that goes by. If this team of kids racked up 112 points last year, how much better could they be this year?


The Colorado Avalanche franchise was originally founded in 1972 in Quebec, Canada as part of the World Hockey Association (WHA).  The franchise was one of the more successful members of the WHA, winning the Avco World Trophy in 1977 and reaching the WHA finals in 1975.  Because of the Quebec Nordiques success in the WHA, in 1979, the NHL awarded expansion franchises to the Quebec Nordiques and 3 other WHA teams – the Edmonton Oilers, the Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers.  The franchise kept the Quebec Nordiques team name even after it joined the ranks of the NHL.  As an NHL team, the Quebec Nordiques achieved very little success.  From 1979 through 1995, the Quebec Nordiques won 40 games in a season only 4 times and finished first in the Adams Division only once in 1986.  The Quebec Nordiques advanced to the Wales Conference Finals twice in 1982 and 1985, but the team never advanced to a Stanley Cup Finals series. 

Quebec City was the smallest market in the league and the team struggled financially.  In 1995, the COMSAT Entertainment Group purchased the franchise and moved the team to Denver, Colorado where the franchise has thrived.  Within days of the announcement of the sale, the franchise sold 12,000 season tickets and the team became known as the Colorado Avalanche.  In its first season in Denver, the Colorado Avalanche won 47 games good for 104 points and won the Pacific Division, finishing with the 2nd best points total in the Western Conference.  The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and the 1995 Presidents’ Trophy Champion Detroit Red Wings en route to the franchise’s first ever Stanly Cup Finals.  The Colorado Avalanche swept the Florida Panthers 4-0 to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Trophy.  The Colorado Avalanche won the franchise’s 2nd Stanley Cup trophy following the 2000-2001 NHL season by defeating the defending champion New Jersey Devils in a hotly contested 7-game series.    

The Colorado Avalanche have retired the following players’ numbers:  Patrick Roy’s #33; Ray Bourque’s #77; and Wayne Gretzky’s #99 (retired league-wide by the NHL on February 6, 2000).

Colorado Avalanche TV/Radio

All Colorado Avalanche hockey games can be seen on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment television network in the greater Denver area.  ESPN has television rights to Colorado Avalanche hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Colorado Avalanche flagship station Mile High Sports Radio KCKK 1510 on your AM dial to catch each Colorado Avalanche hockey game on the radio.

Pepsi Center

The Colorado Avalanche play their home games at the Pepsi Center.  EnergySolutions Arena opened in 1999 and was part of a 6-year sports venue overhaul in the city of Denver.  Along with the construction of the Pepsi Center, the community also supported the construction of Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball and Invesco Field for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.  Pepsi purchased the naming rights to the venue as part of its construction in 1999.  In addition to hosting Colorado Avalanche NHL home games, the Pepsi Center also hosts all of the home professional basketball games for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association, all of the home professional football games for the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League, and all of the home professional lacrosse games for the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League.  The Pepsi Center has a seating capacity of 18,007 devoted die-hard Colorado Avalanche fans.  The Pepsi Center has hosted numerous memorable events and concerts during its short existence including the 2001 NHL All-Star Game, the 2001 NHL Final, the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, the 2007 Men’s NCAA Frozen Four West Regional and the 2008 Men’s NCAA Frozen Four Championships.  From 2004 through 2006, the Pepsi Center hosted the Men’s NCAA Mountain West Conference college basketball tournament and the Pepsi Center hosted the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament in both 2004 and 2008.

Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, Colorado 80204

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