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|Colors:||Burgundy, blue, silver & black|
|Hall of Famers:||Jari Kurri, Ray Bourque, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsburg, & Patrick Roy|
|Hall of Fame Builders:||None|
|Rivals:||Detroit Red Wings|
|Legends:||Jari Kurri, Ray Bourque, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsburg, Patrick Roy, Uwe Krupp, Claude Lemieux, Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake, Milan Hejduk & Adam Foote|
|Retired Numbers:||19, 21, 23, 33, 52 & 77|
|Stanley Cup Titles:||2: 1995/96 & 2000/01|
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Founded in 1972, originally known as the Quebec Nordiques, and playing in the World Hockey Association (WHA), where the club won a league final in 1977.
In 1979, the Nordiques joined the National Hockey League (NHL), the club would initially do well in the league, consistently making playoffs year after year. This was not to last though, with the Nordiques experiencing a terrible string of failed seasons from 1987-1992.
The culmination of their failures was such that they were granted consecutive number 1 draft picks, which the club would use to great effect, strengthening their roster, and returning them to their winning ways.
The Quebec based club moved to Colorado in 1995 and were renamed to the Avalanche by their acquirers, telecommunications group COMSAT. The deal was the result of financial issues stemming from the lack of market interest in Quebec, where the club had struggled to sustain itself despite their successes in the league.
In their first season in Denver, the Avs managed to win their first major trophy, the Stanley Cup, becoming the only team to win the cup in their first year of expansion.
The Avs had a strong season that year, which saw them finish 1st in the Pacific division and 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 47-25-10, however, during the playoffs, the Avs were dominant, winning each match 4-2, before clean sweeping the Florida Panthers 4-0 in the final.
While there were many stars in the 1995/96 team, including the likes of Hall of Famers, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy, it was Joe Sakic who spearheaded the campaign, scoring 34 points in a string of legendary playoff performances, cementing himself as the greatest player to play for the club.
Iconic not only for winning the championship that year, the 1995/96 season is also synonymous with the birth of the Avs rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings, which was the fiercest rivalry in the league at the time.
Over the next few years the Avalanche would remain dominant during the regular season, finishing 1st in the division year after year but missing out on the Stanley Cup finals each time.
During all this domestic success, there was a lot going on behind closed doors with the management of the club. The ownership of the Avalanche changed hands multiple times over these years, eventually ending up in the hands of Denver real estate tycoon Stan Kroenke, in a deal worth half a billion dollars.
In the season that followed Kroenkes’ acquisition, the 2000-01 campaign would be the most successful in the history of the Colorado Avalanche. Finishing the regular season with a record of 52–16–10–4, an all time club high.
The Avs proceeded to breeze through the playoff quarterfinals 4-0, in the semi-finals the Avalanche almost blew a 3-1 lead against the Los Angeles Kings, winning in 7.
After a convincing 4-1 win over the St Louis Blues in the Western Conference finals, the Avs would meet reigning Stanley Cup champions, the New Jersey Devils in the final. The final would take all 7 games to decide the winner, with the Avalanche beating the Devils 3-1 in the final game to lift the trophy.
The Avalanche remained competitive in the years that followed the 2000/01 campaign, winning the division title for the next two seasons, setting the NHL record for consecutive division title wins by doing so.
After the cancelation of the 2004/05 season, the NHL returned with a salary cap in place, forcing the Avs to move on some of their star players. The Avalanche failed to achieve the same success they had become accustomed to in the late 1990s and early 2000s, finishing mostly around the middle of the table, and never going far in the playoffs.
In 2009, Joe Sakic announced his retirement from NHL, ending a 21 year career with the Nordiques / Avalanche. Sakic remains the greatest player to represent the club, captaining the team to two Stanley Cup titles. Following his retirement, Sakic immediately moved into a managerial position within the club, serving as an adviser to operations.
The 2010s didn’t see the Avs experience much more success than the previous decade, after a terrible 2012/13 season, club legend Patrick Roy was announced as the new head coach.
The Avs would go on to finish 1st in the division in the following year, with a record of 52-22-8, however, they would slip back into mediocrity immediately after, failing to qualify for playoffs the following 3 seasons.
Patrick Roy resigned as coach in 2016, with Jared Bednar announced as his replacement. Bednars’ timing was very unfortunate, with the start of the season not far away and little time to set the team up the way he had envisioned. The Avs went on to record their worst ever campaign, finishing the year with a record of 22-56-4, and only 48 points.
In the recent years following that disappointing season, the Avalanche have improved dramatically, making the playoffs each year, and managing a 2nd place division finish in the most recent campaign, proving Bednar is the right man for the job.
If you are a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 season. Do the Colorado Avalanche have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and finals in 2021? Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Colorado Avalanche.
Jared Bednar returns for his 5th season as the Avalanche head coach, and after consecutive playoff appearances in his last 3 seasons, he will be expecting the 2020/21 campaign to be no different.
Boasting 20 years of coaching experience, mostly in lower leagues, Bednar has experienced his fair share of success, having won the ECHL as the coach of the Stingrays, as well as a Calder Cup victory in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Bednars’ first coaching role in the NHL was with the Avalanche in 2016/17, since then he has amassed a coaching record of 145-136-35, which is not the strongest, however it is tarnished by his debut season when the Avs went 22-56-4 for the year.
With an extremely talented roster of players at his disposal, the future appears very bright for Bednars’ Avalanche team, having improved dramatically since 2016, the 2020/21 season should be one of their best in recent times.
If the Avs are going to compete this season, then it will be thanks in no small part to the performances of Nathan MacKinnon. Coming off the back of a solid regular season, and a dominant playoffs performance which saw him net 25 points while not making it past the second round, MacKinnon looks set for another great year.
Finishing the 2019/20 season with 35 goals and 58 assists, MacKinnon recorded the 5th highest points across the league (93), his third consecutive season scoring upwards of 90 points.
At only 25 years old, MacKinnon is already one of the best players in the league, and with the talent surrounding him at the Avs, the ceiling is very high for him.
MacKinnon is not only a very physical player, but also very fast, which makes him a massive threat offensively when combined with his keen eye for a pass. Already a very complete centre, if MacKinnon can perform in future playoffs how he did in the 2019/20 postseason, then the Avs are in very safe hands.
The 2020 Calder Memorial trophy recipient, Cale Makar, seems the obvious choice for the Avs next most important player heading into the 2020/21 season.
The trophy was well deserved by Makar, who enjoyed a debut season which saw him leading the NHL for rookie defenseman in goals with 12, 4 of which were game winning goals.
With 38 assists to his name, Makar was also 2nd in the league for assists from rookie defenseman. His debut season was capped off by an impressive postseason, where Makar scored 15 points across 15 playoff matches.
At only 22 years old, Makar has announced himself as one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the league, with many already touting him as a chance to win the Norris trophy should he perform at the same level as he did in 2019/20.
In an Avalanche team which is stacked in every other position, Makar holds down the title of the team’s strongest defenceman and should do so for many years to come.
Following their 92 point, 42 win, 20 loss and 8 overtime loss 2019/20 season, the Colorado Avalanche finished 2nd in the Central Division and 2nd in the Western Conference.
Ahead of the 2021 season, the Avalanche are the second favourite to win the West Division at +250, and the +900 equal third favourite to win the Stanley Cup.
The Avalanche have moved into the West Division for the 2020/21 season, their biggest competition in this division is last season’s Central Divisions winner, the St Louis Blues, and Pacific Division winners, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Considering the great season that the Avs, Blues and Knights all had in 2019/20, the outright winner is hard to pick, with all of the 3 teams having a good chance.
When comparing the squads of all the teams in the West Division, the Avs appear to have the strongest team on paper, however that does not always translate to having the best season.
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Where do the Colorado Avalanche play?
The Colorado Avalanche play their home games at Ball Arena.
Who owns the Colorado Avalanche?
The Colorado Avalanche are owned by Stan Kroenke.
Have the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup?
The Colorado Avalanche have won two Stanley Cup titles.
Who is the Colorado Avalanche general manager?
Joe Sakic is the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche.
Do the Colorado Avalanche play tonight?
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What is the Colorado Avalanche record?
The Colorado Avalanche had a 42-20-8 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2019-20 NHL season.
Did the Colorado Avalanche win last night?
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How much are the Colorado Avalanche worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Colorado Avalanche are worth $465 million.
Who do the Colorado Avalanche play tonight?
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How to watch the Colorado Avalanche?
You can watch the Colorado Avalanche games on TV channels like Fox Sports East and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.
Will the Colorado Avalanche make the playoffs this year?
It is not known if the Colorado Avalanche will make the playoffs this year, however, last year they finished 2nd in the Central division, losing in the second round of playoffs to the Stars (3-4).
Will the Colorado Avalanche get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?
The Colorado Avalanche selected Justin Barron with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL draft.
When do the Colorado Avalanche play?
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Where did the Colorado Avalanche finish this season?
In the 2019/20 NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche finished 2nd in the Central division and 2nd in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Colorado Avalanche win?
The Colorado Avalanche won 42 games in the 2019/20 NHL season.
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