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Colorado Avalanche
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1972
History Quebec Nordiques
1972–1979 (WHA)
19791995 (NHL)
Colorado Avalanche
1995–present
Home arena Pepsi Center
City Denver, Colorado
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Colors Burgundy, blue, silver, black
                   
Media Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Altitude 950
Altitude Sports 92.5
Owner(s) Ann Walton Kroenke
General manager Joe Sakic
Head coach Jared Bednar
Captain Gabriel Landeskog
Minor league affiliates Colorado Eagles (AHL)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 2 (1995–96, 2000–01)
Conference championships 2 (1995–96, 2000–01)
Presidents' Trophies 2 (1996–97, 2000–01)
Division championships 9 (1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2013–14)

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Central Division of the Western Conference. The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center, which they share with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

The Avalanche were founded in 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques and were one of the charter franchises of the World Hockey Association. The franchise joined the NHL in 1979 as a result of the NHL–WHA merger. Following the 1994–95 season, they were sold to the COMSAT Entertainment Group and relocated to Denver.

In the club's first season in Denver, the Avalanche won the Pacific Division and went on to sweep the Florida Panthers in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in the season following a relocation. Among teams in the major North American professional sports leagues, only the National Football League (NFL)'s Washington Redskins have also accomplished the feat. This was the first major professional sports championship a Denver-based team brought to the city.

In the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, the Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 to win their second and most recent championship. As a result, they are the only active NHL team that has won all of its Stanley Cup Final appearances.

The Avalanche have won nine division titles (including their first eight in a row in Denver, the longest such streak in NHL history) and qualified for the playoffs in each of their first ten seasons in Denver; this streak ended in 2007.

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