Colorado Avalanche facts for kids
|Home arena||Pepsi Center|
|Colors||Burgundy, blue, silver, black
|Media||Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Altitude Sports 92.5
|Owner(s)||Ann Walton Kroenke|
|General manager||Joe Sakic|
|Head coach||Jared Bednar|
|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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Patrick Roy played for the Avalanche from 1995 to 2003.
In 1997, the Avalanche matched an offer sheet on Joe Sakic, instigating salary raises throughout the NHL.
The Pepsi Center opened as the Avalanche's new home arena in 1999.
The Avalanche signed Ryan Smyth prior to the 2007–08 season.
Adam Foote was the team captain for the Avalanche from 2009 to 2011.
Three of the six banners for numbers retired by the Colorado Avalanche hanging at Pepsi Center.
Recording 86 assists, Peter Forsberg holds the Avalanche's franchise record for most assists in a single season.
Scoring 805 points as an Avalanche, Milan Hejduk is the franchise's fourth highest all-time points leader.
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