25 Facts About Colorado Avalanche


Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver.

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Colorado Avalanche progressed to the playoffs, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Presidents' Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals, all in six games.

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The Colorado Avalanche are the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup their first season after a relocation, and only the second team to win a championship their first season after a relocation in any of the four major North American sports leagues, following the NFL's Washington Commanders.

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The Colorado Avalanche met the two lowest scorers of the Western Conference in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers, defeating them in six and five games, respectively.

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Under the collective agreement in place at the time between the NHL and NHL Players' Association, the Colorado Avalanche had one week to match the Rangers' offer or let go of Sakic.

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Colorado Avalanche sent 10 players representing seven countries, as well as head coach Marc Crawford representing Canada, to the 1998 Winter Olympics ice hockey tournament in Nagano, Japan.

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However, Colorado Avalanche lost in the Conference Finals against the Dallas Stars in a seven games after defeating the Phoenix Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings in five games.

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Colorado Avalanche's success came amid considerable turmoil in the front office.

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Colorado Avalanche had the league's lowest goals conceded: 169, an average of 2.

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The Colorado Avalanche made the Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season, meeting the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs for the fifth time in seven years.

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The team's playoff spot seemed in doubt at one point, but the Colorado Avalanche managed to finish with 105 points, ahead of the Vancouver Canucks by one.

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The race to the title was exciting, namely the second-to-last game of the season, as the Colorado Avalanche needed to win the game to stay in the race, and Milan Hejduk scored with ten seconds left in overtime to defeat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

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The Colorado Avalanche sent an league-leading 11 players from eight countries.

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The Colorado Avalanche missed the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

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The following month, top scorer Ryan Smyth was traded to the Los Angeles Kings and Joe Sakic, the only team captain the Colorado Avalanche had ever known, retired after 21 seasons in the NHL.

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The Colorado Avalanche started the season off strong until the Olympic break.

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The Colorado Avalanche fell in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in six games.

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Colorado Avalanche was hired just a month before the opening of training camp, and thus had nowhere near enough time to install his own system.

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Colorado Avalanche was unable to bring his own staff, having to make do with holdovers from Roy's staff.

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From Ottawa, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Andrew Hammond, Shane Bowers, a 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 third-round pick.

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Additionally, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and a 2018 second-round pick from the Predators.

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The Colorado Avalanche matched up with the league-leading Predators in the first round.

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Colorado Avalanche logo is composed by a burgundy letter A with snow wrapped around, similar to an avalanche, in the shape of the letter C There is a hockey puck in the lower–right end of the snow and a steel blue oval on the background.

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The Colorado Avalanche revealed a new color scheme for their pants and helmets, with black replaced by steel blue.

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Colorado Avalanche hold an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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