Colorado Avalanche: A look at the Past and Future
The Colorado Avalanche have been a team in the Western Conference since they were the Quebec Nordiques. They moved to Denver, Colorado during the 1994-95 season. Canada had lost one of their franchises. The Nordiques had been around since 1979. It didn’t take the Avalanche long to make an impact on the NHL. In 1996, they swept the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Finals to win their franchise-first Stanley Cup.
The Avalanche had a great rivalry in the 90’s with the Detroit Red Wings. When these two teams got together fans knew they were in for a game like no other. These games had many fights and goals. The two teams down right hated each other. In hockey, fans rarely see goalie fights but between these two it happened quite often. There has never been a rivalry like this since.
In 2013, they brought back legendary goalie Patrick Roy back as a head coach. Most Avalanche fans thought he would bring back the glory to the team when he was a player. The opposite happened and three years after he took over he decided to leave the team. The Colorado Avalanche have been in a rebuilding mode for a while now. Things are beginning to look up. This past year, they qualified for the playoffs defeating by the St. Louis Blues on the last day of the season. The Avs would lose to the Nashville Predators in five games but made strides as a team.
If the Avalanche continues the path they’re on they will once again be a staple in the Western Conference. The Avs will have to be sharp with the addition of the upstart Las Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year but were defeated by the Washington Capitals.
The Colorado Avalanche have one of the coolest looking logos in all the NHL. The Avalanche is shaped like an A on the front of their jersey and they have the foot of the bigfoot on one of their shoulders.
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