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Like several other franchises, the Colorado Avalanche began as a World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise, the Quebec Nordiques, for the 1972-73 season. They won one WHA championship (1977) prior to joining the NHL for the 1979-80 season. The Nordiques had moderate success in the NHL, making the playoffs nine times in their 16 seasons; however, they fell short of advancing past the conference finals. Following the 1994-95 season, mounting financial struggles led to the team being sold and relocated to Denver, Colorado, where they became known as the Avalanche. The Avalanche found immediate success by winning the Stanley Cup in their first season after relocation and captured another championship in 2001. More recently, the team won its third Stanley Cup in 2022.

Colorado Avalanche’s 2023-24 Team Awards

As the Colorado Avalanche shifts their hard work and focus toward the Stanley Cup playoffs, fans are still prepared to discuss regular-season NHL awards. Nathan MacKinnon might have lost out on the Art Ross race, but he’s still a likely candidate for the Hart Trophy, and Cale Makar is in a tight race with Vancouver Canuck Quinn Hughes for the Norris Trophy. Other than that, no Avalanche is expected to win any hardware. So, here’s a look at which NHL awards Avalanche players would win if the league awarded them to each team instead of one player in the league…

Avalanche’s 3 Keys to Playoff Success Against the Jets in Round 1

Don’t look now, but the start of the 2024 NHL Playoffs (April 20) is just around the corner. The Colorado Avalanche are staring down a first-round match-up with the Winnipeg Jets to kick off the postseason, with the Jets carrying home-ice advantage by virtue of finishing second in the Central Division. The Jets also swept the season series (3-0-0) and outscored the Avalanche 17-4 over those three games, punctuated by a recent 7-0 drubbing on Apr. 13. The Avalanche have a number of combinations to choose from when it comes to playoff lines, though a recent run of poor results…

Colorado Avalanche’s Pavel Francouz Announces Retirement

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz announced his retirement from the NHL on Friday. Francouz missed the entire season due to a lower-body injury and returned to his native Czechia with his family. The 33-year-old’s impact on the Avalanche was great despite making just 64 starts and 73 appearances for the team over four seasons. He was a member of the club as they grew and developed into the one that won the Stanley Cup during the 2021-2022 season; he played a pivotal part in the run while serving as a reliable backup goaltender at other times. Francouz’s History and Impact…

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Avalanche FAQ

What year were the Colorado Avalanche founded?

The Colorado Avalanche began as a World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise, the Quebec Nordiques, for the 1972-73 season.

When did the Colorado Avalanche play their first game?

They played their first NHL game (as the Quebec Nordiques) on Oct. 10, 1979, a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Flames. 

Who is the current head coach of the Colorado Avalanche?

Jared Bednar is the current head coach for the Colorado Avalanche.