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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.

2021-22 Avalanche Are the Best Team in Franchise History

Although the 2021-22 edition of the Colorado Avalanche just missed out on collecting a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy, their play this season has warranted comparisons to the heralded 2000-01 outfit. That year’s team held the previous franchise record for wins and points in a single campaign, both broken by the current collection of Avalanche talent. On top of their regular-season excellence, the 2021-22 group claimed the third Stanley Cup in franchise history, conquering the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Final, a team looking to cement their legacy as a modern-day dynasty with three consecutive titles. It’s impossible to fully compare…

Avalanche Ticket Prices Surged After the Stanley Cup Win

They say Colorado isn’t a big hockey market. Ball Arena, the Colorado Avalanche’s home stadium (which they share with the Denver Nuggets), has a capacity of 21,000 seats. For most Avs games, around 18,000 of them are filled. While the Avalanche are the only team in NHL history to win every single one of their Stanley Cup Final appearances, the 2021-2022 season’s victory came at a cost, literally. After Gabriel Landeskog and the gang hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup in Tampa Bay, the market responded in a way that transcends hockey and sports: ticket prices surged. Following the victory, season ticket…

Avalanche’s Rantanen on Verge of Special Season

A lot of the talk around the Colorado Avalanche has been focused on the multitude of injuries the team has had to endure through the first half of the season. However, one player that hasn’t missed a game is putting up a fantastic season in the middle of all that chatter about who hasn’t been available. Mikko Rantanen is having the best offensive season of his career, sitting third in the NHL in goals with 34. Only Connor McDavid (41) and David Pastrnak (38) have more. He’s played in all 48 of Colorado’s games and is one of just five…

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Matt Duchene Trade Analyzed

At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, expectations were high for the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators. The Predators were just coming off of their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final and the Senators were one goal away from meeting them there, taking the Pittsburgh Penguins to game…

 

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