Colorado Avalanche Logo – Colorado Avalanche are a professional team of ice hockey in the United States, located in Denver (Colorado). It was founded in 1995 following the transfer of the previous franchise, the Quebec Nordiques, and in his first season of existence managed to take over the Stanley Cup. During the years 1990 Colorado was one of the rulers of the championship, and currently holds the record for victories in consecutive Division (nine from 1995 to 2003). The team plays in the National Hockey League framed in the Northwest Division.
The team was welcomed in the new city, and his first game was at the McNichols Sports Arena on October 6 of 1995 against the Detroit Red Wings team that later became one of its main rivals in the league. His first stars were Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, coached by Pierre Lacroix as CEO and Marc Crawford as coach. In December, the club signed goalkeeper Patrick Roy, from Montreal Canadiens, who became Sakic with one of the banners of the first team in Denver.
Avalanche finished the 1995-96 regular season with a record of 47 victories, winning the Pacific Division and being second in the Western Conference. After defeating the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs, Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup to Florida Panthers after winning the tie 4-0 in best of 7 games. In addition, Joe Sakic won the Conn Smythe Trophy credited him as the best player of the season.