The Colorado Avalanche have been a part of the NHL since 1979, when they went by the
name of the Quebec Nordiques. In 1995, the team moved to Colorado and became the
Colorado Avalanche. They currently play in the Western Conference and in the northwestern
division. The team has had a good amount of success, especially since their move to
Colorado. Those who buy seasonal Colorado Avalanche Tickets have seen their team claim
eight division titles, two Presidents' trophies, two Conference titles, and two Stanley Cups.
The two most successful seasons for the Colorado Avalanche tickets holders have been 1995-
96 and 2000-01 when they completed the double of Conference and Stanley Cup titles.
Some wonderful players have been seen by Colorado Avalanche Tickets holders in their
team's jersey. Joe Sakic, Michel Goulet, Peter Stastny, and Peter Forsberg are the leading
scorers for the Colorado Avalanche. They set the standard that others will attempt to
replicate in the coming seasons. Over the years, the team has also formed an intense rivalry
with the Detroit Red Wings. While the Red Wings have had more success in their history, the
Colorado Avalanche has managed to win a lot over the past 20 years. There was also an
intense match-up between the Red Wings' Chris Draper and the Avalanche's Claude Lemieux
While success came thick and fast from 1995-2008, the past few years have been slightly
difficult for the Colorado Avalanche Tickets holders. They have seen their team lose in the
QFs of the 2009-10 playoffs, while failing to make the post season in 2008-09, 2010-11, and
2011-12. A culmination of disappointing coaching and poor trade deals have seen the
roster's quality dwindle. Fans will be hoping that the coming season is different.
12-9-13: Colorado played three games in four days and had iffy results. The Avs’ were blown out by an 8-2 score in Edmonton, managed to beat Calgary by a single goal and then wrapped up the week with a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Defense partners Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda lead the Avalanche with matching plus-17 ratings. However, Colorado will have to get used to life without Hejda for a bit as he’s expected to miss two weeks after tumbling awkwardly into the boards against Edmonton.
12-2-13: Colorado won two out of three games this past week with two wins over Minnesota. Semyon Varlamov has been strong in Colorado's net this season. However, it’s worth noting the strong performance by backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Giguere is 6-0-0 on the season with a .949 save percentage. He also picked a win this week. Matt Duchene should be considered for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics and should be in contention for the Hart Trophy at season’s end. Duchene has 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 22 games played.
11-25-13: The Avalanche had a perfect week going 3-0 with wins over Chicago, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. That’s pretty impressive given all three of those teams would be in the playoffs if they started today. The Avs’ are 9-3-0 at the Pepsi Center and an equally impressive 8-2-0 away from Denver. Patrick Roy has to be the early favorite to take home the Jack Adams award as the NHL’s top coach. Nathan MacKinnon is making a case to take home Rookie of the Year honors too.
11-18-13: Last week was the worst week of the season for the Avalanche. For the first time all season, Colorado failed to register a point. They lost to both Florida and Carolina and got blown out by the high-powered Blues. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon fired 19 shots on net this week and got one goal and assist for his effort. His nine shots against Carolina more than doubled his previous game high. How will the Avs’ respond this week after a little adversity?
11-12-13: They no longer have the league’s best record but that hasn’t stopped the Avalanche from their winning ways. They won two out of three games this past week and scored a total of 12 goals. Colorado’s plus-26 goal differential is good for first in all of the NHL. The Avs have yet to lose on road and have only two losses at the Pepsi Center. I think it’s safe to say that Patrick Roy is the early leading candidate for the Jack Adam’s award for the NHL’s top coach.
11-5-13: Semyon Varlamov’s arrest on kidnapping charges was an off the ice distraction for the Avs. On the ice though, Colorado continued to thrive. They had a 3-2 overtime win over Dallas on Friday and followed that up by a resounding 4-1 win over Patrick Roy’s former team in Montreal on Saturday. The club is a perfect 10-0-0 when scoring the first goal this season. Last season when scoring first, Colorado had the second-worst record in all the NHL.
10-29-13: The Avalanche just keep on winning and many are starting to think this team is no fluke. They squeaked by the Penguins 1-0 to start of the week. Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s 34-save shutout of the Pens was impressive. They followed that up with solid home wins over the Jets and Hurricanes. Colorado’s power play is a top-10 unit in the league, but the most troubling aspect of that is they don’t register enough shots with the man advantage. No team is worse in the west than the Avs at getting shots through.
10-21-13: Colorado continues to win as they have an impressive 5-0 on the road. Patrick Roy seems to be pushing all the right buttons for the Avalanche right now. They won 1-0 Monday night in a thoroughly entertaining affair versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Cole Harbour natives Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon squared off for the first time against each other in the NHL. There are still major question marks regarding the Avs’ defense, but their depth up front and goaltending have been outstanding.
10-14-13: Patrick Roy and Avalanche are the NHL’s most surprising team early on. Semyon Varlamov, who lost 21 games last season, has been spectacular for the upstart Avs. His 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage are top’s among all goalies in the NHL. Colorado has tied the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques for the second best start in franchise history. Inevitably, there will be loss sometime soon for Colorado. How they handle and rebound from it will show the true resolve of this team?
10-7-13: The Avs’ have been one the most impressive teams to watch early on. They clobbered Anaheim 6-1 on opening night in Denver, which saw head coach Patrick Roy go crazy on Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. They followed that up with a solid win over Nashville. Goalie Semyon Varlamov is proving his critics wrong early on. That Nathan MacKinnon kid is sure fun to watch, eh?
9-4-13: After finishing dead last in the West last season, the youth of the Colorado Avalanche are fed up with their growing pains. Veterans Alex Tanguay and Corey Sarich have replaced David Jones, Shane O’Brien, and Aaron Palushaj. At the helm, the Avalanche hope that Semyon Varlamov will mirror his first season with Colorado with a 2.59 GAA and save percentage of .913. Newly appointed coach, Patrick Roy, has noted to media that there is only one option, coupled with a starving attitude for his 2013-14 squad- a Stanley Cup attitude.
The realignment is an uphill contest for the young squad with the St, Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, and, arguably, the Minnesota Wild, peering down from the mountaintop. Whose to say the Avalanche bury their rivals’ dreams beneath a flurry of success under their new coach.
8-22-13: Colorado have signed Captain Gabriel Landeskog to a seven-year contract extension. The deal will keep Landeskog in Colorado through the 2020-21 season. After being selected second in the 2011 draft, Landeskog was the NHL's top rookie, winning the 2011-12 Calder Memorial Trophy.
7-23-13: The Avalanche and Matt Duchene have agreed upon a five-year extension through the 18-19 season.
Avalanche 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #1: Nathan MacKinnon, C
Pick #32: Chris Bigras, D
Pick #63: Spencer Martin, G
Pick #93: Mason Geertsen, D
Pick #123: Will Butcher, D
Pick #153: Ben Storm, D
Pick #183: Wilhelm Westlund, D