The Colorado Avalanche have been in existence since 1995 after previously being the Quebec Nordiques. The Avalanche had instant success after the move to Colorado. The team won the Stanley Cup in their first season and went on a streak of making the postseason for 10 straight seasons. This was the first time an NHL team won a championship in their first season after relocation. During this stretch, Colorado won their second Stanley Cup title during the 2000-2001 season. They also advanced to the Western Conference Championship six times. Their impressive streak continued with eight consecutive division championships. Organization greats like centers Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg along with legendary goaltender Patrick Roy are huge reasons why the Avalanche had quick success after the move and helped make Colorado one of the more feared franchises for a decade. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Colorado Avalanche hockey tickets.
2014 Avalanche Season Preview
There may not have been a bigger surprise in 2013 than the Colorado Avalanche. Under the guidance of head coach and Avalanche goaltending legend Patrick Roy, the Avs came from nowhere to win the Central Division and grab the number 2 seed in a strong Western Conference. Colorado then took the Minnesota Wild to 7 games in the quarterfinals, before falling in the series 4-3.
After a meteoric rise in 2013, the Colorado Avalanche have their sights set on more in 2014. To bolster their young squad in the playoffs, the Avalanche signed veterans Daniel Briere, Jarome Iginla, and Brad Stuart. Last year’s Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon will likely take an even larger leadership role in his 2nd season, and will be complimented by Matt Duchene. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season and looks to continue to be one of the best goalies in the Central Division. The Colorado Avalanche have all the pieces to have a solid season in 2014 and don’t be surprised if they provide a stiff challenge to the Western Conference favorite LA Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.
Check out our Colorado Avalanche Season Preview History page for previews of previous Avalanche seasons.
Colorado Avalanche Hockey at Pepsi Center Address: 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, Colorado, 80204
The Colorado Avalanche play all their home games at the Pepsi Center, located in Denver, Colorado. When filled to capacity, over 18,000 screaming fans can be heard supporting the Avalanche. The Pepsi Center is also the home of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. During the course of the year, the Pepsi Center hosts many entertainment acts. The Colorado Avalanche home bench is on the Pepsi Center rink side in front of section 102. Pepsi Center parking information is covered in our Avalanche event guide.
Avalanche vs. Red Wings
The conversation on this one always starts with the 1997 brawls at Joe Louis Arena. In the Western Conference Finals in 1996, Claude Lemieux checked Kris Draper from behind and into the boards, breaking his jaw and cheek. The next year on March 26 there were nine fights between the teams. Punches throw, blood spilled and the famous Forsberg-Vernon fight. Patrick Roy was still trying to fight opposing goalies in 2002.
Avalanche vs. Stars
This rivalry was sparked in the late 90s and early 2000s, when both teams were battling at the top of the Western Conference. In 1999, the Stars beat the Avs in seven games and went on to win the Stanley Cup. In 2000, the Stars again beat Colorado in seven. They were primed for another meeting the next year, but the Stars went down early and the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.
Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup, Western Conference Finals, and NHL Playoffs
The Colorado Avalanche, whose inaugural season took place in ‘95/96 went on the win the Stanley Cup that very year as well as winning it all in 2001. How’s that for immediate success? The Avalanche have already racked up 6 trip to the Western Conference Finals as well as 12 visits to the NHL’s postseason.
Colorado Avalanche Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to an Avalanche game?
Gates at Pepsi Center open 1-hour before the puck drops.
Where are good places to eat before an Avalanche game?
One of the best places to eat in Denver is Wazee Supper Club. Wazee is close to Pepsi Center, is comfortable, and has great pizza and American food. If you like hot dogs with extravagant toppings, try Biker Jim’s Restaurant. For Mexican food lovers try Tamayo or Sam’s No. 3. If you are looking for higher end dining experience try Columbine Steak House & Lounge. Columbine is upscale but not too stuffy and has a great menu. If you are looking to try something new, check out Cheeky Monky. Cheeky has some unbelievable Belgian food that will not disappoint. Other great places in the area are The Breakfast King, FelFel Mediterranean, Marg’s Taco Bistro and The Rackhous Pub.
Where is the best place to park at Pepsi Center?
The closest three lots that do not require a permit are on the east, southeast, and south sides of the arena. These three lots usually fill up quickly and range in price from about $15-$30. To the west of Pepsi center are the Camry North, and Camry South parking lots. These two large parking lots are restricted to permit parking and are only available to season ticket and parking pass holders. On the west side of the Camry lots are three more parking options that are usually around $10 and only a slightly longer walk to Pepsi Center.
Does my child need a ticket to go to an Avalanche game?
Children under 3 years old will be allowed to enter Pepsi Center without a ticket and must sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age with you to the gate to ensure they are allowed to enter the game.
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Awesome I had a great time at the game and it was an incredible ending. April 21, 2014