Members of the Colorado Avalanche surround the Stanley Cup following their 1–0 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on June 11, 1996.
—Paul Chiasson / AP Photos
Between the Broncos winning the Super Bowl and the Avalanche alum reunion at Coors Field earlier this year, 2016 has been a whirlwind of cheerful reflection on our beloved teams’ biggest victories. While we continue to crow about our city’s fifth major league championship—and fret over the...
June 10 2016, 1:50 PM
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In their inaugural 1995–96 NHL season in Denver, the fresh-faced Colorado Avalanche quickly took the league by storm. A miracle trade netted future Hall of Fame goaltender (and current Avs coach) Patrick Roy, and by the season’s end, the team had delivered the state’s first major professional...
February 24 2016, 10:33 AM
—An NHL game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.; Getty Images
By The Numbers
2 ~ Ice thickness, in inches, needed to withstand the elements (indoor rinks are closer to one inch thick)
20,000 ~ Approximate gallons of water required to make the ice
350 ~ Gallons of water-soluble paint used to whiten the surface of the ice
200 ~ Workers needed over...
Patrick Roy, head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, answers questions at a press conference in April 2015.
There are plenty of reasons Patrick Roy is a household name in Colorado. Twenty seasons ago, the Quebec Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche, and Denver, with Roy in goal, welcomed its first Stanley Cup—and first major pro sports championship. (Which is basically a unicorn among Denver's...
December 17 2015, 3:15 PM
Still the best game in town—and lately, the only one.
When ESPN Magazine unveiled its 13th annual Ultimate Standings this week, it didn't offer many surprises for Denver sports fans. As is often the case, the Broncos rule all, the Rockies and Nuggets are hide-your-eyes bad, and the Avs reside somewhere in the forgettable middle.
ESPN ranks all 122...
October 16 2015, 9:10 AM
The Nuggets and Avs are settling in for another season at the Pepsi Center, but what about the boss? We know E. Stanley Kroenke, the billionaire owner of the Nuggets, Avalanche, Rapids, and Mammoth, keeps a luxe crash pad on the northeast side of the arena. But he’s not up for giving us—or anyone—a...
—Courtesy of Chili Verde
We support most gameday traditions (tailgating, face painting, even foam fingers), but a subpar $8 hot dog isn’t one of ’em. With such a winning roster of restaurants to choose from in Denver, it’s time your pregame grub got an upgrade. Whether you’re en route to cheer on the Broncos, Nuggets,...
The team's mascot poses with former employees. Courtesy of Denver Grizzlies / Paat Kelly
When the Avalanche won the 1996 Stanley Cup in their first season in Colorado, sports pundits lauded Denver as a great hockey town. Fans waited in hours-long lines to purchase tickets, and the Avs jersey became an ubiquitous fashion trend.
Much of the groundwork for the...
July 20 2015, 4:30 PM