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The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League . The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

Colorado Avalanche
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche season
Colorado Avalanche logo.svg
Conference Western
Division Central
Founded 1972
History Quebec Nordiques
1972–1979 (WHA)
1979–1995 (NHL)
Colorado Avalanche
1995–present
Home arena Pepsi Center
City Denver, Colorado
Colors

Burgundy, silver, blue, black

                   
Media Altitude
Mile High Sports Radio (1550 AM)
The Fan (104.3 FM)
Owner(s) Ann Walton Kroenke
General manager Joe Sakic
Head coach Jared Bednar
Captain Gabriel Landeskog
Minor league affiliates San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 2 (1995–96, 2000–01)
Conference championships 2 (1995–96, 2000–01)
Presidents' Trophy 2 (1996–97, 2000–01)
Division championships 9 (1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2013–14)
Official website www.nhl.com/avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

The Avalanche were founded in 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques and were one of the charter franchises of the World Hockey Association. The franchise joined the NHL in 1979 as a result of the NHL–WHA merger. Following the 1994–95 season, they were sold to the COMSAT Entertainment Group and relocated to Denver. In the club's first season in Denver, the Avalanche won the Pacific Division and went on to sweep the Florida Panthers in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals, becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in the season following a relocation. Among teams in the major North American professional sports leagues, only the National Football League (NFL)'s Washington Redskins have also accomplished the feat. This was the first major professional sports championship a Denver-based team would bring to the city. In the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, the Avalanche defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 to win their second and most recent championship. As a result, they are the only active NHL team that has won all of its Stanley Cup Final appearances. Coincidentally, the Devils had preceded the Avalanche in Denver; they were called the Colorado Rockies.

The Avalanche have won nine division titles (including their first eight in a row in Denver, the longest such streak in NHL history) and qualified for the playoffs in each of their first ten seasons in Denver; this streak ended in 2007.

NHL Highlights | Avalanche vs. Blackhawks - Feb 22, 2019

Carl Soderberg scored in the first and third period as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3.

02/22/19 Condensed Game: Avalanche @ Blackhawks

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02/20/19 Condensed Game: Jets @ Avalanche

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NHL Highlights | Avalanche vs. Jets - Feb 20, 2019

The Avalanche got tallies from seven different players to thrash the Jets 7-1.

02/18/19 Condensed Game: Golden Knights @ Avalanche

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Balanced attack propels Avalanche past Jets, 7-1

Tyson Jost and Carl Soderberg each recorded three points, while three other Avalanche notched multi-point games to lead Colorado to a 7-1 win.