Colorado Avalanche, American expert ice hockey group situated in Denver that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche have won two Stanley Cup titles (1996 and 2001).
The establishment was initially situated in Quebec, Canada, and was known as the Quebec Nordiques (French: "Northerners"). The group was an individual from the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972 to 1979, winning a WHA title (known as the Avco Cup) in 1977 behind high-scoring advances Réal Cloutier and Marc Tardif. The Nordiques joined the NHL alongside three other WHA establishments when the two associations converged before the 1979–80 season.
The group immediately adjusted to the more elevated amount of play in the NHL, winning the first of seven back to back playoff compartments in its second season in the new association. Driven by focus Peter Stastny and left wing Michel Goulet, the Nordiques progressed to the gathering finals during the 1981–82 and 1984–85 seasons. In 1987–88, be that as it may, the Nordiques started a dash of five straight seasons wherein the group completed in last spot in its division. During this period Quebec likewise posted the most noticeably awful record in the whole NHL multiple times. The group's drawn out vanity all things considered delivered a progression of high draft picks that the Nordiques used to accumulate a center of youthful players who helped Quebec come back to the playoffs in 1992–93 and to enroll the best record in the gathering in 1994–95. While the group was flourishing with the ice, its benefit was hampered by playing in the littlest market in the NHL. In the wake of neglecting to achieve a concurrence with the Quebec commonplace government that would have mitigated the group's obligation and subsidized another field, the Nordiques' proprietor sold the establishment to a Denver-based stimulation aggregate, and the group moved to Colorado in the mid year of 1995.
The recently renamed Colorado Avalanche (some of the time abbreviated to "Avs") amazed the group during the 1995–96 season by exchanging for genius goaltender Patrick Roy, who had turned out to be displeased with his long-lasting group, the Montreal Canadiens. Roy's champion play in objective was an ideal guarded supplement to high-scoring focuses Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, and the Avalanche effectively won another division title. In the postseason the Avs turned into the main migrated group to win a NHL title in its first season in its new city by clearing the Florida Panthers in the 1996 Stanley Cup finals. Colorado stayed a standout amongst the best groups in the Western Conference through the finish of the 1990s, achieving the gathering finals multiple times in the four seasons from 1996–97 to 1999–2000. In 2000–01 the Avs won 52 amusements—the most in establishment history—and caught a second Stanley Cup by overcoming the New Jersey Devils in a seven-game last.
The establishment won its NHL-record ninth continuous division title in 2002–03, however its dimension of play tumbled off marginally close to the finish of the primary decade of the 21st century, as the Avalanche by and large posted winning records yet neglected to have much postseason achievement. During the 2010s the Avalanche relapsed further, as the group went into its first dash of back to back years missing the playoffs since the establishment's movement to Colorado. The group enlisted Roy as its new head mentor in 2013, and Colorado experienced a quick improvement during the main crusade under his initiative. Having completed the past season with the second most noticeably awful record in the NHL, the Avalanche won a division title in 2013–14, however the group was killed in its opening playoff arrangement and came back to the base of the divisional standings in 2014–15. In 2017–18 the Avs shockingly added 21 wins to its past season's aggregate to fit the bill for the playoffs. The group was dispensed with in the opening round that season however bettered its presentation in 2018–19 by progressing to the second round of the playoffs, where Colorado lost a nearby seven-game arrangement.