The “Colorado Avalanche” is a professional ice hockey team situated in Denver, Colorado. The team is part of the Central Division that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Colorado usually plays at the home arena of Pepsi Center, the team’s time zone is in the Mountain Time Zone and is the only team in the Central Division not to be in the Central Time Zone.
In the year 1972, the Avalanche was founded as the Quebec Nordiques by the World Hockey Association. After 7 years of playing for the WHA, the Nordiques joined the National Hockey League (NHL) during the NHL-WHA merger. The Nordiques was franchised to the COMSAT Entertainment Group of Denver before their 1994-1995 season. At the time, the team moved to Denver and became the Avalanche.
The team had a good start during their first year in Denver as they won the first championship in the Pacific Division and Stanley Cup Finals against the Florida Panthers. For the record, the team was the first winner among the NHL teams in the Stanley Cup Finals.
In the year 2001, another victory in the Stanley Cup Finals was achieved by the Avalanche with a record of 4-3 against the New Jersey Devils. The team must be fortunate enough in their NHL career as their success continued until 2000s, in fact, the Avalanche won nine division titles, which was held as the longest streak in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL).
After they had won nine division titles, the Avalanche has advanced to the playoffs in each of the 10 seasons in Denver until the year 2007.
The Avalanche has been marking their best records since the time of their franchise, just like all teams, the Avalanche also experienced struggles during their late 2000s. In the season 2012-2013, the team ended as the 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the overall ranking in the league. According to recent reports, the Avalanche might start the 2014-2015 season a bit slower after losing their first two games with the worst records of 5-0 and 3-0.