ColoradoAvalanche.com Best of 2013
A look back at the year that was for the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club
Here's a chronological look back at some of the best content in 2013 from ColoradoAvalanche.com, starting with an Avalanche-sponsored Pee Wee team winning the prestigous Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey championship to the team taking part in its annual holiday visit to Children's Hospital Colorado.
To ring in 2014 and say 'Goodbye' to 2013, here are 13 terrific content pieces from ColoradoAvalanche.com. Just in case you didn't catch them the first time around.
Quebec Tournament Champions
The Avalanche Pee Wee Team Wins International-B Division
Days before leaving for the 54th Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament, the Colorado Avalanche Pee Wee Team had a clinic with Patrick Bordeleau and Michael Sgarbossa of the club’s professional team.
Both alums of the tournament, Bordeleau and Sgarbossa gave tips and advice to the peewee players in hopes it could help them do something that they weren’t able to – bring home a championship banner.
The Avalanche Pee Wee Team did just that.READ MORE > PHOTO GALLERY > WATCH 'BORDELEAU, SGARBOSSA HELP OUT'
Avs Stop Blackhawks' Point Streak At 24 Games
DENVER -- The Streak is over.
The Chicago Blackhawks' remarkable 24-game run without a regulation loss, the best start to a season in NHL history, came to a screeching halt Friday night at the Pepsi Center, as did their franchise-record 11-game winning streak.
The Colorado Avalanche, who had one win in their previous seven games, stunned the Blackhawks with five consecutive goals -- four in the second period -- on the way to a 6-2 victory before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,007 (many clad in red Blackhawks jerseys) -- that chanted "End the streak!" in the final minutes.
The Blackhawks went 21-0-3 during the streak. Only the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (28 games) and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (35 games) played more consecutive games in one season without a regulation loss.
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Duchene Keeps Du-ing It
Matt Duchene Scores Latest Overtime Goal In Franchise History In Win Over Sharks
The buzzer beating shots of March Madness have moved from the hardwood to the ice. At least that was the case on Sunday night at Pepsi Center.
Matt Duchene scored the latest overtime goal franchise history as the puck from his shot in the low slot crossed the goal line with 0.3 seconds remaining and lifted the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Duchene’s second goal of the night is officially registered at 4:59 of the overtime period, one-second later then the previous franchise record at 4:58, set by Ville Nieminen on Jan. 17, 2002 against Phoenix and equaled by Ryan O’Reilly last year on Feb. 10, 2012 against Carolina.
“It feels awesome,” Duchene said. “I didn’t think it was going to count. I know the buzzer here sometimes is a little late. Obviously, you’re really excited at first, but [you’re] holding back a bit in case it doesn’t count.”
READ MORE > WATCH THE GOAL >
Avalanche Announces New Structure To Front Office
Josh Kroenke Named Team President; Former Avalanche Captain Joe Sakic Named Executive Vice President Of Hockey Operations
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Josh Kroenke has been named President and Joe Sakic has been named Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. Pierre Lacroix will remain with the organization as an advisor.
“Beginning today, I will be assuming the responsibilities as Avalanche team President,” said Kroenke. “Having had the privilege of learning under a mentor like Pierre Lacroix, and then spending the past few seasons as Governor, I feel ready to become much more involved on a daily basis.”
“I am thrilled to announce that Joe Sakic has agreed to become Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche,” continued Kroenke. “In that role, Joe will be in charge of all hockey-related decisions moving forward. With his credentials, presence and knowledge of the game, Joe will be a key ingredient in making sure that together we reach our future goals.”
“Greg Sherman will work with Joe in managing the day-to-day business operations of the team as General Manager,” added Kroenke. “I know he is just as optimistic as Joe and I are about the future of our team.”
READ MORE > WATCH PRESS CONFERENCE >
Patrick Roy Introduced As Head Coach/Vice President Of Hockey Operations
Former Colorado Goaltender Becomes Sixth Head Coach In Avalanche History
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club introduced Patrick Roy as the franchise’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations at a press conference on Tuesday, May 28.
"Ten years ago to the day I was here at the Pepsi Center in this very same room announcing my retirement as an NHL player," Roy said in his opening statement. "Shortly thereafter, I realized that the passion I had for the game never left me. I wanted to stay involved in hockey and I found a way to do so. Here I am today, back in Denver, ready to embark on a new challenge that I’m really looking forward to."
Roy, 47, becomes the sixth head coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history.
"It is a very exciting day for our fans, and a significant moment in our organization’s history," said Avalanche President and Governor Josh Kroenke. "Patrick’s decision to come back to the Avalanche is certainly something that we were all thrilled about."
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Avalanche Selects Seven Players At 2013 Draft
Avs Choose Five Defensemen, One Forward, One Goaltender
NEWARK, N.J. – The Colorado Avalanche made seven selections at the 2013 NHL Draft held Sunday at Prudential Center. Following is a complete list of the Avalanche’s selections at this year's draft.
Colorado tabbed five defensemen, one forward and one goaltender. The Avs drafted two players from the Ontario Hockey League, and one player apiece from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Western Hockey League, U.S. National Team Development Program, United States Hockey League and Sweden.
The Avalanche selected center Nathan MacKinnon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads with the No. 1 overall selection in the Draft. MacKinnon, 17, is the first player to be selected first overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche/Nordiques franchise has drafted first overall on three previous occasions: 1989 (Mats Sundin), 1990 (Owen Nolan) and 1991 (Eric Lindros).
READ MORE > AVALANCHE.COM DRAFT CENTRAL > AVS SELECT MacKINNON FIRST > PHOTOS >
New Scoreboard Next Season
Pepsi Center To Unveil State-Of-The-Art, Center-Ice Scoreboard This Fall
This fall, Pepsi Center will drastically enhance its in-arena fan experience with the installation of a next-generation video scoreboard and sound system that will raise the bar for all other indoor arenas. The new video board is the largest of its kind in the world and will provide patrons an unparalleled view of the action at Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth home games, as well as all other Pepsi Center sporting events.
The new scoreboard is the crown jewel of a continued arena-wide improvement project that began in 2012 with the installation of over 300 new HD flat panel screens throughout the concourses; restaurants and suites; upgraded seating in the lower and club levels; the new Land Rover Denver Club and the addition of four ancillary LED display boards in each of the four corners of the upper level.
READ MORE > WATCH TIME-LAPSE VIDEO >
Matt Duchene Under Contract Long Term
Dynamic Forward Signs Five-Year Contract Extension Through 2018-19 Season
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with 22-year-old forward Matt Duchene on a five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
"Matt already is and will be a big part of our team's nucleus for the long term," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons. With his great skill, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be."READ MORE >
Gabriel Landeskog Signs Seven-Year Extension
Avalanche Captain Inks Deal Through 2020-21 Season
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with captain Gabriel Landeskog on a seven-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
"Gabe is and will continue to be a large part of the foundation of this hockey team for many years to come," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “Signing our captain to a long-term extension demonstrates the commitment of Stan and Josh Kroenke to this franchise and to our fan base. In just two seasons, Gabe has already proven to be a great asset to our organization both on and off the ice. The fact that he has agreed to a long-term deal shows that he believes in this team, his teammates and the direction of this franchise moving forward."READ MORE >
Avalanche vs. Ducks - Oct. 2, 2013 - Pepsi Center
Colorado scored early and often in rout of Ducks
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The Avs as a Surprise Isn't a Surprise
Club's early-season story began last spring, when Roy returned to the franchise
Patrick Roy told everyone his team was going to do this. He told them during the offseason. He told them during the preseason. He said it again in early October.
“We just want to surprise the world of hockey.”
He didn’t say that with the type of braggadocio he was known for exhibiting as a player. He also didn’t say it like someone trying to convince himself of the thought—though some probably thought that was the case.
No, he just let the words come out like they were a matter of fact. After spending 10 years away from the game’s highest level, Roy came back to the NHL last spring with a goal in mind and a thought about the capability of this Colorado Avalanche team.READ MORE > WATCH PATRICK ROY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONFERENCE >
Adam Foote Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Watch in its entirety the Nov. 2 Pepsi Ceremony of the Avs' iconic No. 52
Avs Executives Excited to Face New Challenges
Josh Kroenke, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy look to lead team back to the Stanley Cup
This season there aren't just new challenges on the ice for the Colorado Avalanche players, but also off it for several team executives.
This past May, governor Josh Kroenke added team president to his title and named former Avs captain and hall of famer Joe Sakic as the club's executive vice president of hockey operations.
Sakic's first order of business was to find a coach, and he only had one person in mind—his former teammate and hall of fame goalie Patrick Roy.
"When I took this job—and I knew I had to find a coach—Patrick was always my top candidate," Sakic said at the May 28 news conference introducing Roy as the new Colorado coach. "Patrick has a great hockey mind, he is a tremendous coach, and there is no one more passionate about this game. He’ll bring a winning attitude and help this young team grow, and I know he’ll get the best out of each player."
READ MORE > WATCH JOE SAKIC OPENING NIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE >
Avs Spread Holiday Cheer At Children's Hospital
The team met with patients at Children's Hospital Colorado during its annual visit
AURORA, Colo. – The Colorado Avalanche helped bring smiles and holiday cheer to some very special children Monday as the team made its annual holiday visit to Children's Hospital Colorado. This was the 16th year the Avalanche has visited patients and their families at the hospital
"This is one of my favorite days of the year," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "It's definitely one of the highlights that I circle on the calendar and look forward to all year. Whatever stressful things you're going through in life, or what we think is stressful are nothing compared to what these families and the kids are going through."
Avalanche players, coaches, mascot Bernie and the Ice Girls visited patients' rooms, distributed Bernie plush animals, signed autographs, took pictures with the children and their families and, most importantly, talked with the kids to help brighten their day.
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