The Colorado Avalanche will celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary season in Denver during the upcoming 2020-21 National Hockey League campaign.
The 25th anniversary celebration will recognize the rich history of the Avalanche franchise and look forward to the bright future of the club by paying tribute to its Quebec Nordiques roots, celebrating two-and-a-half decades of community involvement, thanking the Avalanche’s faithful fans, remembering players of both past and present, championing the growth of hockey in the region and looking toward the next 25 seasons.
The Avalanche will wear a special “25th” patch on its jerseys and 25th season-themed merchandise will be available throughout the year at Altitude Authentics.
Part of the 25th celebration will include several jersey modifications, headlined by the adidas Reverse Retro sweater that was announced Monday. The team will also be switching to new equipment colors to match the primary colors already included in the Avalanche’s home, away and alternate jerseys. The home and away sweaters will now feature the primary color of blue for the shorts, gloves and helmets, while the alternate sweater will have slight modifications to the pants and gloves.
Further details of the Avalanche’s 25th anniversary celebration will be announced when the 2020-21 NHL season schedule is released.
The Avalanche arrived in the Mile High City on July 1, 1995 when COMSAT Entertainment Group officially acquired the Quebec Nordiques. Six weeks later on August 10, 1995, the team was introduced as the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs played their inaugural game on October 6, 1995, a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at McNichols Sports Arena.
The Avalanche capped off that inaugural season by winning the 1996 Stanley Cup, the city of Denver’s first major professional sports championship, and five years later captured its second Stanley Cup in 2001. The organization won a league-record nine straight division championships from 1994-95 to 2002-03 and registered 487 consecutive home sellouts from Nov. 9, 1995 to Oct. 14, 2006, the longest recorded sellout streak in NHL history.
In addition to its two Stanley Cup titles, the Avalanche also won two Presidents’ Trophies (1997, 2001) and made six appearances in the Western Conference Final in its first seven seasons from 1996 to 2002.
Among the other highlights during the Avalanche’s first 24 seasons include hosting the 2001 NHL All-Star Game at Pepsi Center, playing two NHL Stadium Series outdoor games in Colorado (2016 at Coors Field, 2020 at the Air Force Academy) and competing in the NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden (2017). Avalanche players/head coaches have won 18 individual NHL trophies during the past 24 years, including two Hart Trophy winners as league MVP. Ten members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have worn an Avalanche sweater and the club has retired six jersey numbers.