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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Colorado Avalanche - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History


Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

1. Colorado Avalanche – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1972 as a founding member of the WHA and joined the NHL in 1979. The franchise has been known as:
Quebec Nordiques 1972-1995
Colorado Avalanche 1995-Present

2. Colorado Avalanche – Championships/Great Accomplishments
Two Stanley Cup Championships:
1995-96 defeated Florida Panthers 4 games to 0
2000-01 defeated New Jersey Devils 4 games to 3

Ten NHL Division Championships:
1985-86, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03

3. Colorado Avalanche – Home Arena History
The Avs have played in the following home arenas:
1. Le Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City
1972 – 1995


2. McNichols Arena, Denver
1995 – 1999


3. Pepsi Center, Denver
1999 - Present


4. For more information on the Avalanche, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Avalanche Wikipedia site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Avalanche

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Avalanche season:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Colorado_Avalanche_seasons

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises
http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):
http://hockey.ballparks.com/

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:
http://www.hockeydb.com/

5. Celebrate the Avalanche jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the Colorado Avalanche and the history of the Avalanche franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 13 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 13 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)



If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Colorado Avalanche YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTaNsqsTAok or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Colorado-Avalanche-c171/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 3 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Avalanche fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of Colorado Avalanche arena images, please contact me by email ssillcox@rogers.com and I can explain how they can all be framed in one beautiful piece.

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This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 23, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ssillcox@rogers.com !

Many thanks!!!
Scott

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