1996 Colorado Avalanche Moments In Time

October 7th, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
During Thursday's 2010-2011 season home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche organization will honor the alumni of their 1996 Stanley Cup Championship team.

The 1996 Avalanche were much like the 2010 Avalanche in that they were a team on the rise following a series of failures. Joe Sakic had established himself as an elite NHL player, and young forwards Peter Forsberg and Adam Deadmarsh helped carry the load offensively. The presumably washed-up Patrick Roy was acquired mid-season, and proved why he's the best goaltender of all-time, re-defining an already Hall of Fame worthy career.

Come playoff time, the Avalanche picked up so much steam that they couldn't be stopped, and eventually captured the 1996 Stanley Cup Championship.

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