Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Colorado Avalanche.
Debuting as the Quebec Nordiques in 1972 in the World Hockey Association, they would become one of the most successful teams in the league. The Nordiques won the Avco Cup in 1977, and they would be one of four franchises that would be absorbed into the NHL in 1979. Despite having some good players in Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny, they struggled in the league. After drafting Eric Lindros who refused to play for them, they traded his rights to the Philadelphia Flyers, and the haul they got that included Peter Forsberg would give them hope.
Sadly, it was a small market, and they were no longer able to remain financially viable. The team would relocate to Denver in 1995, and would become the Colorado Avalanche. In their inaugural year, they would trade for Goaltender, Patrick Roy, and with Forsberg and Joe Sakic, they would win their first Stanley Cup in their inaugural year in the Mountain Time Zone. They would win a second Cup in 2001.
As for all of our top 50 players in hockey we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NHL.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.
The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. Joe Sakic
2. Peter Forsberg
3. Michel Goulet
4. Peter Stastny
5. Patrick Roy
We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.
Look for or All-Time Top 50 Pittsburgh Penguins coming next!
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