Top 50 Colorado Avalanche

The origin of the Colorado Avalanche begins in the World Hockey Association with the Quebec Nordiques, who first took the ice as a charter member in 1972.  The Nordiques were one of the most exciting teams in the WHA, loaded with French-Canadian talent, which translated into success.  Quebec would win the Avco Cup in 1977 and were finalists in 1975.

They would enter the NHL in 1979 when the two leagues merged, and in the 1980s with Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny, they remained exciting, though they could not make it very deep in the playoffs.  By the decade's end, they were basement dwellers and perpetually drafting first overall.  One such pick was Eric Lindros, who refused to play there, but they dealt him to the Philadelphia Flyers, and with what they were able to get in return, they were able to return to the winning side of the ledger.

In the mid-90s, the Nordiques were good again, but playing in a small market, the weak Canadian dollar, and the overall lack of revenue rendered the team as a financial loser.  They would be sold to a group in Denver and would relocate as the Colorado Avalanche.  With Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, and an incoming Patrick Roy, the franchise won their first Stanley Cup in 1996, their first year in their new home.  Colorado would win their second Cup in 2001.

They have yet to make the Finals since, but the city of Denver has proven to be one of the best fanbases in hockey.  It will likely remain that way for decades to come.


This list is up to the end of the 2018/19 season.

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.


There have been a plethora of phenomenal players who have suited up for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.  Still, it was effortless to choose Joe Sakic as the greatest Avalanche player ever.
The Quebec Nordiques drafted Eric Lindros #1 in the 1991 NHL Draft, knowing full well that he would never report there.  As it turned out, Quebec would trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers for a plethora of players and assets, one of which was the rights to Peter Forsberg, a…
After playing for Birmingham in the WHA as an underaged player, Michel Goulet was drafted 20th Overall by Quebec in the 1979 Draft.  Playing at Left Wing, Goulet would become an elite NHL sniper.  Goulet would have four consecutive 50 Goal Seasons (1982-83 to 1985-86) and would finish in the…
Peter Stastny (and his brother, Anton) sent shockwaves in the world of hockey when he defected from Czechoslovakia to play professional hockey with the Quebec Nordiques in 1980.  Stastny had just been named the Czechoslovakian Player of the Year, so it was certainly expected that he would be spectacular, and…
On December 5, 1995, Patrick Roy had an awful night between the pipes, allowing nine goals on 26 shots.  Great Goalies have bad games, but usually, when this transpires, they get the hook early.  Montreal's Head Coach, Mario Tremblay left the two-time Stanley Cup champion in there, and Roy believed…
Marc Tardif would win two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, but like so many other players in the early 70s, he jumped to the upstart World Hockey Association for a higher salary.
Milan Hejduk was drafted in the 4th Round of the 1994 NHL Draft, but he elected to stay in the Czech League for five years before he would make his NHL debut.  In his second and his third year, he would exceed the 70 Point threshold and helped the Avalanche…
The Quebec Nordiques of the 1970s were not just representing Quebec City, but they also were loaded with French-Canadiens.  One of those stars was Real Cloutier, an offensively skilled player who would win the WHA Scoring Title twice.  The Nordiques owned that award for four consecutive years as his teammate;…
J.C. Tremblay had an excellent career in the National Hockey League, where he was a five-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Montreal Canadiens.  That is true,  but this is a list about the all-time Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques, the team where Tremblay had his best individual success.
In terms of tenure, few can match what Adam Foote did for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.
One of the great young stars of the game, Nathan MacKinnon came into the National Hockey League as the first overall Draft Pick in 2013.  As a rookie, the Nova Scotian Center would win the Calder Trophy with 63 Points.  MacKinnon did not hit that mark over the next three…
Prior to signing with the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association in 1973, Serge Bernier has played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings and had done well producing a 50 Point Season for each of them. 
As you likely know, the first season of the Colorado Avalanche after the relocation from Quebec City would see them win the Stanley Cup.  One of the mid-season trades that you think about facilitated this was the trade from Montreal of superstar Goalie, Patrick Roy.  The other less talked about…
Alex Tanguay was chosen 12th Overall in the 1998 Draft and as a rookie in the 1999-00 campaign, would score 51 Points.  Tanguay had 77 Points the following season and helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 2001.  Tanguay would have a 78 and 79 point year respectively in…
When most people think of the 1977 Avco Cup Champion Quebec Nordiques, they think of the "Flying Frenchmen" of Marc Tardif, Real Cloutier, and Serge Bernier.  There was also a Quebecer who was in the net who played a large part in those great teams.  That man was Richard Brodeur.
Semyon Varmalov played eight years for the Colorado Avalanche, and while they did not have a lot of trips to the post-season while he was there, the Russian Goalie certainly was not the issue. 
The Stastny name is legendary with the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise, and the second generation begins with Paul Stastny.
Gabriel Landeskog is still with the Colorado Avalanche as of this writing and has done very well for the only NHL team that he has ever played for.
Rob Blake will always be most associated with the Los Angeles Kings, and he should be as he played 14 years and won his Norris Trophy there.  That being said, Blake played for five seasons with Colorado, and it was there where he earned his lone Stanley Cup.
Tyson Barrie was a 3rd Round Pick in 2009 for Colorado, and he would grow into an active offensive player from the blueline.  Barrie would play his first eight years of his NHL career with the Avalanche and broke out in 2014-15 with a 53 Point season, which was followed…