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Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche have won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1996 and 2001. The franchise was founded in Quebec and were the Quebec Nordiques until moving to Colorado in 1995. The Avalanche have won eight division titles and went to the playoffs in each of their first 10 seasons in Denver, with the streak ending in 2007. The Avalanche are the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup their first season after a re-location, and only the second team to win a championship their first season after a relocation in any of the four major North American sports leagues, following the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

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Colorado Avalanche ticketsOn June 3, 2009, the Avalanche relieved head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca of their respective duties. Greg Sherman was named the new General Manager with former Avalanche goaltender Craig Billington being named Vice President of Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager. The following day, Joe Sacco was named head coach. Sacco was the head coach of the Avalanche's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, as well as the assistant coach of Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. Former Avs were then brought in to fill the rest of the coaching positions. Sylvain Lefebvre and Steve Konowalchuk became assistant coaches, and Adam Deadmarsh was named the new video/developmental coach. On July 1, 2009, the Avs signed goalie Craig Anderson from the Florida Panthers, who will get the opportunity to be a starting goalie for the first time in his career. They also signed enforcer David Koci from the Tampa Bay Lightning. They did however, lose fan-favorite and alternate captain Ian Laperriere who signed a 3-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. On July 3, 2009, one of Colorado's top scorers, Ryan Smyth was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for defensemen Tom Preissing and Kyle Quincey. Smyth had three years remaining of a five year NTC contract with the Avalanche at the time of the trade. On July 9, 2009, Joe Sakic, the only team captain the Avs have ever known, retired after 20 seasons in the NHL. On September 11, 2009, the Avs named Adam Foote the second captain in the team's history since moving to Denver.

Sakic's jersey retirement ceremony took place on October 1, 2009, before the season opener at home against the San Jose Sharks in front of a sold out crowd where the Avalanche won 5-2. His #19 now hangs next to Ray Bourque's #77 and Patrick Roy's #33 over the ice at Pepsi Center. The Colorado Avalanche began the season starting the youngest center line in their history, with two 18-year-olds (Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly), 21-year-old T.J. Galiardi, and 23-year-old Paul Stastny.