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95-96ColAva
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Western Conference Champions
Pacific Division Champions
Division 1st Pacific
Conference 2nd Western
1995–96 record 47–25–10
Home record 24–10–7
Road record 23–15–3
Goals for 326 (2nd)
Goals against 240 (T-8th)
General Manager Pierre Lacroix
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Mike Ricci
Sylvain Lefebvre
Arena McNichols Sports Arena
Team leaders
Goals Joe Sakic (51)
Assists Peter Forsberg (86)
Points Joe Sakic (120)
Penalties in minutes Chris Simon (250)
Wins Patrick Roy
Stephane Fiset (22)
Goals against average Patrick Roy (2.68)

The 1995–96 Colorado Avalanche season was the first season of the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise after moving to Denver.

The Avalanche played their first game in the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver on October 6, 1995, winning 3–2 against the Detroit Red Wings.[1] Led by captain Joe Sakic, forward Peter Forsberg and defenceman Adam Foote on the ice, Pierre Lacroix as the general manager, and Marc Crawford as the head coach, the Avalanche got stronger when former Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy joined the team. Feeling humiliated for being left in the net after having let in 9 goals on 26 shots during a Canadiens game against the Red Wings, Roy joined the Avalanche on December 6, 1995, together with ex-Montreal captain Mike Keane in a trade for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko.[2] Roy would prove a pivotal addition for Colorado in the years to come.

On January 3, 1996, the Avalanche lost at home, 1–0, to the New Jersey Devils. It was the first time in 123 consecutive regular-season games that the team was shut out; the last time the team had been shut out was while they were the Quebec Nordiques. That game took place on January 27, 1994, and the Nordiques lost on the road, 3–0, to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Avalanche finished the regular season with a 47–25–10 record for 104 points, won the Pacific Division and finished second in the Western Conference. They scored 326 goals: an average of nearly 4 per game. They led the NHL in shorthanded goals with 20. Colorado progressed to the playoffs and won the series against the Vancouver Canucks, the Chicago Blackhawks and Presidents' Trophy winners Detroit Red Wings. In the Stanley Cup Final, the Avalanche met the Florida Panthers, who were also in their first Stanley Cup final. The Avalanche swept the series 4–0. In Game Four, during the third overtime and after more than 100 minutes of play with no goals, defenceman Uwe Krupp scored to claim the franchise's first Cup.[3] Joe Sakic was the playoff's scoring leader with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player to his team during the playoffs. The 1996 Stanley Cup was the first major professional championship won by a Denver team.[4] With the Stanley Cup win, Russians Alexei Gusarov and Valeri Kamensky and Swede Peter Forsberg became members of the Triple Gold Club, the exclusive group of ice hockey players who have won Olympic gold, World Championship gold, and the Stanley Cup.[5]

Regular seasonEdit

  • December 11, 1995: Patrick Roy earned his first victory in net as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.[6] It was a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In November 1990, Brian Hayward was traded to the Minnesota North Stars for defenseman Jayson More.[7]

  • February 5, 1996: Patrick Roy played the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.[8] Roy stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 4-2 win. After the game, Roy took the game puck and flipped it to Canadiens head coach Mario Tremblay.[9]

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
11 Colorado Avalanche 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
26 Calgary Flames 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
37 Vancouver Canucks 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
49 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
510 Edmonton Oilers 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
612 Los Angeles Kings 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
713 San Jose Sharks 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Game logEdit

1995–96 Game log

PlayoffsEdit

1996 Stanley Cup playoffs

Player statsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 82 51 69 120 44141767
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 82 30 86 116 4726733
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 81 38 47 85 85141815
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 79 39 32 71 117149210
Young, ScottScott Young RW 81 21 39 60 502705
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 66 13 37 50 500711
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 78 21 27 48 14220302
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 64 16 18 34 25010401
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 71 13 14 27 3015021
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 75 7 20 27 5025030
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 62 6 21 27 521301
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 26 11 11 22 1611303
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 63 7 14 21 2215001
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 55 10 10 20 401022
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 65 5 15 20 5629000
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 77 4 15 19 7332001
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 73 5 11 16 8827101
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 75 5 11 16 4926200
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 22 4 11 15 1410001
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 56 3 12 15 2012011
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 33 3 6 9 3310000
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 52 6 2 8 1476001
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan RW 9 4 4 8 9-3400
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 6 0 3 3 44000
Slaney, JohnJohn Slaney D 7 0 3 3 42000
Brousseau, PaulPaul Brousseau RW 8 1 1 2 21000
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 4 1 0 1 21000
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 3 1 0 1 0-1100
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 7 1 0 1 63000
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 37 0 1 1 20000
Marha, JosefJosef Marha C 2 0 1 1 01000
Myrvold, AndersAnders Myrvold D 4 0 1 1 6-2000
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 3 0 0 0 0-1000
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 5 0 0 0 00000
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 39 0 0 0 40000
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 10 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 2107 37 22 6 7 103 2.93 11012909.898
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 2305 39 22 15 1 103 2.68 111301027.909
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 558 10 3 4 2 28 3.01 0222194.874
Team: 4970 82 47 25 10 234 2.82 223642130.901
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 22 18 16 34 1410606
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 22 10 12 22 2811302
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 22 10 11 21 1810301
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 22 5 14 19 165201
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 22 6 11 17 18-1301
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 22 5 12 17 258100
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 22 4 12 16 335102
Young, ScottScott Young RW 22 3 12 15 106000
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 19 5 7 12 555300
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 21 0 9 9 1213000
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 8 3 2 5 23101
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 22 3 2 5 161001
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 22 1 4 5 82010
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 22 0 5 5 126000
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 22 1 3 4 3611000
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 15 2 1 3 06100
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 17 1 2 3 84000
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 12 1 2 3 11-2000
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 13 0 2 2 23000
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 12 1 0 1 234000
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 7 1 0 1 82001
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 1 0 0 0 00000
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 8 0 0 0 19-4000
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 22 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1454 22 16 6 51 2.10 3649598.921
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 000
Team: 1455 22 16 6 51 2.10 3649598.921

[10]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and recordsEdit

Team trophiesEdit

Player awards and trophiesEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 7, 1995 To Calgary Flames
David Ling
9th round pick in 1995
To Colorado Avalanche
9th round pick in 1995
July 12, 1995 To Washington Capitals
3rd round pick in 1996
To Colorado Avalanche
John Slaney
July 12, 1995 To Philadelphia Flyers
Garth Snow
To Colorado Avalanche
3rd and 6th round picks in 1996
October 2, 1995 To Washington Capitals
Cash
To Colorado Avalanche
Warren Rychel
October 3, 1995 To New York Islanders
Wendel Clark
To Colorado Avalanche
Claude Lemieux
October 5, 1995 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Finn
To Colorado Avalanche
4th round pick in 1997
October 26, 1995 To San Jose Sharks
Owen Nolan
To Colorado Avalanche
Sandis Ozolinsh
November 1, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Claude Lapointe
To Colorado Avalanche
7th round pick in 1996
December 6, 1995 To Montreal Canadiens
Andrei Kovalenko
Jocelyn Thibault
Martin Rucinsky
To Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Roy
Mike Keane
December 28, 1995 To Los Angeles Kings
John Slaney
To Colorado Avalanche
Conditional draft pick in 1996
January 26, 1996 To Ottawa Senators
Janne Laukkanen
To Colorado Avalanche
Brad Larsen
March 19, 1996 To Calgary Flames
Paxton Schulte
To Colorado Avalanche
Vesa Viitakoski
March 20, 1996 To Buffalo Sabres
6th round pick in 1996
To Colorado Avalanche
Dave Hannan
April 3, 1996 To Washington Capitals
Anson Carter
To Colorado Avalanche
4th round pick in 1996

Other transactionsEdit

Date Player Transaction
August 8, 1995 Troy Murray Signed as a free agent
September 8, 1995 Andrei Kovalenko Signed as a free agent
September 8, 1995 Curtis Leschyshyn Signed as a free agent
September 9, 1995 Scott Young Signed as a free agent
October 2, 1995 Ted Drury Claimed by Ottawa in the waiver draft
October 2, 1995 Bill Huard Claimed by Dallas in the waiver draft

Draft picksEdit

Colorado's picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 25 Marc Denis Flag of Canada.svg Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2 51 Nic Beaudoin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL)
3 77 John Tripp Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 81 Tomi Kallio Flag of Finland Finland Kiekko-67 Turku (FinD1)
5 129 Brent Johnson Flag of the United States United States Owen Sound Platers (OHL).
6 155 John Cirjak Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
7 181 Dan Smith Flag of Canada.svg Canada U. of British Columbia (CIAU)
8 207 Tomi Hirvonen Flag of Finland Finland Ilves Jrs. (Finland)
9 228 Chris George Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

GeneralEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. October 6, 1995 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche gamesheet. Colorado Avalanche Database. Retrieved on 2007–06–17.
  2. Sadowski, Rick. "Roy gets call he's in Hall", Rocky Mountain News, 2006–06–29. Retrieved on 2007–03–25. 
  3. Ulman, Howard. "No stopping the Avalanche - Colorado completes Cup sweep of Panthers with 3OT victory", Associated Press, 1996–06–11. Retrieved on 2007–03–25. 
  4. Miscellaneous/Community/Altitude (PDF). Colorado Avalanche. Retrieved on 2007–06–17.
  5. Triple Gold Club (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved on 2007–06–17.
  6. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.382, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  7. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.278, by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  8. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.382 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  9. Patrick Roy, winning, nothing else, p.383 , by Michel Roy, translated by Charles Phillips, 2008, John Wiley & Sons, Mississauga, ON, ISBN 978-0-470-15616-2
  10. 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-10.


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