The Most Read Colorado Avalanche Stories of 2020, From The Avs Playoffs To The NHL Stadium Series – The Denver Post
Here’s a look back at the Denver Post’s top 10 favorite 2020 Colorado Avalanche stories as identified by our readers.
10. Pierre Lacroix, former Avalanche GM who built two Stanley Cup winning teams, died at the age of 72
Published on December 13, 2020. The architect behind the two Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup championship teams has died. According to Quebec media reports, Pierre Lacroix passed away on Sunday from complications from COVID-19. He was 72 years old.
Lacroix – the former general manager of Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche – compiled rosters that gained NHL fame when current Avs GM Joe Sakic won the Stanley Cup twice as a player.
9. Avalanche trainer Jared Bednar has exercise tirade; Star rookie Cale Makar starts early
Published on July 18, 2020. Jared Bednar was more buoyant on Day 5 of Training Camp 2.0 at the Pepsi Center than ever in his four years as the Avalanche head coach.
Bednar put an end-to-end 5v5 game on hold and unleashed an obscene tirade highlighting his concerns over reviewing the limited practices remaining in the 24-team playoffs ahead of the Avs kickoff on August 2nd , and something about “(expletive golfing”) when things aren’t going well in Edmonton, the hub of the Western Conference.
8. Avalanches Cale Makar reacts to Nathan MacKinnon’s fight after Coyotes’ cheap shot
Published on August 18, 2020. Nineteen seconds into the third phase of Game 4 against the Coyotes, Makar scooped an open puck on his blue line, hit top speed, slipped Arizona defender Alex Goligoski with silly stick work, and passed the puck over goalkeeper Antti’s right pad Raanta.
Minutes later, when the Avs took a 6-1 lead, Nathan Mackinnon Coyotes striker Christian Fischer slammed Makar face-first in a skirmish set off by Arizona striker Lawson Crouse.
7. Altitude waives the exclusive rights to Avalanche and Nuggets playoff games
Published on August 11, 2020. Altitude announced in August that it had waived its exclusive rights to broadcast first-round playoff games from Avalanche and Nuggets. Therefore, all games will be available locally on national platforms.
6. NHL Announces Updated Schedule for Avalanche-Dallas Stars Playoff Series
Published on August 28, 2020. The NHL suspended the game for two days in August in protest at the racial injustice. And the fans were excited about the revised playoff schedule for the second round.
5. Comcast, NBC Sports App has violated the Blackout Rules broadcasting the Avalanche Seeding Game
Published on August 3, 2020. Comcast broke blackout rules when it hosted the Avalanche’s first seeding game on its NHL Center Ice platform on Sunday. The game against the St. Louis Blues was also shown on the NBC Sports app, which was also blacked out.
4. Traffic jams and long lines stain NHL Stadium Series game at Falcon Stadium: “It was every major mistake I feared”
Published on February 16, 2020. “It’s not that people were stupid and left late, it’s that this place has absolutely no idea how to deal with a crowd and an event of this magnitude,” says one fan.
3. Dallas Stars “Cheat” Faceoffs, Avalanche Trainer Says
Published on January 15, 2020. “You cheat it better than we do,” said Bednar. “We don’t feel that the linesmen (Tuesday) did a good job and called those responsible (the respective teams) to account in order to create a level playing field for the matches.”
2. Air Force Statement (updated) to the Denver Post regarding NHL Stadium Series issues
Published on February 16, 2020. The statement was emailed to the Denver Post following a request for comment on Saturday’s traffic jams, long concession / bathroom lines, parking issues, and other issues related to the NHL Stadium Series event at Falcon Stadium.
1. NBC will darken the avalanche area when the return to game begins on Sunday
Published on July 31, 2020. “We’re exclusive to all three of these games,” said Kenny Miller, executive vice president of Altitude, in a text message. “NBCSN will darken the avalanche area.”