1995-96 Colorado Avalanche Season
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1995%E2%80%9396 Colorado Avalanche Season
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche
Stanley Cup champions
Western Conference champions
Pacific Division champions
Division1st Pacific
Conference2nd Western
1995-96 record47-25-10
Home record24-10-7
Road record23-15-3
Goals for326 (2nd)
Goals against240 (T-8th)
Team information
General ManagerPierre Lacroix
CoachMarc Crawford
CaptainJoe Sakic
Alternate captainsMike Ricci
Sylvain Lefebvre
ArenaMcNichols Sports Arena
Team leaders
GoalsJoe Sakic (51)
AssistsPeter Forsberg (86)
PointsJoe Sakic (120)
Penalty minutesChris Simon (250)
WinsPatrick Roy
Stephane Fiset (22)
Goals against averagePatrick Roy (2.68)

The 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche season was the first season of the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise after moving from Quebec City to Denver. As a result, the Avalanche were assigned to the Pacific Division of the NHL's Western Conference.

Regular season

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 conceded 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. Despite allowing the most short-handed goals in the league, with 22, they also scored the most short-handed goals, with 21.[3] Four Avalanche players scored at least 30 goals.[4]

  • December 11, 1995: Patrick Roy earned his first victory in net as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.[5] 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.[6]

  • February 5, 1996: Patrick Roy played the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.[7] 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.[8]

Season standings

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

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

Western Conference[9]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p - Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
3 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
4 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
5 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
6 Calgary Flames PAC 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
7 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
8 Winnipeg Jets CEN 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
10 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
11 Dallas Stars CEN 82 26 42 14 227 280 66
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Divisions: CEN - Central, PAC - Pacific

bold - Qualified for playoffs; p - Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results

Playoffs

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.[10]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.[11] 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.[12]

Player statistics

Regular season
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Joe Sakic C 82 51 69 120 44 14 17 6 7
Peter Forsberg C 82 30 86 116 47 26 7 3 3
Valeri Kamensky LW 81 38 47 85 85 14 18 1 5
Claude Lemieux RW 79 39 32 71 117 14 9 2 10
Scott Young RW 81 21 39 60 50 2 7 0 5
Sandis Ozolinsh D 66 13 37 50 50 0 7 1 1
Adam Deadmarsh RW 78 21 27 48 142 20 3 0 2
Chris Simon LW 64 16 18 34 250 10 4 0 1
Stephane Yelle C 71 13 14 27 30 15 0 2 1
Craig Wolanin D 75 7 20 27 50 25 0 3 0
Mike Ricci C 62 6 21 27 52 1 3 0 1
Andrei Kovalenko RW 26 11 11 22 16 11 3 0 3
Troy Murray C 63 7 14 21 22 15 0 0 1
Mike Keane RW 55 10 10 20 40 1 0 2 2
Alexei Gusarov D 65 5 15 20 56 29 0 0 0
Curtis Leschyshyn D 77 4 15 19 73 32 0 0 1
Adam Foote D 73 5 11 16 88 27 1 0 1
Sylvain Lefebvre D 75 5 11 16 49 26 2 0 0
Martin Rucinsky LW 22 4 11 15 14 10 0 0 1
Jon Klemm D 56 3 12 15 20 12 0 1 1
Rene Corbet LW 33 3 6 9 33 10 0 0 0
Warren Rychel LW 52 6 2 8 147 6 0 0 1
Owen Nolan RW 9 4 4 8 9 -3 4 0 0
Uwe Krupp D 6 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0
John Slaney D 7 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 0
Paul Brousseau RW 8 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
Dave Hannan C 4 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Janne Laukkanen D 3 1 0 1 0 -1 1 0 0
Landon Wilson RW 7 1 0 1 6 3 0 0 0
Stephane Fiset G 37 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Josef Marha C 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Anders Myrvold D 4 0 1 1 6 -2 0 0 0
Claude Lapointe LW/C 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Aaron Miller D 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick Roy G 39 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Jocelyn Thibault G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Stephane Fiset 2107 37 22 6 7 103 2.93 1 1012 909 .898
Patrick Roy 2305 39 22 15 1 103 2.68 1 1130 1027 .909
Jocelyn Thibault 558 10 3 4 2 28 3.01 0 222 194 .874
Team: 4970 82 47 25 10 234 2.82 2 2364 2130 .901
Playoffs
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Joe Sakic C 22 18 16 34 14 10 6 0 6
Valeri Kamensky LW 22 10 12 22 28 11 3 0 2
Peter Forsberg C 22 10 11 21 18 10 3 0 1
Sandis Ozolinsh D 22 5 14 19 16 5 2 0 1
Mike Ricci C 22 6 11 17 18 -1 3 0 1
Adam Deadmarsh RW 22 5 12 17 25 8 1 0 0
Uwe Krupp D 22 4 12 16 33 5 1 0 2
Scott Young RW 22 3 12 15 10 6 0 0 0
Claude Lemieux RW 19 5 7 12 55 5 3 0 0
Alexei Gusarov D 21 0 9 9 12 13 0 0 0
Rene Corbet LW 8 3 2 5 2 3 1 0 1
Mike Keane RW 22 3 2 5 16 1 0 0 1
Stephane Yelle C 22 1 4 5 8 2 0 1 0
Sylvain Lefebvre D 22 0 5 5 12 6 0 0 0
Adam Foote D 22 1 3 4 36 11 0 0 0
Jon Klemm D 15 2 1 3 0 6 1 0 0
Curtis Leschyshyn D 17 1 2 3 8 4 0 0 0
Chris Simon LW 12 1 2 3 11 -2 0 0 0
Dave Hannan C 13 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 0
Warren Rychel LW 12 1 0 1 23 4 0 0 0
Craig Wolanin D 7 1 0 1 8 2 0 0 1
Stephane Fiset G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Troy Murray C 8 0 0 0 19 -4 0 0 0
Patrick Roy G 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Patrick Roy 1454 22 16 6 51 2.10 3 649 598 .921
Stephane Fiset 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Team: 1455 22 16 6 51 2.10 3 649 598 .921

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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 records

Team trophies

Player awards and trophies

1996 NHL All-Star Game

Colorado Avalanche NHL All-Star representatives in the 1996 NHL All-Star Game at the FleetCenter in Boston.

Transactions

Trades

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 transactions

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

Roster

[4]

Draft picks

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 Canada Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
2 51 Nic Beaudoin Canada Canada Detroit Jr. Red Wings (OHL)
3 77 John Tripp Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 81 Tomi Kallio Finland Finland Kiekko-67 Turku (FinD1)
5 129 Brent Johnson United States United States Owen Sound Platers (OHL).
6 155 John Cirjak Canada Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
7 181 Dan Smith Canada Canada University of British Columbia (CIAU)
8 207 Tomi Hirvonen Finland Finland Ilves Jrs. (Finland)
9 228 Chris George Canada Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)

See also

References

General

Footnotes

  1. ^ "October 6, 1995 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche gamesheet". Colorado Avalanche Database. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Sadowski, Rick (2006-06-29). "Roy gets call he's in Hall". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved .
  3. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1996.html
  4. ^ a b https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/COL/1996.html
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ "1995-1996 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL.
  10. ^ Ulman, Howard (1996-06-11). "No stopping the Avalanche - Colorado completes Cup sweep of Panthers with 3OT victory". Associated Press. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Miscellaneous/Community/Altitude" (PDF). Colorado Avalanche. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Triple Gold Club" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-29. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "1995-96 Colorado Avalanche Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved .

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