1995–96 Colorado Avalanche season

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1995–96 Colorado Avalanche
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)
Team information
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)
< 1994–95 1996–97>

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[edit]

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. 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[edit]

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
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[edit]

1995–96 Game log

Playoffs[edit]

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]

1996 Stanley Cup playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 82 51 69 120 44 14 17 6 7
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 82 30 86 116 47 26 7 3 3
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 81 38 47 85 85 14 18 1 5
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 79 39 32 71 117 14 9 2 10
Young, ScottScott Young RW 81 21 39 60 50 2 7 0 5
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 66 13 37 50 50 0 7 1 1
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 78 21 27 48 142 20 3 0 2
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 64 16 18 34 250 10 4 0 1
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 71 13 14 27 30 15 0 2 1
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 75 7 20 27 50 25 0 3 0
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 62 6 21 27 52 1 3 0 1
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 26 11 11 22 16 11 3 0 3
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 63 7 14 21 22 15 0 0 1
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 55 10 10 20 40 1 0 2 2
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 65 5 15 20 56 29 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 77 4 15 19 73 32 0 0 1
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 73 5 11 16 88 27 1 0 1
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 75 5 11 16 49 26 2 0 0
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 22 4 11 15 14 10 0 0 1
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 56 3 12 15 20 12 0 1 1
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 33 3 6 9 33 10 0 0 0
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 52 6 2 8 147 6 0 0 1
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan RW 9 4 4 8 9 -3 4 0 0
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 6 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 0
Slaney, JohnJohn Slaney D 7 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 0
Brousseau, PaulPaul Brousseau RW 8 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 4 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 3 1 0 1 0 -1 1 0 0
Wilson, LandonLandon Wilson RW 7 1 0 1 6 3 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 37 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Marha, JosefJosef Marha C 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Myrvold, AndersAnders Myrvold D 4 0 1 1 6 -2 0 0 0
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 39 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 2107 37 22 6 7 103 2.93 1 1012 909 .898
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 2305 39 22 15 1 103 2.68 1 1130 1027 .909
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn 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
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 22 18 16 34 14 10 6 0 6
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 22 10 12 22 28 11 3 0 2
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 22 10 11 21 18 10 3 0 1
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 22 5 14 19 16 5 2 0 1
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 22 6 11 17 18 -1 3 0 1
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 22 5 12 17 25 8 1 0 0
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 22 4 12 16 33 5 1 0 2
Young, ScottScott Young RW 22 3 12 15 10 6 0 0 0
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 19 5 7 12 55 5 3 0 0
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 21 0 9 9 12 13 0 0 0
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 8 3 2 5 2 3 1 0 1
Keane, MikeMike Keane RW 22 3 2 5 16 1 0 0 1
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 22 1 4 5 8 2 0 1 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 22 0 5 5 12 6 0 0 0
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 22 1 3 4 36 11 0 0 0
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 15 2 1 3 0 6 1 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 17 1 2 3 8 4 0 0 0
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 12 1 2 3 11 -2 0 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 13 0 2 2 2 3 0 0 0
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 12 1 0 1 23 4 0 0 0
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 7 1 0 1 8 2 0 0 1
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Murray, TroyTroy Murray C 8 0 0 0 19 -4 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 1454 22 16 6 51 2.10 3 649 598 .921
Fiset, StephaneStephane 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[edit]

Team trophies[edit]

Player awards and trophies[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

1995-96 Colorado Avalanche
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

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Draft picks[edit]

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 U. of British Columbia (CIAU)
8 207 Tomi Hirvonen Finland Finland Ilves Jrs. (Finland)
9 228 Chris George Canada Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "October 6, 1995 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche gamesheet". Colorado Avalanche Database. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  2. ^ Sadowski, Rick (2006-06-29). "Roy gets call he's in Hall". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1996.html
  4. ^ a b http://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 2007-03-25. 
  11. ^ "Miscellaneous/Community/Altitude" (PDF). Colorado Avalanche. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  12. ^ "Triple Gold Club" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  13. ^ "1995-96 Colorado Avalanche Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10.