This was the second straight Final that featured two relocated NHL teams and the first ever Final that featured two teams playing in a city that was the previous home of one team and the present home of another. The Colorado Rockies were formerly based in Denver and were relocated to East Rutherford and renamed the New Jersey Devils prior to the 1982–83 season. The Quebec Nordiques were relocated to Denver and renamed the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 1995–96 season.
The Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup made this the second straight year that the defending champions lost in the Finals, as the Devils themselves defeated the 1999 Cup championDallas Stars the year before. This was the first and only Stanley Cup championship for defenceman Ray Bourque who, after being traded from the Boston Bruins to Colorado in 2000, retired from the NHL after the Avalanche's 2001 Cup win.
Francois Giguere (Vice President of Hockey Operations), Brian MacDonald (Asst. General Manager), Michel Goulet (Vice President of Player Personnel)
Jean Martineau (Vice President-Communications & Team Service), Pat Karns (Athletic Therapist), Matthew Sokolowski (Asst. Athletic Therapist)
Wayne Flemming (Equipment Manager), Mark Miller (Equipment Manager), Dave Randolph (Asst. Equipment Manager)
Paul Goldberg (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Gregorio Pradera (Massage Therapist), Brad Smith (Pro Scout)
Jim Hammett (Chief Scout), Garth Joy (Scout), Steve Lyons (Scout),
Joni Lehto (Scout), Orval Tessier (Scout), Charlotte Grahame (Director of Hockey Operations).
Stanley Cup engraving
† Bryan Muir was called up from the minors mid-season. He played 8 regular-season games (also played 10 games for Tampa Bay), and 3 playoff games. Colorado was given permission to include Muir's name even though he did not officially qualify (played at least 1/2 the regular season games played or one Stanley Cup Finals game).
^ Six players also won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 - Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Jon Klemm, Stephane Yelle, Patrick Roy, and Adam Foote.