|Stadium||McNichols Sports Arena
|Head Coach||Dave Clements|
|League||Major Indoor Soccer League|
The Denver Avalanche was an American soccer team based out of Denver, Colorado that played in the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1980 to 1982. Their home arena was McNichols Sports Arena. They should not be confused with the state's current NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche.
In February 1980, the Major Indoor Soccer League awarded a franchise to Ron Maierhofer, to be named the Denver Avalanche. The team's first three players, all signed the same day were Tony Graham, Chris Cattaneo and Adrian Brooks. The team's first draft pick Erhardt Kapp passed on the Avalanche and signed with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League instead. The team's first game, an exhibition match, took place on November 3, 1980, a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Steamers. Coached by Dave Clements, the Avalanche finished the regular season out of playoff contention, but in 1982, they made the playoffs only to fall to the St. Louis Steamers in the first round. Clements was named the 1982 MISL Coach of the Year. The team entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1983.
|Year||Record||Regular Season||Playoffs||Avg. Attendance|
|1980–1981||16-24||3rd Western Division||Did not qualify||7,699|
|1981–1982||19-25||4th Western Division||First Round||7,653|
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
- Oscar Albuquerque (1980–82)
- Ralph Black (1981–82)
- Adrian Brooks (1980–82)
- Neil Cohen (1981–82)
- Albert Gudmondsson (1981–1982)
All Star Game MVP
- 1980-1981: Adrian Brooks
Coach of the Year
- 1981-1982: Dave Clements
- The Year in American Soccer - 1981
- The Year in American Soccer - 1982
- Denver Avalanche roster
- Page with team logo
- No Money Down: How to Buy a Sports Franchise by Ron Maierhofer