Denver Avalanche

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Denver Avalanche
Nickname(s) Avalanche
Founded 1980
Dissolved 1983
Stadium McNichols Sports Arena
Denver, Colorado
Ground Capacity 16,061
Owner United States Ron Maierhofer
Head Coach Northern Ireland 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

Notable players[edit]

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.


All Star Game MVP

Coach of the Year



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