The Colorado Avalanche organization pre-dates their time in Colorado, and the NHL for that matter. The organization was originally formed as the Quebec Nordiques in 1972, as a member of the World Hockey Association. It wasn't until 1979 that the organization joined the NHL. They remained in Quebec for 16 more years before moving to Colorado where they became the Colorado Avalanche. Since their move to Colorado the Avalanche have won, won, and won some more. The Avalanche have nine division titles to their credit- 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2014. They have won the Presidents' Trophy twice- 1997, and 2001. They have won the Western Conference twice- 1996, and 2001. Both of those also turned into Stanley Cup wins. Yes, the Avalanche were definitely the team of the era from 1996 to 2003. Those teams were anchored by Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, as well as goaltender Patrick Roy, widely considered to be one of the two or three greatest goaltenders who ever lived.
Ironically the Avalanche are currently coached by the great Patrick Roy. They have collected a nice group of young talent as well. The most notable is 22-year-old left winger Gabriel Landeskog, who currently serves as the team captain. On September 4, 2012, Landeskog was named the team captain, and in doing so, became the youngest captain in NHL history.
The Colorado Avalanche had an average 2015-2016 season. The Avalanche finished the season with just 82 points, finishing 5 points behind the 8th place Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche did not have a great finish to the season as they went 2-8 in their last 10 games, losing their last six. Still the Avalanche have some good young players already on their roster. For example, 21-year-old center Nathan McKinnon who recorded 21 goals and 31 assists a year ago. Also look for 19-year-old winger Mikko Rantanen, the 2015 first round draft choice of the Avalanche, to take a big step forward this season. The Avalanche ended up with the 10th selection overall in this draft, and drafted 18-year-old Tyson Jost, who will play for the University of North Dakota this season.