Most-read Colorado Avalanche stories of 2020, from Avs’ playoff run to the NHL Stadium Series – The Denver Post
Here’s a look back at The Denver Post’s top 10 most popular Colorado Avalanche stories of 2020, as determined by our readers.
10. Pierre Lacroix, former Avalanche GM who built 2 Stanley Cup-winning teams, has died at 72
Published Dec. 13, 2020. The architect behind the two Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup championship teams has died. Pierre Lacroix passed away Sunday from complications from COVID-19, per Quebec media reports. Hey what 72.
Lacroix — the former Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche general manager — assembled rosters that earned NHL glory when the Avs’ current GM, Joe Sakic, twice hoisted the Stanley Cup as a player.
9. Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has practice tirade; Star rookie Cale Makar skates off early
Published July 18, 2020. Jared Bednar was as animated as he has probably ever been in his four years as Avalanche head coach, in Day 5 of the training camp 2.0 at Pepsi Center.
Bednar stopped an end-to-end 5-on-5 and unleashed an obscenity-laced tirade that included his concern about checking, the limited practices remaining before the Avs’ Aug. 2 opener in the 24-team playoffs and something about “( expletive) golfing” if things don’t go well in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city.
8. Avalanche’s Cale Makar reacts to Nathan MacKinnon fight after Coyotes’ cheap shot
Published Aug. 18, 2020. Nineteen seconds into the third period of Game 4 against the Coyotes, Makar scooped an open puck at his blue line, reached top-speed, slipped Arizona defenseman Alex Goligoski with silly stick work and backhanded the puck over the right pad of goalie Antti Raanta.
Several minutes later, with the Avs up 6-1, Nathan Mackinnon slammed Coyotes forward Christian Fischer to the ice in a skirmish ignited by Arizona forward Lawson Crouse cross-checked Makar face-first into the boards.
7. Altitude waives exclusive rights to Avalanche and Nuggets playoff games
Published Aug. 11, 2020. Altitude announced in August it waived its exclusive broadcasting rights for Avalanche and Nuggets first-round playoff games, thus all games will be available locally on national platforms.
6. NHL announces updated schedule for Avalanche-Dallas Stars playoff series
Published Aug. 28, 2020. The NHL suspended play for two days to protest racial injustice in August. And fans were eager to see the revamped second-round playoff schedule.
5. Comcast, NBC Sports app violated blackout rules broadcasting Avalanche seeding game
Published Aug 3, 2020. Comcast violated blackout rules in carrying the Avalanche’s first seeding game on its NHL Center Ice platform Sunday. The game against the St. Louis Blues was also shown on the NBC Sports app, which was subject to black out as well.
4. Traffic jams, long lines stain NHL Stadium Series game at Falcon Stadium: “It was every major failure I feared”
Published Feb. 16, 2020. “It’s not that people were being dumb and leaving too late, it’s that this place has absolutely no clue how to handle a crowd and event of this magnitude,” says one fan.
3. Dallas Stars “cheat” on faceoffs, Avalanche coach says
Published Jan 15, 2020. “They’re doing a better job of cheating on it than we are,” Bednar said. “We don’t feel like the linesmen were doing a good enough job (Tuesday), sort of holding (the respective teams) accountable to make it a level playing field on the faceoffs.”
2. Air Force (updated) statement to The Denver Post about NHL Stadium Series problems
Published Feb. 16, 2020. The statement was emailed to The Denver Post after a request was made to comment on Saturday’s traffic jams, long concession/bathroom lines, parking issues and other problems associated with the NHL Stadium Series event at Falcon Stadium.
1. NBC to black out Avalanche territory when return-to-play begins Sunday
Published July 31, 2020. “We are exclusive for all three of these games,” Altitude executive vice president Kenny Miller said in a text message. “NBCSN wants to black out Avalanche territory.”