Colorado proved that patience pays off in the NHL
Austin Nivison, Jun 27, 2022 at 12:26 pm ET • 4 min read Getty Images
Five years ago, it was hard to imagine the Colorado Avalanche winning much of anything. They were the league’s basement-dwellers.
But then the franchise underwent an impressive rebuild, which was capped off on Sunday night by winning a Stanley Cup.
Let’s examine how they went from the bottom to the top of the NHL.
Exit Patrick Roy, enter Jared Bednar…
How the Avalanche went from rock bottom to Stanley Cup champions in five years – CBSSports.com
Los Angeles Kings left wing Austin Wagner, front, picks up the puck as Colorado Avalanche cente … Los Angeles Kings left wing Austin Wagner, front, picks up the puck as Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The Kings won 3-1. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto
The NHL’s trend of outdoor games continues Saturday when the Golden Knights play the Colorado Avalanche at Lake Tahoe’s Edgewood Tahoe Resort Golf Course in Stateline.
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To celebrate the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs in their inaugural season, New York New York Hotel & Casino dressed their Statue of Liberty in a Vegas Golden Knights jersey. Friday, April 13, 2018. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare didn’t know what to do as he browsed in the grocery store. Fans were admiring the native Frenchman and center for the Vegas Golden Knights, but he had become star-struck himself.“I’m pretty sure I saw Steffi Graf,” Bellemare said.
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