The Colorado Avalanche are an American professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team joined the NHL in 1972 as a charter member of the World Hockey Association, and were named the Quebec Nordiques, but moved to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche won their first Stanley Cup championship in 1996, and won another one in 2001. Having first played at the McNichols Sports Arena, the Avalanche have played their home games at the Pepsi Center since 1999. The Avalanche are owned by Stan Kroenke, Francois Giguere is their general manager, and Joe Sakic is the team captain.
There have been four head coaches for the Avalanche team. The team's first head coach was Marc Crawford, who has coached for three seasons. Bob Hartley is the team's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (359), the most regular-season game wins (193), the most regular-season points (444), the most playoff games coached (80), and the most playoff-game wins (49). Crawford and Hartley are the only head coaches to have won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals respectively. None of the Avalanche head coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder. Tony Granato, who coached two terms with the Avalanche, has spent his entire NHL head coaching career with the Avalanche. Granato was fired after the 2008–09 season.
|#||Number of coaches[a]|
|W||Wins = 2 points|
|L||Losses = 0 points|
|T||Ties = 1 point|
|OT||Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[b]|
|*||Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Avalanche|
Note: Statistics are correct through the 2008–09 season.
|1||Marc Crawford||1995–1998||246||135||75||26||306||.622||46||29||17||.630||1996 Stanley Cup championship|||
|2||Bob Hartley||1998–2002||359||193||108||58||444||.618||80||49||31||.613||2001 Stanley Cup championship|||
- a A running total of the number of coaches of the Avalanche. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
- b Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.
- c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.
- Teams. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Colorado Avalanche History. CBSSports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Arena Facts. Pepsi Center. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Team - Coaching & Staff. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Roster. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Builders by Induction Year. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.
- Sherman named Avs' GM, Granato fired as coach. Canwest (2009-06-03). Retrieved on 2009-06-03.
- Marc Crawford Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2008-07-19.
- Bob Hartley Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2008-07-19.
- Tony Granato Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2008-07-19.
- Joel Quenneville Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2008-07-19.
- Official Rules (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-26.