Former Colorado Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at the age of 72.
Lacroix built the foundation for one of the finest decades of any team in NHL and major league sports history during his 12 years as the franchise's GM, first taking over the reins with the then-Quebec Nordiques in 1994. With Lacroix at the helm, the Avalanche organization won an NHL-record nine consecutive division titles, made six appearances in the Western Conference Final, earned two Presidents' Trophies (1996-97, 2000-01), won two Western Conference Championships (1996, 2001) and raised the Stanley Cup twice (1996, 2001). The organization compiled a record of 473-259-106-30 under Lacroix's leadership, the NHL's second-highest winning percentage during his time as general manager (.623).
The hockey and Colorado community continues to mourn of man who had a passion for both winning and family and remembers all he did for the Avalanche and their fans on and off the ice. Below is a reflection from friends, players, executives and many others on the life of "Uncle Pete."