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Remembering Pierre Lacroix

The hockey community reflects on the life of the former Avalanche president and general manager

by ColoradoAvalanche.com @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

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."

Tweet from @Avalanche: A statement from Stan Kroenke regarding the passing of Pierre Lacroix. pic.twitter.com/kyjb5u5FCC

Tweet from @Avalanche: A statement from Joe Sakic regarding the passing of Pierre Lacroix. pic.twitter.com/Mu4GUVYgkY

Tweet from @AlumniColorado: A statement from Avalanche Alumni President John-Michael Liles on the passing of Pierre Lacroix. pic.twitter.com/duFmkp9acP

Tweet from @RayBourque77: Christiane and I send our sincerest condolences to Colombe, Martin, Eric, Jill, Maxime, Mia and Ty. He will be greatly missed by the Bourque Family and the entire hockey community. Rest In Peace Pierre. pic.twitter.com/Vpq2OkCVDz

Tweet from @6ErikJohnson: Very sad to hear this! Pierre was larger than life. I���ll always remember him welcoming me to Denver in 2011 with open arms. His fingerprints are all over the Avalanche, past & present. My thoughts go out to his entire family. https://t.co/USty8MtsMC

Tweet from @hoosierjm26: I owe so much of my career to Pierre Lacroix. From drafting me, to giving a short kid from Indiana a chance to play in the NHL. Absolutely devastating news to hear of his passing. RIP sir. You always set the example, and it was easy to follow.

Tweet from @SlyLef02: No words can express my gratitude for playing such a big role in my life. You've left us way too soon. You'll never be forgotten! Sincere condolences to my best friend Eric, Jill, Max, Mia and Ty. To your mom Coco and brother Martin. RIP Uncle Pete!

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the passing of Pierre Lacroix. https://t.co/IRtyHBCXAO pic.twitter.com/eIsEsqp9fP

Tweet from @CroMarcCrawford: 26yrs ago Pierre Lacroix gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. Together in Quebec and Colorado he did everything he could to help us, Make the playoffs, Finish atop of our division each year, and, Win the 1996 Stanley Cup. He was our Leader and the Av���s undisputed Architect...

Tweet from @CroMarcCrawford: He ran our team like a Family, always making sure every person was taken care of. This wasn���t an act , it was how he lived. He was a great husband to his wife, Colombe, Great father to Eric and Martin and he was Uncle Pete to all the kids of anyone involved with the Avalanche...

Tweet from @CroMarcCrawford: He was so passionate about life and hockey. His competitiveness was matched only by his sense of humour. He loved to win, He loved to laugh and he has left us all with so many great memories. Gone too soon. RIP Uncle Pete

Tweet from @Broncos: Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to the @Avalanche and the Lacroix family with the passing of long-time GM Pierre Lacroix, who played an instrumental role in the championship tradition of Colorado sports teams. https://t.co/5wTbwDBxb

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: The Montreal Canadiens are saddened to learn of the passing of former Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche GM, Pierre Lacroix. Our sincere condolences go out to Pierre's family and the Avalanche organization. Pierre was a great man admired and respected by all.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: Our thoughts and prayers go out to Flames pro scout Eric Lacroix and his family after the passing of his father Pierre, one of the legends in our game. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/vNAIDBAHRP

Tweet from @LAKings: RIP Pierre Lacroix A trailblazer in the game of hockey. We will miss your kind nature and friendship. Our condolences to the Lacroix and Avalanche Families. pic.twitter.com/My8EkKrSt8

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Statement from Doug Wilson regarding the passing of Pierre Lacroix. pic.twitter.com/AODlHW0tyy

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We are saddened to learn of the passing of former NHL GM, Pierre Lacroix. In addition to being one of the most respected and admired GMs in the business, he was a tremendous person and supporter of the game of hockey.Our deepest condolences go out to Pierre's family and friends

Tweet from @RadioMoser: Have been in shock.....A absolute legend, architect & father figure. A man who was always kind to me & beyond fair with what he asked of me. The supreme dealmaker. He brought the first major championship to Denver & grew the game in unimaginable ways. This is heartbreaking. https://t.co/tRFVPIheyx

Tweet from @kylekeefetv: pic.twitter.com/HcNok9IGhr

Tweet from @celinedion: Je suis attrist��e d���apprendre le d��c��s de Pierre Lacroix. Pierre ��tait le meilleur ami de Ren�� & nous avons partag�� des moments merveilleux avec lui & son ��pouse Coco. Mes pens��es vont �� Coco, Martin, ��ric & toute la famille. Avec tout notre amour, C��line, RC, Nelson & Eddy xx��� pic.twitter.com/RR5ddRuCCo

Tweet from @leiweketim: We lost a very good man today. My heart goes out to Pierre LaCroix family and friends. A great friend and partner. Heaven got a bit brighter and happier today. God Bless you Pierre!

Tweet from @TedLeonsis: RIP Pierre Lacroix. A true gentleman, team and culture builder and winner. https://t.co/g7Wjs43zQj

Tweet from @sgovett: Crushed today learning of the passing of Pierre Lacroix. From the moment the @MammothLax arrived in DVR he treated me/us like family. His example of culture building has always guided me. Treat people like professionals and they will live up to your expectations.#RipPierreLacroix pic.twitter.com/aSRmqEGg0A

Tweet from @Dave_Stubbs: 2/2 At Patrick Roy's No. 33 @CanadiensMTL retirement in 2008, Roy and Pierre Lacroix talked about some mischief the goalie got into with the 1993 Stanley Cup and a finishing nail, illustrating how much Lacroix meant to his career. My Montreal Gazette story: #RIPPierreLacroix pic.twitter.com/AXFRtLuI41

Tweet from @Burkie2020: Sad news about Pierre Lacroix. Great guy and top hockey executive. An even better family man. Rest In Peace, Father Pete.

Tweet from @TSNBobMcKenzie: BTW, Pierre was a terrible source. Gave up nothing. Sort of like Don Baizley in that regard. I like to think Baiz and Pierre are getting caught up now. Pierre had a joie de vivre. Uncle Pete was a big, warm bear of a man with a great laugh, easy smile and a twinkle in his eye.

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