The Colorado Avalanche will honor the late Pierre Lacroix tonight before the team takes on the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena in a ceremony that members of the organization and fans alike have been looking forward to.
Lacroix, Colorado's former general manager and team president, was the architect of the Avalanche's two Stanley Cup championships, which included the city of Denver's first major sports championship in 1996. He passed away on Dec. 13, 2020.
During Lacroix's time as general manager, the Avs won a league-record nine straight division championships, made six appearances in the Western Conference Final, captured two Presidents' Trophies and strung together the longest-recorded home sellout streak in NHL history at 487 consecutive games.
However, it wasn't just his on-ice achievements that made him a beloved man. The way he treated people created an atmosphere inside the organization where every player, coach, trainer and team employee felt like they mattered and were part of the family.