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A Brief History of the Quebec Nordiques

The franchise began NHL play in 1979 and spent 16 seasons in Quebec City

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Before the Colorado Avalanche arrived in the Mile High City, the team was the Nordiques and was home north of the border in Quebec City, Quebec.

The Quebec Nordiques began play in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association before joining the NHL as part of a four-team expansion in 1979. During the team's seven years competing in the WHA, it won two division titles and the Avco World Trophy in 1977 as league champions.

Quebec, along with the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, joined the NHL in 1979 after a merger agreement was reached between the WHA and the NHL. The Nordiques, which translates to Northerner or Northmen in English, played their first game in the National Hockey League on Oct. 10, 1979 against the Atlanta Flames.

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Quincey Family Appreciative of Support For Son Axl

Former Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey's youngest son is battling Ependymoma

by John Wagner CoAmateurHockey / www.CO.Hockey

The following story appeared online on Colorado Hockey Hub. Go to www.CO.Hockey for more stories and the latest information on amateur hockey in Colorado.

Kyle and Rachel Quincey were concerned last March when their son, Axl, developed a fever. But doctors believed it was the flu, and that it would run its course.

"Then Axl's personality changed, and he became very irritable," Rachel Quincey said. "At first he was a very independent baby, but then he wanted to be held all the time. And he wanted to lay flat rather than be in an upright position."

None of that prepared the Quincey family for the bad news: their son had Ependymoma, a rare type of tumor of the brain or spinal cord. Since that diagnosis on March 30, just two days before Axl's first birthday and during the early stages of this country's battle with COVID-19, the family had to deal with restrictions to travel and hospital visitation as well as their son's cancer diagnosis.

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Devon Toews Grateful for Opportunity with Avalanche

Defenseman signed a four-year deal with Colorado on Tuesday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

After joining the Colorado Avalanche organization two weeks prior, Devon Toews now knows he will be with the Avs through the 2023-24 season. 

The defenseman signed a four-year deal with Colorado on Tuesday after the team acquired him from the New York Islanders on Oct. 12 in exchange for a second-round selection in both the 2021 and 2022 NHL Drafts.

"I am grateful to (general manager) Joe [Sakic] and the staff for putting their faith in me for four years," Toews said. "We are so excited just to be able to settle down somewhere. It's a crazy time right now with a lot of moving parts in the league, and just the world in general. To kind of have that security to know that we can settle down and try to start a family here in one place without having to worry about moving around is something we are very excited about."

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Avs Trade For Depth To Go On Deep Playoff Run

Colorado adds Brandon Saad and Devon Toews to start free agency

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic hinted prior to the start of free agency that the trade route might be the best way for his club to add reinforcements to its roster this offseason.

While Sakic certainly perused the free agent market for NHL talent, he found exactly what he wanted in a top-six winger and depth defenseman by making a couple of deals.

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Saad Brings Championship Pedigree to Avalanche

Colorado acquired the two-time Stanley Cup champion from Chicago

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

When the Colorado Avalanche added Brandon Saad to its roster, the organization acquired a forward that knows what it takes to win.

Saad is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won the title with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015, and is just 27 years old.

"We think he's going to be a great fit and do a tremendous job," said Colorado executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic. "He is a really good two-way player. He goes to the net; he gets his goals. We have a lot of great shooters, perimeter shooters, but he will be getting to the front of the net and getting those dirty goals. And we just think that he is a versatile player, can play anywhere in the lineup, and we think it's going to be a great addition."

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Avalanche Could Be Patient in Free Agency

Colorado looking for the right fit with excess supply in the market

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

After adding upgrades to its farm system this week by selecting five players in the 2020 NHL Draft, next up on the Colorado Avalanche's offseason list is getting reinforcements for its own roster in free agency.

Teams can begin signing free agents at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, and the crop of talent that is available this year is one of the largest in recent history. The Avs have salary cap flexibility at the moment, but they also need to sign many of their current skaters (restricted free agents) and will likely take a patient approach when it comes to adding additional players to the lineup.

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Good Vibes Started Early for Avs at 2020 Draft

Colorado selected five skaters in the virtual draft

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

When the Colorado Avalanche opened the 2020 NHL Draft by selecting defenseman Justin Barron with the 25th overall pick, director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple had a feeling that this year's event would be favorable for the Avs.

Colorado drafted five players in total in 2020, selecting Barron in the first round before adding forwards Jean-Luc Foudy, Colby Ambrosio, Ryder Rolston and Nils Aman in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds respectively.

"I said last night when we got Justin Barron at 25, it made me feel like today was going to be a good day for some reason. I don't know what it was. Maybe it was getting that guy at 25 and not having a second-round pick, and getting somebody that we really coveted kind of made up for not having the second-round pick," Hepple said after the draft concluded on Wednesday. "Then when Jean-Luc Foudy and Colby Ambrosio drop, it's like 'whoa, this is getting good.' Then to be able to pick Ryder Rolston and get that guy that we like--the game, we like how he plays with speed--we were very happy. And then to get the big center (Aman) that we can leave in Europe and develop, it's a win-win for everybody. For us, the Avs, and the prospect."

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Learn More About Jean-Luc Foudy

Forward picked in the third round by the Avalanche in the 2020 draft

by @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

Jean-Luc Foudy was selected 75th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Wednesday. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound center recorded 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) in 59 contests with the Windsor Spitfires in 2019-20, his second campaign in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Avs Add Another Maritime Talent in Justin Barron

Avalanche-drafted defenseman is the fifth player from Nova Scotia in the organization

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

As the 2020 NHL Draft was moving to the final picks of the first round and with midnight approaching on the Canadian Eastern Seaboard, Justin Barron and his family continued watching the first round unfold from their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, patiently waiting to see if the 18-year-old's name would be called and a dream realized.

The Colorado Avalanche put an end to the wait just past 11 p.m. Atlantic Time on Tuesday as the club selected Barron with the 25th overall pick, making him the fourth player born in Nova Scotia to be drafted by the franchise.

"It was a long night sitting there, but it's all worth it," Barron said in a video conference call at the conclusion of Round 1. "I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Avalanche organization."

The Halifax Mooseheads' team captain for the 2020-21 campaign checks off all the boxes the Avs were looking for in its first-round pick as he possesses a high hockey IQ, strong skating and the ability to play the game fast.

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Learn More About Justin Barron

The defenseman was selected No. 25 overall by the Avs at the 2020 NHL Draft

by @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

Justin Barron was selected 25th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman appeared in 34 games for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2019-20 and led all rear guards on his team with 19 points (four goals, 15 assists).

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