| Ross Lonsberry |
On this date in 1978 and 2000, the Flyers faced off against a team from Colorado.
In 1978, the Flyers defeated the Colorado Rockies at the Spectrum, 6-2. In the game, Ross Lonsberry recorded a hat trick to lead the Flyers.
In 2000, the Flyers lost to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver, 3-1.
The Rockies actually started out as the Kansas City Scouts for the 1974-75 season. After two seasons in Kansas City, the team was moved to Denver and renamed the Colorado Rockies for the 1976-77 season. After six seasons in Colorado, the Rockies were transferred to New Jersey and the Devils were born for the 1982-83 season. In the first 13 seasons of the franchise, the team made the playoffs only once, for the 1977-78 season. The Rockies lost that Preliminary Round series, two games to none, to the Flyers.
After 16 NHL seasons in Quebec, the Nordiques were sold and transferred to Colorado for the 1995-96 season. Unlike the Rockies, the Avalanche have qualified for the playoffs in each of their nine seasons in Colorado.