The Colorado Avalanche franchise debuted in the National Hockey League as the Quebec Nordics in 1979

Before they moved to Colorado, however, the Nordics were a bottom-feeding team from the 1987-88 season to the 1991-92 season

They were the worst team in the NHL, along with the No. 3 seed in the entry draft

He chose Matt Sundin (1989), Owen Nolan (1990), and Eric Lindros (1991).

He left the team after some financial difficulties and was sold to a Colorado-based investor

The deal became official on July 1, 1995, and 12,000 season tickets were sold in the first 37 days of the announced relocation to Denver.

It was the second NHL franchise to play in Denver after the Colorado Rockies moved to the New Jersey Devils in 1982.