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Colorado Avalanche name choices

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If you had to choose the name for the Nordiques when they came over to Colorado...from this list what name would you choose?

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Here are the old prototype logos for the Avalanche.

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The "Avalanche" was the most popular name for the team. Those other nicknames on the board would've been rejected by some of the local fans.

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They forgot the "Rocky Mountain eXtreme," which was bandied about right after the team was moved... ^_^

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They forgot the "Rocky Mountain eXtreme," which was bandied about right after the team was moved... ^_^

Old articles.

Published on July 26, 1995. Article 1 of 1 found.

SOURCE: BOB KRAVITZ

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS SPORTS COLUMNIST

ANGIE REESE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

Denver's National Hockey League team will be the Colorado Avalanche and its color scheme will be burgundy, black and another color to be determined, a source close to Comsat, the team's owner, said Tuesday.

The name, logo and colors will be unveiled Aug. 10, team officials announced. The source, who requested anonymity, refuted a report the team would be named the Rocky Mountain Avalanche. "It's definitely Colorado," he said.... 1156 words, Rocky Mountain News (CO)

Via "The Hockey News":

In 1995, then-owner Charlie Lyons wanted to rename the Quebec Nordiques the "Rocky Mountain Extreme", but a public outcry against it forced management to let fans vote eight proposed names [thank God]. Avalanche won against competitors such as Black Bears, Wranglers, and Outlaws. Colorado was the preferred dateline, not Rocky Mountain or Denver. The logo, at first ridiculed for looking like a melting mountain of soft-serve ice cream with a puck attached, soon became cool among Denver youth.

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In 1995, then-owner Charlie Lyons wanted to rename the Quebec Nordiques the "Rocky Mountain Extreme", but a public outcry against it forced management to let fans vote eight proposed names [thank God].

Coloradans were no fun.

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In 1995, then-owner Charlie Lyons wanted to rename the Quebec Nordiques the "Rocky Mountain Extreme", but a public outcry against it forced management to let fans vote eight proposed names [thank God].

Coloradans were no fun.

Or people with some sense. Thank the hockey gods that Arte Moreno wasn't part of the group!

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avalanche was clearly the best choice, but Cougars and Black Bears sound alright too. Of course this is coming from a guy who thought White Bears sounded alright from the Wild's choices of names.

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I remember seeing the Avalanche uniforms for the first time in a pre-season game and just thinking they were the worst uniforms i had ever seen... this was back with the lighter burgundy, and the black helmets with the white uniforms.

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I see on that pic.. the Avalanche logo with the double Mountaintops the one in the middle bottom of that 2nd pic...that one looked cool.. but I notice something..the current wordmark for the Avalanche seems to be a bit similiar to that one with the A now curved with the mountain snow going off....

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Double Post.

Sorry, it was running slow, and I got impatient.

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I remember seeing the Avalanche uniforms for the first time in a pre-season game and just thinking they were the worst uniforms i had ever seen... this was back with the lighter burgundy, and the black helmets with the white uniforms.

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What's happened to change your opinion?

Is it just that other jerseys are even worse?

For me, living Down Under at the time, we got no news of the move, and the first time I saw them was during coverage of the playoffs.

(Back then we only got coverage during the playoffs. Now we get even less coverage, due to the revised TV deal since the strike)

I thought they must have been an expansion team.

It was only when they showed fans in the stands with signs saying "Merci Quebec" that I twigged that this was the transplanted Nordiques.

Being the owner of a Nordiques jersey, I was disappointed.

I've hated them since.

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It might just be that I'm used to them now and back then I really was not...

1995-96

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2006-07

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The white uniform has changed a bit... the burgundy has darkened slightly and the helmet change

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I'm glad they didn't use any of those logos, they are all horrible. Hopefully they were only designed as wordmarks and never actually intended for placement on the uniform.

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It might just be that I'm used to them now and back then I really was not...

1995-96

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2006-07

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The white uniform has changed a bit... the burgundy has darkened slightly and the helmet change

Still disgusts me.

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But, of course, you've already said that's a product of the team moving, not (necessarily) the look itself.

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But, of course, you've already said that's a product of the team moving, not (necessarily) the look itself.

Well, probably a bit of both.

I didn't like them much to start off with, but the rest of it makes it worse, sure.

For one thing, the black pants.

It's looks like they're trying some sort of throwback uni thing, but it's not working.

Black looks out of place to me, given you hardly notice it on the jerseys.

It ends up with some sort of cobbled together, social league sort of look.

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As a lifelong, Detroit Red Wings fan, I hate the Colorado Avalanche (just kidding).

I've always liked their logo and uniforms. They haven't been in Denver that long, yet they established the "A" identity that is recognizeable.

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When this relocation and rebranding took place, I remember thinking that Avalanche was the name that struck me as being the best of the bunch.

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I think Avalanche is a horrible name. I'm a dinosaur in that I'm of the opinion that all nicknames should end with an s. That being said, the "A" logo is all right, but the jersey design and the silly big foot logo make the jersey one of the worst in the league. Cougars would've been a better choice. Better yet, bringing back WHL Spurs name and logo would have the best scenario.

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I think Avalanche is a horrible name. I'm a dinosaur in that I'm of the opinion that all nicknames should end with an s. That being said, the "A" logo is all right, but the jersey design and the silly big foot logo make the jersey one of the worst in the league. Cougars would've been a better choice. Better yet, bringing back WHL Spurs name and logo would have the best scenario.

The Spurs logo was horrible imo. Much better logo here...Denver Invaders of the WHL.

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I think the Avalanche possess one of the most appropriate and unique name, logo, and identity in pro sports.

Its a shame they are a hockey team or they might be one of the best looking teams in sport.

BTW, I say that last part tongue in cheek.

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I think the Avalanche possess one of the most appropriate and unique name, logo, and identity in pro sports.

Its a shame they are a hockey team or they might be one of the best looking teams in sport.

BTW, I say that last part tongue in cheek.

lol. and so you should! ha ha ha, kidding of course.

I have to say, Although I was a fan of the Nordiques look (very patriotic, hence appropriate) I think the Avs look is about 100 times better.

I'll also say that with my tongue in my cheek as I'm a big time fan of the organization for more than just the identity.

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