Winter is finally here in the Denver Metro area, and a more recent Colorado pastime is watching The Colorado Avalanche! The Sportsbook Bar & Grill in the South Metro Denver Area is a favorite local place to watch The Colorado Avalanche. The Sportsbook is just east of I-25 on the South-side of Arapahoe Road and Dayton. The Sportsbook offers a large selection of draft beers and a made-from-scratch kitchen. Stop on by for lunch, dinner, happy hour or anytime!

¬†A couple of fun facts about The Colorado Avalanche are…

  1. The Colorado Avalanche were founded in 1972, in Quebec

  2. They were once known as the Quebec Nordiques

  3. Originally, the Av’s were a part of the World Hockey Association

  4. The Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979

  5. The Av’s relocated to Denver after the 94-95 season and were named the Colorado Avalanche

  6. After relocating to Denver, Colorado The Colorado Avalanche were the first team in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup after being relocated.

  7. The Colorado Avalanche were the first team to win all Stanley Cup Appearances (of which they went to two, one in 96 and on in 2001)

How are the Av’s Doing Today?

On the heels of their big brawl in Arizona on Saturday, the Avalanche and Coyotes meet again Wednesday, this time at the Pepsi Center. There could be some carry-over emotions from that chippy game at Gila River Arena, but the two guys who kick-started the brawl won’t likely be involved again.

Arizona forward Zac Rinaldo is expected to be slapped with a hefty NHL suspension before Wednesday’s game and Colorado rookie defenseman Sam Girard likely learned his lesson about skating up to a player of Rinaldo’s ilk when tensions are high.

Rinaldo dropped Girard to the ice with one punch Saturday, following Rinaldo‚Äôs big center-ice hit on star Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon. After Colorado‚Äôs 6-2 win, Girard, 19, told the Denver Post he wasn‚Äôt attempting to fight Rinaldo ‚ÄĒ evidenced by the fact he had his gloves on and was holding his stick.