From the Colorado Avalanche Public Relations Department
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Tuesday that the organization will honor the late Pierre Lacroix prior to the Oct. 16 game against the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena. The Avalanche’s former general manager and team president passed away on Dec. 13, 2020.
The ceremony will include a banner that highlights Lacroix’s achievements being raised to the rafters to hang alongside the Avalanche’s six retired jersey numbers. Lacroix’s family will be in attendance along with some former Avalanche greats and alumni.
“Pierre meant so much not only to the organization but to the entire hockey community in Colorado,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Joe Sakic. “We are grateful that we will be able to honor him and his many accomplishments in front of his family, friends and the Avalanche fans he loved so much.”
Lacroix was the architect of the Avalanche’s two Stanley Cup championships, which included the city of Denver’s first major sports championship in 1996. During Lacroix’s time as GM, the Avs won a league-record nine straight division championships, made six appearances in the Western Conference Final, captured two Presidents’ Trophies and strung together the longest-recorded home sellout streak in NHL history at 487 consecutive games.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. that night as the ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 6 p.m.