DENVER (KDVR) — From the professional level down to the beginners, Denver hockey teams cleaned up in championships last season and it’s time to celebrate.
The Mile High City has been deemed “Hockey Capital USA” to honor the NHL Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche, the NCAA Champion University of Denver Pioneers, the Denver East Hockey team and the Pee-Wee Jr. Avs.
The Hockey Capital USA campaign was developed by VISIT DENVER and includes more than 200 street banners throughout the city, multiple billboards, and Denver International Airport signage and train greetings. A 60-second television spot will air in-house at Ball Arena and on cable networks of the Denver hockey teams accomplishments as well.
A giant hockey puck with the names of all 88 players from Denver’s four 2022 championship teams was unveiled by Mayor Michael Hancock and members from all four teams at Union Station on Thursday morning.
“At all levels, Denver’s hockey teams dominated the competition out there on the ice and brought home championships. And with their phenomenal play, these players captured the hearts of fans throughout Colorado and across the nation as they scored big in 2022,” Hancock said.
Forward Logan O’Connor and general manager Chris McFarland represented the Avalanche with coaches and players from the other three championship teams.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche are favored to again come out of a rough-and-tumble West that also features the reliable St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers, who can go as far as Connor McDavid will carry them. Both look to be Colorado’s biggest challengers in a season that will be defined by which team can knock off the champs.
The Avalanche open the season at home on Oct. 12 with the raising of the Stanley Cup banner at Ball Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. MT.
The 10-foot puck was revealed during festivities in front of Union Station at 9:45 a.m. Thursday and will remain there through Oct. 20. You can watch the full celebration on FOX31 NOW in the player above.
The Associated Press contributed to this post.