When the Avs started playing here hockey was a novelty. The Avalanche were an instant championship team with dynamic star power. The rich and elite of Denver wanted to be seen around the Avalanche players because of their natural
humbleness humility and social responsibility. What has happened since then?:
- The original star players have either been traded or retired or have become injured and moved back to Sweden to live in international hockey ambiguity.
- The lockout hurt the popularity of the NHL in general.
- The salary cap made the GM's job much less publicly entertaining.
- The Avs mediocre seasons hurt their trendiness.
It's true hockey fans and true Avalanche fans who pay attention now. Hockey is no longer a novelty in Colorado. Most of the people who go to games now understand what icing is and why it can be waved off. They know what delayed penalties mean what "cycling the puck" is. I think we're starting to see how popular hockey really is in Denver and maybe there just isn't as many real hockey fans in Denver as we thought.