New ESPN Doc About Avs, Red Wings Rivalry Scores With Fans


Hockeymania has infected Colorado, with the Avs lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years. And although the NHL season is over — aside from the June 30 championship parade and rally in Denver — there's one more treat for local hockey fans to enjoy this summer.

On June 26, ESPN released a two-hour documentary, Unrivaled: Red Wings v Avalanche, that's must-see television for Colorado sports fans and hockey fans in general.

The documentary focuses on the bitter rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche that began in the 1995-1996 season, the first year that the Avs were playing in Denver after moving from Quebec City, where the team had been competing as the Nordiques.

The film includes footage from games and also interviews with players, coaches, staff and journalists who were following the team at the time. Claude Lemieux, who played for the Avs in the 1990s, and Darren McCarty, a forward for the Detroit Red Wings back then, were interviewed by the filmmakers at a recent Red Wings fan event, and relate how the two-team rivalry started at the 1996 Western Conference Finals, when the game was much more violent. more: World Juniors Online