In anticipation of the Colorado Avalanche going on a playoff run, the city of Denver is rallying behind its hockey team in a manner most official. At the capitol building downtown, Avalanche flags can be seen waving alongside the state flag, and they will remain there for as long as the Avalanche are in the playoffs. Additionally, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock proclaimed this week to be "Burgundy and Blue" week. This week, several prominent buildings downtown are decorating the skyline with burgundy and blue lights, city employees are wearing burgundy and blue apparel, several signs and streets are being illuminated burgundy and blue, and passengers at Denver International Airport are being greeted by a message from team captain Gabriel Landeskog as they ride the transport train.
There has been a resurgence of Avalanche support throughout Colorado this season. Between 2008 and 2013, when the team was struggling mightily, it felt as though interest in the team had fizzled out. Pepsi Center didn't sell out Avalanche games during that time, and it was exceedingly rare to see anyone sporting Avalanche gear. It would be fair to say that fans had been spoiled during the early years, and understandably, it was difficult to watch the team struggle in vain after the standard had been set so high. This year represents the return of Avalanche hockey as we used to know it.
It started with a bang back in October. The Avalanche opened the season with 12 wins in their first 13 games. A loud wake up call was sent throughout the state, and it continued and got louder as the season carried on. And now it's playoff time. Fans are excited about the Avalanche again. With familiar legends Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy now guiding the team in executive and coaching capacities, and with its core of immensely talented young players, a new era has begun for Colorado Avalanche hockey. The city of Denver is glowing with Avalanche colors, and the entire state is ready for a landslide.
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