Colorado Avalanche. This wildly popular Denver-based National Hockey League team won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and beat the New Jersey Devils for an encore in 2001. Its legendary goalie Patrick Roy retired after the 2003 season, and the team has been relatively disappointing since, but it's still beloved by locals and plays October to April in a packed 19,000-seat Pepsi Center arena. 1000 Chopper Pl., Auraria, Denver, CO, 80204. 303/405–8555. www.coloradoavalanche.com.