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. It continues to be beloved by locals and plays October to April in a packed 19,000-seat Pepsi Center arena. 1000 Chopper Pl., Auraria, Denver, Colorado, 80204. 303/428–7645; www.coloradoavalanche.com.