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Happy Sunday folks, especially to all you fathers out there. Welcome to the latest subscribers to Colorado Hockey Now. Thank you. Summer officially starts in five days, but there is plenty of Avalanche news coming in the next two weeks. You know what’s coming – draft and free agency.

Occasionally, I’ll do something what I’m doing here: posting some historical stuff on the Avs. My basement is a virtual museum of team history in some ways. I have stacks and stacks of newspaper clippings from back in the day when I actually wrote for a newspaper. I also have upward or 400-500 VHS tapes of Avs games from 1995 to about 2011. Some day, I’ll get those transferred to DVD/digital.

So, as subscribers, it’s only right that you get to see some of this stuff. The picture you see up top is from a special section of the Denver Post published on this day, June 16, 1996. The Avs had won the Cup a week before, and much of my time spent in the following days was writing copy for this section.

That photo of Joe Sakic holding the Cup for the first time was shot by John Leyba, a great former photographer with the Post.

A couple more photos:

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