The Colorado Avalanche paid tribute to former team president and general manager Pierre Lacroix with a touching video and moment of silence before their game against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Lacroix, who died on Dec. 13 at the age of 72, was hired as general manager of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994 and went with the team to Colorado in 1995. He spent 19 years leading the team and retired after the 2013-14 season.
He was recognized for his success on the ice, and even more so off of it, during the pregame ceremony. In addition to building Colorado’s two Stanley Cup champion teams in 1996 and 2001, Lacroix is also credited with growing the game at youth level in the Denver area.
The Avalanche are further honoring Lacroix by having his initials on their helmets and on the dasher boards at Ball Arena.