The home of the Colorado Avalanche since the 1999-00 season, Pepsi Center officially opened its doors just over two weeks before Staples Center and occupies a much smaller plot of land than its Angeleno relative. Whereas the Staples Center property takes up 950,000 square feet of Downtown Los Angeles soil, Pepsi Center sits on a more compact 675,000 square feet just east of the South Platte River and Interstate 25, a half-dozen blocks west of central Denver.

If you find a west-facing window upstairs around sunset, you can actually be treated to an above average view:

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As for the interior, the most distinguishing factor was actually installed this season. There are excellent scoreboards in Tampa Bay, Montreal, Florida, Columbus and Dallas, but nothing really compares to this behemoth. It is pretty hard to miss.

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The Avalanche have been in Denver since the 1995-96 season. They have retired five jerseys. That’s one jersey retired for every 3.4 seasons of on-ice action. Hey, you win 14 playoff series and two Stanley Cups in your first six years of post-Nordiques existence, and you’re more than entitled to celebrate the pillars of the team’s success.

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To the right of the Avalanche’s retired jerseys hang the retired jerseys of Denver Nuggets greats Alex English, David Thompson, Byron Beck, Dan Issel and Head Coach Scott Moe, whose “432” jersey represents the number of wins he presided over. The Nuggets may not have ever appeared in an NBA Finals, but boy, those were some fun run-and-gun teams to watch in the early-to-mid-1980’s. None of the players with retired jerseys played one game at Pepsi Center.

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In case anyone may have forgotten, those early-2000’s Kings teams do have some history in this building:

As for the building’s interior, as Darryl Sutter once said, “Quite honest, most of the buildings are generic, just different colors.” The 300 level:

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The Kings haven’t played a regular season game at Pepsi Center since the second game of the 2012-13 season. 105 regular season games have passed since these teams last met in Denver. While Bob and Jim won’t be broadcasting tonight’s game on television, the outstanding duo of John Forslund and Drew Remenda will provide an account of tonight’s action.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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