Eurolanche is the first European Fan Club of Colorado Avalanche which was established on August 12, 2007. Its founder and president David Puchovsky had planned to establish some group of fans from “Old Continent” long time ago. European fans have always had more difficult situation compared with American fans and therefore the mutual help was an ideal solution. Eurolanche in the beginning was just a simple web page. Its aim was to unite fans and exchange contacts, ideas and information. After some time it was obvious that they would deserve better services and help. In March 2008, with financial help of few members, Eurolanche started as a professional web with independent domain.
2008/09: The Road to Denver
New web gave Eurolanche new face and fresh power. Eurolanche became a precedent, something unique, something that was missing on the hockey market. Members could write articles about Colorado Avalanche in mother tongue, engage in competitions, buy souvenirs in e-shop and many others. The most important feature of the web should be organization and meetings of members. Already few weeks later in summer 2008 the Fan Club organized a meeting with Peter Budaj. It was just a small step in its modern history.
Idea of organization trips for fans to Denver was born in the head of current president few months before the Fan Club was established. Eurolanche have further supported this idea and make it come true. Two trips with attendance of six Eurolanche members were organized in January and February 2009. Free tickets given by club management as well as VIP access to every player was the biggest advantage.
2008/09, the second second season in history of Eurolanche and the first with professional webpage was concluded by mutual meeting of members in Martin, Slovakia.
2009/10: The third season
The 2009/10 season turned out to be essential for Eurolanche. Besides successful organization of the third Eurolanche Invasion with participation of record-breaking six members, the new website was finally launched after countless postponements. It offered many new benefits, including a broad range of interactive features. These achievements have lead to a greater responsibility and new goals. The meeting with Paul Stastny in Slovakia was a part of the successful year.
2010/11: Turnaround and changes
The 4th season of Eurolanche Fan Club wasn´t successful for Colorado Avalanche; franchise recorded the worst season ending result in its history. It seemed like bad efforts of players did have similar affect on running of the Fan Club. At the end of unsuccessful 2010/2011 season the website was inovated again. The upgraded website has become the most successful fan website ever.
A period between 2010 and 2011 was very tough for both parties. Alongside stagnation and fall of franchise´s name on the market, Eurolanche was unsuccessful to make a trip back to Colorado, for the first time in its history. Luckily the big meeting of members was organized in Slovakia.
2011/12: The success of new era
The first season with the re-designed website has become very successful in the Eurolanche history. The daily unique number of visitors has raised up significantly. More and more fans joined Eurolanche and some of them have started to write their own stories in different languages.
New era in Eurolanche brought also the fourth trip of members to Denver. Three members had a chance to visit another series of the Avalanche home games. Meetings with players and the support of the team organization were available again. Not only the Invasion IV had the high quality coverage but also the coverage of the Avs news was on the high level. Dozens of stories were published weekly at the website.
The successful season also included several contests for the hockey memorabilia and also unforgettable moments during the Avalanche games. There has not been a reason why fans from all around the world should not join the Eurolanche. The year was ended by the meeting of members from four countries organized in Slovakia; in Bratislava for the first time.
2012/13: The lockout and shortened season
Eurolanche´s editors have successfully started the exclusive coverage thanks to the interviews with the former and current players of the Colorado Avalanche before the start and during the season 2012/13. The interviews included for example Ian Laperriere, Gabriel Landeskog, Semyon Varlamov or Ryan O´Reilly. The Eurolanche´s website has reached the credit and was sourced or quoted by several mainstream websites, as are The Hockey News, NBC Sports, Yahoo Sports or Denver Post. Sum up, in spite of the no NHL hockey for few months, the Eurolanche enjoyed the most successful part in that time.
The summer meeting with Milan Hejduk and Jan Hejda; and David Koci on the next day, will be always remembered by the Eurolanche members who came to Czech Republic.
When the NHL season had finally started, four members from Slovakia and Czech Republic organized the fifth trip to Denver, Colorado, so called Eurolanche Invasion V. Thanks its schedule it became one of the most remarkable Invasions in the history. The participants of the trip visited record-breaking number of games - seven, and one of them was played in Minnesota. Members traveled for the first Invasion away game for 14 hours in the car.
2013/14: The most read website
Colorado Avalanche entered the season 2013/14 with a new coach and a leader. The changes has had major impact on the team and Eurolanche continued in its message. Thanks dozens of exclusive interviews that was firstly published in the previous season, the official Fan Club´s website has become the most read fan website in the region.
The success part of the year included a traditional summer meeting with Jan Hejda and the organization Eurolanche Invasion VI. A record number of six members visited seven Avalanche home games and experienced unforgettable moments.
Eurolanche was regularly in the center of media attention in that time. The biggest European magazine about the NHL, Pro Hockey (famous reporter Kevin Allen writes stories there), published a recap of the Invasion VI like it was a year ago after Invasion V. The president of Eurolanche appeared on the Slovak sport TV in the talk show. One of the most popular Slovak weekly magazine ´Zivot´ (Life) published a story of the Fan Club. The biggest success was a publishing of the story at the official Colorado Avalanche website. The number of registered memebers and fans on the social networks were growing.