Colorado Avalanche 1972-73 White

Tino Paolini

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Watercolor Painting

Tino Paolini

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$695.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Medium Blue), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1972-73 Quebec Nordiques (now Colorado Avalanche) white jersey is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Colorado Avalanche uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Colorado Avalanche products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Tino Paolini for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by the National Hockey League unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by the NHL. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at .



1972-73The 1972-73 season was a big year for hockey in North America for two reasons.In September of 1972 a group of Canadian NHL all stars formed a team to face the Soviet Unions national team in an historic 8-game series. The Soviets won 3 of the first 5 games with one tie. Canada won the final 3 games of the series, thanks to some timely scoring by Paul Henderson who scored the winning goal in all three games, giving them a 4-3-1 record and bragging rights as the Series winner.  This event was the foundation of a great international hockey rivalry that continues to this day. The Soviets style of play, highlighted by their skating and passing ability, would change the way hockey was played on North American rinks.Also that year the NHL's pro-hockey monopoly was ended when the upstart World Hockey Association began play with 12 teams and a number of former NHL players. Bobby Hull was the biggest name to leave the NHL; he bolted from the Chicago Blackhawks to sign an unprecedented 10-year, $2.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.  The WHA established teams in new hockey markets like: Cleveland, Connecticut, Ottawa, Quebec City, Houston and Alberta as well as going head-to-head with the NHL in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.  The new league became a thorn in the side of the NHL for years to come as players continued to leave the NHL seeking better wages in the WHA.The Quebec Nordiques began life as a charter franchise of the WHA originally to be based in San Francisco, but because of the lack of interest the Bay area fans showed for the NHL's California Golden Seals the idea was scrapped and the franchise was sold to a group of Quebec-based businessmen headed Paul Racine. The move proved to be a wise one. The team was named the Nordiques (French for Northerners)  and was quickly embraced citizens of Quebec City who were happy to see the return of pro hockey after a 50-year absence.The team deliberately drafted players with significant French-Canadian heritages to reflect the teams home culture. Most of the teams players in their first year were relative unknowns, but they managed to secure the services of  J.C. Tremblay who was an all-star defenceman with  Montreal Canadiens, Tremblay went on to lead the team in points with, 89 (14 goals and 75 assists). The Nordiques opened their inaugural season with the greatest hockey star in the province of Quebec, Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard behind the bench as their first coach.  The Nords played their first game on October 11th losing to the Cleveland Crusaders 3-2; their second game was a 6-0 win over the Alberta Oilers. Surprisingly after only his second game behind the bench Rocket Richard decided coaching was not his thing and stepped down as coach. He was replaced by team scout Maurice Filion.The Nordiques finished the year with a 33-40-5 record, good enough for fifth place in the WHAs Eastern division, but not good enough to make the playoffs.The Nordiques original home white jersey, pictured here, was a white home jersey with red shoulders and sky blue detailing. The logo is a red hockey stick with a blue puck on its blade, leaning against a stylized lowercase red N shaped like an igloo, with a blue outline.

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