For those of you who are counting, it has been 21 years since the Colorado Avalanche last appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals. So, as the team prepares to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning starting Wednesday, it’s fair to say that a lot has changed in those two decades.
Here are 10 pop culture moments from the last time the Avs were in the finals (against the New Jersey Devils) that are guaranteed to make you feel old.
The Avs’ home rink, the Pepsi Center, was brand spanking new, having opened in 1999
The Avs themselves were also pretty new to town. The team moved from Quebec to the Mile High City in 1995. In 2021, the Pepsi Center was renamed Ball Arena, coincidentally 21 years after it was built.
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The average home price in the Denver region was $233,160
That’s according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. By 2021, the average price had increased to $503,200. Within the region, which includes Denver, Aurora and Lakewood, the agency reported Denver County’s average price was the highest at $558,500.
In May 2022, the median home price in Denver was $684,550, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. The median home price statewide was $600,000, reported the Colorado Association of Realtors.
“Gladiator” won the Oscar for “Best Picture”
Additional nominees included “Chocolat,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Erin Brockovich,” and “Traffic.”
Apple reinvented the Walkman with the debut of the very first iPod
The original MP3 player, released on Oct. 23, 2001, boasted 10 hours of battery life and the ability to hold up to 1,000 songs. In May of this year, Apple announced it would discontinue the iPod, meaning the device lived and died between the Avs’ Stanley Cup runs.
The classic Nokia, formally known as Nokia 3310, was the most popular cell phone
Who remembers the mobile game Snake?
Then-couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake made a denim statement at the American Music Awards
The double-denim look was iconic and inspired a similar look by Riff Raff and Katy Perry more than a decade later.
Bromance, twerking and anti-vaxxer were added to the dictionary
These words are still relevant 21 years later.
Destiny’s Child was the Billboard Hot 100’s top artist of the year
The No. 1 Hot 100 single was “Hanging By a Moment” by Lifehouse.
The Harry Potter movie franchise made its debut
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” came out in the fall of 2001, when stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were ages 12, 11 and 13, respectively.
Billie Eilish was born
While it wasn’t news at the time, Eilish, now a mega pop star thanks to hits like “Ocean Eyes” and “Bad Guy,” was born Dec. 18, 2001.
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