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Avalanche land in Denver after Stanley Cup victory

The Avalanche are back in Colorado as world champions toting an iconic sports trophy.

DENVER — The champs are here!

The Colorado Avalanche returned to Denver Monday afternoon with some new hardware.

The Avalanche landed at Denver International Airport (DIA) shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, carrying the legendary Stanley Cup trophy as champions of the National Hockey League.

The Avalanche captured the Stanley Cup with Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night. It was the third championship for the Avalanche and the first since 2001.

The Avalanche have a busy week ahead as the City of Denver will honor the team will a parade and celebration rally on Thursday.

>Watch a replay of the team's arrival in the video below: 

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