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Avalanche to retire Adam Foote’s #52

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will retire former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote’s number 52 jersey on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. The Avalanche will raise Foote’s No. 52 to the rafters prior to the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center (8:00 p.m. puck drop). Details on the ceremony will be announced closer to the event.

Foote’s No. 52 will be the fifth sweater number retired in the 18-year history of the Colorado Avalanche, joining Joe Sakic (#19), Peter Forsberg (#21), Patrick Roy (#33) and Ray Bourque (#77).

Foote will be the ninth player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (#26), Michel Goulet (#16), Marc Tardif (#8) and J.C. Tremblay (#3).

Foote, 42, played 19 seasons in the NHL, 17 of those with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. He was a member of Colorado’s 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams and helped the franchise capture an NHL-record nine consecutive division titles from 1995 to 2003. Originally selected by Quebec in the second round (22nd overall) of the 1989 Entry Draft, Foote appeared in more regular season (967) and playoff games (170) than any other defenseman in franchise history.
Foote spent two seasons as Colorado’s team captain (2009-11), becoming just the second captain in Avalanche history at the time. Foote also captained the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2005-08.

Overall, Foote amassed 308 points (66g/242a) and 1,534 penalty minutes in 1,154 career games with Quebec/Colorado and Columbus. The blueliner was a combined +99 throughout his career. Foote also appeared in 170 career playoff games, second to only Sakic (172) in franchise history.
Foote is still the second-highest scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history with 259 points (56g/203a) in 967 games. He is a combined +129 in an Avs sweater, the second-highest plus/minus rating in franchise annals behind Forsberg (+210).

The Toronto native represented Canada in three Olympics: 1998, 2002 and 2006. He helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Foote won a gold medal and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He also played for Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

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SYF's avatar

Next to hang from the rafters is Greg Zanon and his epic mountain man beard.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 08/13/13 at 08:33 PM ET

Primis's avatar

WTF.  Seriously, Adam Foote?

I mean, we make fun of the Avs but, come on… this really is an embarrassment.  Just because your org has no heritage of actual elite defensemen doesn’t mean you just retire whoever to get one up there.

Seriously, 308 pts and +99 career over 19 seasons…

Posted by Primis on 08/13/13 at 11:55 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

WTF.  Seriously, Adam Foote?

I mean, we make fun of the Avs but, come on… this really is an embarrassment.  Just because your org has no heritage of actual elite defensemen doesn’t mean you just retire whoever to get one up there.

Seriously, 308 pts and +99 career over 19 seasons…

Posted by Primis on 08/13/13 at 11:55 PM ET

As opposed to Detroit who will never retire Red Kelly’s number… Who’s cares? Foote meant a lot to their organization . One of the best defensive defenseman of his era.

Posted by LiteWork on 08/14/13 at 01:21 AM ET

Primis's avatar

One of the best defensive defenseman of his era.

Posted by LiteWork on 08/14/13 at 01:21 AM ET

Hockey Reference lists comparables as Don Sweeney, Lyle Odelein, and Pavel Kubina, so let’s not be completely ridiculous with our assessments of his game an impact.

He happened to play with a COL org that has been bereft of developing defensive talent, so… just because he’s the best of that crop doesn’t mean he was actually special.

Posted by Primis on 08/14/13 at 08:17 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Jersey retiring has always differed on a team by team basis.  Detroit and Montreal are pretty much the only teams that have limited their retirements to elite HHOFers.  Yeah, Colorado’s number retirement of Bourque was a joke, but he was a good defenseman who played a big role on the Avs for many years and I don’t see how he is any worse a player then Trevor Linden (Vancouver), Glen Wesley (Carolina) or Ken Daneyko (New Jersey), among others.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 08/14/13 at 10:23 AM ET

LiteWork's avatar

Hockey Reference lists comparables as Don Sweeney, Lyle Odelein, and Pavel Kubina, so let’s not be completely ridiculous with our assessments of his game an impact.

He happened to play with a COL org that has been bereft of developing defensive talent, so… just because he’s the best of that crop doesn’t mean he was actually special.

Hockey Ref is a great site but their point shares are a joke, since they dont know how to measure defense…

This is how Phil Housley ends up as one of the all-time leaders in defensive point shares despite rarely killing penalties and being a defensive liability for much of his career.

Posted by LiteWork on 08/14/13 at 04:00 PM ET

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