Whether the date is October 12, 2012, New Years Day 2013 or during the fall of 2013, the Colorado Avalanche will retire Adam Foote’s number at their next scheduled home game. The Avalanche defenseman was part of the Colorado/Quebec Nordiques franchise for most of his career and was drafted by the club in the second round of the 1989 draft.
Adam Foote was the second captain in Avalanche team history and finished his career with over 300 points and over 1,500 penalty minutes. He was a shutdown defender and part of both Stanley Cup winning teams. Foote was a loyal teammate and fan favorite for getting physical during the game. His departure from the Avalanche along with Peter Forsberg after the 2004-2005 lockout created friction with the Avalanche fan base and his return was celebrated.
The Avalanche have pegged their opening night as a day of celebration each of the last three years. Joe Sakic’s number was retired opening night in 2009, the 1996 Stanley Cup was celebrated in 2010 and Peter Forsberg’s jersey was raised to the rafters last season. The Avalanche’s attendance has been well below capacity and these games have brought in big crowds. If the lockout does not cancel the start of the season the first one is scheduled to be nationally televised. The Avalanche have not announced plans for Foote’s jersey retirement, but probably are holding off because of the potential work stoppage.
Adam Foote’s number 52 jersey would be the fifth retired by the Colorado Avalanche and likely the first to not make the Hall of Fame. He would join fellow two-time Stanley Cup winners Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21) and Goaltender Patrick Roy (33). Defenseman Ray Bourque’s number 77 was retired despite being a member of Colorado for only a year and a half, but he was a key member of the 2001 Stanley Cup team. The Quebec Nordiques retired four numbers which are now back in circulation.