Last week, the Colorado Avalanche announced plans to honor former defenseman Adam Foote. At some point next season, the team will retire Foote’s No. 52 jersey and raise it to the rafters of the Pepsi Center. Foote played for the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques in all but two of his 19 NHL seasons, coming to the organization as a second round pick in the 1989 draft.
The Avalanche have previously retired the numbers of Ray Bourque, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy. Foote was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1996 and 2001, and served as team captain from 2009-2011. He played more than 1150 games and finished his career with 66 goals and 308 points. Foote also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, serving as their captain from 2005-08. His best years for the Avalanche came from 2002-2004, as Foote scored a career-high 11 goals and had 31 points during the 2002-03 season before scoring eight goals and registering 30 points the following season.
In addition to his success with the Avalanche, Foote also represented Canada on the international stage several times. He won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and won a World Cup championship in 2004. The honor is a great move by the Avalanche, especially since they have already retired the jersey of Bourque, who only played for the franchise for one full season. It will also give fans a chance to reflect on happier times, since this season has been a complete disappointment. The jersey retirement ceremony could be the last for the team for quite a while unless they decide to also honor Milan Hejduk after he hangs up his skates.