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Why the Colorado Avalanche Should Retire #52

October 13th, 2012 at 6:16 PM
By Jake Green

In the short time that Colorado has been in the NHL, several of the greatest players in league history have had their numbers raised to the rafters in burgundy and steel blue. Everybody knows who they are: 19, 21, 33 and 77. So, who should be next to have their number hanging in the Pepsi Center, whether it be this season or next.

'The Captain's Foot' photo (c) 2009, Matt Boulton - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The obvious and most logical choice is number 52, Adam Foote. He suited up for the Nordiques and Avs in 967 games. His stats read 56 goals, 203 assists for 259 points, +129 and 1279 penalty minutes. His season high for points was 31, so he wasn't drafted 22nd overall in 1989 for scoring. He was a menacing defenseman with a tendency for big time body checks and blocking shots. He was never afraid to turn down a fight, especially in a teammates' honor. Just search youtube and many of his fights and checks will pop up. Even on his final shift, he punished Oiler Teemu Hartikianen in the corner. Not just a body-checking machine, he was a winner. He participated in the 1991 Memorial Cup for Sault Ste. Marie, won two Stanley Cups and gold medals for Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He already had his number 5 retired by the Greyhounds for his brilliant junior career. Maybe Avs management will do the same thing and raise #52 to its rightful place atop the Pepsi Center.

Tags: Adam Foote, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, NHL, Teemu Hartikianen

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