The number of former Colorado Avalanche players in the Hockey Hall of Fame will increase from four to six on November 17 when Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake are inducted with the class of 2014. They will Join Jari Kurri, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic as former Avalanche players in the Hall. Of the four current members, only Roy and Sakic earned their Hall of Fame status during their years with Colorado. The other members of the class of 2014 are Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, referee Bill McCreary and the late coach Pat Burns.
If there was such a thing as a pantheon of former Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques players, Peter Forsberg would be one of them, along with Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, and Adam Foote, all of whom have their numbers hanging from the Pepsi Center rafters. Forsberg had a phenomenally prolific career in which he played 708 regular season games (591 with Quebec/Colorado) and scored 249 goals and 636 assists (217 goals and 538 assists with Quebec/Colorado). Forsberg won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie in the 1994-1995 season, the Hart Memorial Trophy (league MVP) and the Art Ross Trophy (most points) in 2003, and twice eclipsed 100 points in a single season with 116 in 1995-1996 and 106 in 2002-2003. He was a part of both of Colorado's Stanley Cup championship teams (1996 and 2001).
Rob Blake spent most of his two-decade playing career with the Los Angeles Kings, although he played five seasons with the Avalanche. As a defenseman, he regularly scored between 40 and 60 points year after year, in addition to being stout in his own zone. He was acquired by the Avalanche at the 2001 trade deadline and instantly became a crucial component of the team, helping Colorado win the Stanley Cup later that year. He would return to Los Angeles before retiring as a player and is currently a part of the Kings front office.Tags: Adam Foote, Art Ross Trophy, Calder Memorial Trophy, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hart Memorial Trophy, Hockey, Joe Sakic, NHL, Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg, Ray Bourque, Rob Blake