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Avalanche to retire Adam Foote’s No. 52

Apr 12, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT


On Friday, the Colorado Avalanche announced longtime defenseman Adam Foote will have his No. 52 raised to the Pepsi Center rafters next season.

Foote’s jersey will be the fifth retired by the Avs (joining Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque).

It’ll also be the ninth in Colorado/Quebec history (the Nordiques honored Peter Stastny, Michel Goulet, Marc Tardif and J.C. Tremblay).

The 41-year-old rearguard spent 19 years in the NHL, 17 with the Avalanche, and won a pair of Stanley Cups in Denver while serving as team captain from 2009-11.

At the time, Foote was just the second captain in Avalanche 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 number in franchise annals behind Forsberg (+210).

The former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound also starred internationally, representing Canada at three Winter Olympics and winning Gold in 2002. He also captured gold and was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Foote retired from the NHL following the 2010-11 season.

  1. hosewater2 - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Soft call.

  2. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    The Avs go way overboard with the jersey retirements. Foote was a pretty good player, but jersey retirement? Bourque only played in Colorado for a year and a half. Guess they need to sell tickets.

  3. DonkeyStick - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM


  4. crazemastercraze - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    They’re doing everything they can to make people forget about how lousy they actually are now

  5. canucks30 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    If Ken Daneyko can have his # retired by the Devils, so can Adam Foote by the Avs

  6. weenerman - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Simple explanation. Foote has photos of Pierre Lacroix and a goat.

  7. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Foote was one of the “faces” of the franchise with Sakic, Forsberg and Roy when they were at their height. And certainly one of the guys you immediately associate with that franchise when you think of them. That was a special time for the Avalanche, I don’t see why one of the “cornerstones” of that era shouldn’t be given a special gift like this.

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Marty McSorley was one of those “faces” of the ranchise with Wayne Gretzky in LA. Should Kings retire #33 too?

  8. vanindeed - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Foote should throw his retired jersey on and show the current team how its done.

  9. Eric Broz - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    He was such an embarrassment in Columbus. He lost all credibility as a professional athlete with his actions there.

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