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MacKinnon opts to wear No. 29 in Colorado

Aug 13, 2013, 11:05 PM EST

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Call Tuesday jersey number day for the Colorado Avalanche.

One announcement closes a chapter for the franchise while another one represents the beginning of what could be a sterling career.

29: Nathan MacKinnon announced on Twitter that he’ll wear No. 29, at least for next season.

The Denver Post points out that Matt Hunwick wears MacKinnon’s possibly preferred No. 22, so the top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft might need to wait a year to get that deal.

(Then again, he might just stick with 29 if he has a great rookie year.)

52: The team released word that they’ll retire defenseman Adam Foote’s No. 52 during a Nov. 2 home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Foote will be the fifth player in Avalanche history to get his number retired, joining Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77). Stretching back deeper to the franchise’s roots, nine players in Avalanche/Nordiques history have had their numbers retired, as Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay also received the honor.

Perhaps MacKinnon’s number will hang in the rafters some day, too?

  1. jernster21 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I have to imagine he’ll snag 22 when Hunwick’s contract is up. I suppose 29 could potentially be a nice collectors item someday should he switch numbers and live up to his potential over the course of his career.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Too many players (in all sports) put too much stock into what number they’re going to wear, I could see if you’re an established vet and have an iconic number 99,66,88,87,77 etc it might be something but MacKinnon is playing this the right way, he’s a rookie who’s number was already taken, no big deal, just choose another.

    If he turns out to be a good enough player he’ll make 29 iconic, if he turns out to be an average player no one will care what number he wears. When you think of Messier he’s number 11, Sakic and Yzerman are number 19, bobby Orr is number 4. What number was Patrick Stefan? Pavel Brendl? Alexandre Daigle? If you’re a great player people will identify you with whatever number you wear, regardless of what number it is.

    One of the things I like about when Brent Sutter coaches the Canadian world junior team is that he makes the players wear different numbers, because they’re putting their egos away and representing the country, hence Crosby wore 9 during his WJC days.

    • Reynolds - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Actually, funny story, Ottawa refuses to let anybody on their team wear #91, because oof the poor taste left by Daigle.

  3. acorp11 - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Sakic 88 to 19 after rookie year and it worked decent for him…

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      I thought it was Owen Nolan who wore 88 as a rookie not Sakic, reason being that Nolan and Lindros had a rivalry and Nolan wanted to tweak him the year before he came into the NHL.

      • lesleyvissersfacelift - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        I believe they both wore 88 as rookies.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Really? I had no idea that Sakic wore 88 as well, that’s pretty interesting, I wonder why he switched to 19?

  4. stinkpretty1 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Must be a goaltender, never heard of this guy. Im just kidding, lots of hype.
    Good luck in pros!

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I guess 29 goes good with Landeskog’s 92. Avs future is looking very good. There’s so many good young players. McKinnon, Landeskog, Duchene, OReilly, McGinn, Downie… Elliott, Johnson, Wilson on D… Varlamov in goal… all 26 y.o. or less.

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