Who Wore It Best: Number 5

There have been eight players who have chosen to wear the number 5 while representing the Colorado Avalanche.

Alexei Gusarov (Regular Season GP 607, 39G, 128A, 313 PIM)

Gusarov was selected in the 1988 draft 213th overall in the 11th round by the Quebec Nordiques.  He played his first game for the franchise in 1990 at age 26. He continued on to play 5 seasons for the Nordiques and stayed with the team to play 5 more full season with the Avalanche ending his time with the team in a 6th season with the Avalanche before being traded to the New York Rangers in 2000-2001. He played 26 games for the Rangers before again being traded in the same season to the St Louis Blues before retiring after the 2000-2001 season.

Gusarov was a member of the 1996 Stanley Cup team and played 565 games registering 38 goals and 121 assists in his time with the franchise.

Todd Gill ( Regular Season GP 1007, 82G, 272A, 1214 PIM)

Gill was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 draft 25th overall in the 2rd round. He had a very long career with a multitude of different teams. He entered the league in the 1984-1985 season at age 19 and played between the NHL and AHL for a couple years before being a staple on the roster 2 years later. He spent 12 seasons with Toronto before being traded to the San Jose Sharks in the offseason. He spent one full season with the Sharks and another 64 games the next season and then was traded to the St Louis Blues. He finished the season with them and was traded to the Detroit Red Wings the next season. He became a free agent and signed with the Pheonix Coyotes and returned to Detroit that same season. He played another year with Detroit before coming to Colorado as a free agent and then with Chicago the next season.

He appeared in 36 games with 4 assists and 25 penalty minutes in his one season in the 2001-2002 season.

Brett Clark (Regular Season GP 689, 450G, 141A, 293 PIM)

Clark was drafted in the 1996 draft 154th overall in the 6th round by the Montreal Canadiens. He entered the league in the following season at age 21 with the team that drafted him where he played 102 games in 2 seasons. He then got traded to the Atlanta Thrashers where he spent 3 years and struggled to find a consistent role. The Thrashers traded Clark to the Colorado Avalanche in 2002 where he found consistency and the majority of his success in the league. He spent 6 seasons with the Avalanche until he struggled with an injury and left the organization as a free agent. He went on to sign a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons and then with Minnisota for one year before retiring.

In his time with the Colorado Avalanche, he tallied 30 goals, 100 assists, and 205 PIM in 371 games with the Avs.

David Liffiton (Regular Season GP 7, 1G, 0A, 26 PIM)

Liffiton was drafted in the 2003 draft 63rd overall in the 2nd round by the Colorado Avalache. He spent all but 7 games of his career hopping around the AHL, ITL, SHL, and DEN. He played three games for the New York Rangers in 2 seasons and played 4 games for the avalanche in 2010-2011 season where he registered one goal.

Shane O’Brien (Regular Season GP 537, 13G, 79A, 916 PIM)

O’Brien was drafted in the 2003 draft 250th overall in the 8th round by the Anaheim Ducks. Shane entered the NHL at age 23 with Anaheim and played 62 games in 2006-2007. He was traded in that season to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He spent the rest of that season, the next season, and part of the following season with them before again being traded to the Vancouver Canucks. He resigned with the Canucks for another season and then was placed on waivers the season after that. He was included in a trade that sent him to Nashville where he spent the 2010-2011 season. He signed as a free agent with Colorado for one year and then was extended for 3 years by the Avs. He was included in the David Jones trade to Calgary where he spent another season before being bought out of his contract. He signed his last contract with the Florida Panthers where he spent most of the season in the AHL.

In his time with the Avalanche he played in 104 games while putting up 3 goals, 21 assists, and 165 PIM.

Nate Guenin (Regular Season GP 205, 5G, 23A, 94 PIM)

Guenin was drafted in the 2002 draft 127th overall in the 4th round by the New York Rangers. He spent 4 years in college and signed as a free agent with the Philidelphia Flyers. At age 24 Guenin entered the NHL to play 9 games with the Flyers. He spent 3 years with a stint or two in the NHL but mostly playing in the AHL. After that, he signed a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played 2 games but again spent most of his season in the AHL. The next season he repeated his performance with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets traded him in January to the Anaheim Ducks who signed him to a 2 year extension. He finally got his chance after signing a contract with the Avs when coach Patrick Roy was impressed with what Guenin showed. He spent 3 years with the Avs before being waived in his last season in the NHL. He signed one last contract with Anahiem to play in the AHL but never say NHL ice again.

Guenin appeared in 173 games in the number 5 sweater for the Avalanche while putting 3 in the net and assisting on 21.

David Warsofsky (Regular Season GP 55, 2G, 9A, 8 PIM)

David Warsofsky was drafted in the 2008 draft 95th overall in the 4th round by the St Louis Blues. Before playing in one game for the Blues he was traded to Boston where he played in 10 games in 2 seasons with them while spending the majority of time in the AHL. Warsofsky signed a contract with the Penguins where he appeared in 12 games before being placed on waivers and being claimed by the New Jersey Devils where he spent 10 games. He signed another contract with the Penguins where he became one of the highest scoring defense on their AHL team. He signed a 2 year contract with the Avalanche to play on their AHL team before being called up due to injuries. He played in 16 regular season games registering 5 assists. He also appeared in 4 playoff games without registering a point. He is currently contracted to one more year with the Avalanche.

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