Who Wore It Best: Number 11

The #11 sweater was traditionally worn by one of the top 3 forwards on the team but as time goes by more and more players like a unique number unless it’s a tribute. The Avs have had 10 players wear it, although none for more than a few seasons. Let’s take a look:

Owen Nolan

Nolan played 9 games in the #11 before being traded for Sandis Ozolinsh in the Avs inaugural season. He had 4 goals and 4 assists in burgundy.

Keith Jones

Jones was acquired early in the Avs 2nd season from Washington along with a 1st and a 4th for Chris Simon and Curtis Leschyshyn. He lasted just over 2 years until he was moved to Philly for Shjon Podein. The big RW had 28 goals and 57 points overall in 102 games.

Chris Dingman

Dinger was acquired from Calgary in the Theo Fleury trade back in 1999 and initially wore #6 but switched to #11 the next season. He stayed long enough to win the Cup in 2001 but was swapped to the Canes that summer. He finished his Avs career with 9 goals, 13 points and 247 PIMs in 110 games. Yes, he was truculent.

Pascal Trepanier

Was signed as a free agent twice by the Avs, in 1995 and 2001. Played mainly in the AHL but got occasional time with the Avs. The only full season he played in the NHL was 01-02 where he wore the #11 with Colorado until Darius Kasparaitis was acquired. He had 4 goals and 14 points that year.

Darius Kasparaitis

Came over from Pittsburgh at the deadline in 2002 and played 11 regular season games in the #11 then went on to another 21 playoff games. He had 3 assists total and aggravated many opponents. He left as a free agent at the end of the season, signing with NYR.

Jeff Shantz

Finished up his North American career with the Avs in 2002-03 wearing the #11. He was part of everyone’s least favorite trade that sent Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle to the Flames for Derek Morris, Dean McAmmond along with Shantz. He had 3 goals and 9 points in 74 games at center and right wing.

Andrei Nikolishin

Another player that finished up his NA career with the Avs, he was traded to Colorado for a 4th in 2003 by Chicago. Racked up 60 regular season and playoff games totaling 5 goals and 14 points.

Cody McCormick

McCormick was drafted by the Avs in the 5th round 2001 and made his debut in 2003 wearing a couple of numbers in the 20’s. After the lockout he grabbed the #11 and held it until he left in free agency in 2009. Overall he played 190 games for the Avs over 5 seasons and accumulated 9 goals and 30 points. He holds the record for longest tenure in the #11. Well done.

Philippe Dupuis

Dupuis and some other guy were acquired by the Avs for Mark Rycroft back in 2008 from Columbus. He initially wore #59 but swapped to #11 after McCormick left for Buffalo. He spent 3 seasons with the Avs but only one full-time in 10-11. Much to Avs fans chagrin, he left as a free agent in 2011 signing with TML. He finished his Avs career with 6 goals, 18 points in 86 games.

Jamie McGinn

Fatso was acquired from the Sharks in 2012 along with Mike Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly for TJ Galiardi, Dan Winnik and a 7th round pick. He was an effective scorer and all-you-can-eat buffet sampler for a few years before back problems sidelined him for most of the 14-15 season. He left along with Ryan O’Reilly in the big trade that summer. In 4 seasons with the Avs he had a very respectable 42 goals and 79 points in 162 games.


My first thought here is that McGinn is a good player and all that but the Avs really need to get some talent at this number.

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