Who Wore It Best: Number 12

The #12 sweater was worn by a lot of players over the years. None of them stayed with the Avalanche a long time but some of them with somewhat big impacts to the team.

Chris SimonĀ 

Simon was drafted in the second round by the Flyers in 1990. He joined the Nordiques in 1992 and played a total of 146 games. Simon had 24 goals and 32 assists in that span. He managed 555 penalty minutes and left the franchise in 1996 after their cup win to join the Washington Capitals.

Shean Donovan

Donovon was drafted by San Jose in 1993 in the second round. He spent 4 years there before being traded to the Avs. He spent 3 seasons there contributing 13 goals and 19 assists in 133 games. He was then traded to the Thrashers in 1999.

Radim Vrbata

You may forget, but Radim Vrbata was draft by the Colorado Avalanche in the 7th round of the 1999 NHL draft. He spent 2 seasons in an Avs uniform in 118 games registering 29 goals and 31 assists before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Bates Battaglia.

Mike Keane

Keane went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Canadiens. He was included in the monumental Patrick Roy trade and then spent that season along with one other before leaving Colorado as a free agent. He returned to Colorado in 2001 where he spent another 2 years being with the franchise for a total of 4 years. Keane played in 223 games while potting 27 goals and 37 assists in that span. Keane however only wore 12 in his second stint with the Avs.

Brad Richardson

Richardson came to the Avalanche after being drafted by them in 2003 in the 5th round. He spent 3 seasons with the Avalanche playing in 136 games before leaving the franchise. In that time he had 19 goals and 21 assists.

Darren Haydar

Haydar came to the Avalanche as a free agent and spent most of his time in the AHL and only appeared in one game for the Avalanche with no goals or assists or pentalty minutes in 5:22 of ice time.

Kevin Porter

Porter was the minor piece that was included in the Peter Mueller trade. He spent the rest of that season and 2 more in an Avs jersey and appeared in 125 games with 20 goals and 15 assists to his name. He left the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent and signed with Buffalo.

Chuck Kobasew

Kobasew came to the Avalanche organization in free agency in 2011. He spent 2 seasons here appearing in 95 games and tallying 12 goals and 11 assists in that time. He left as a free agent and took a year off before returning for one more season in the NHL.

Jarome Iginla

After a miracle season in Patrick Roy’s first season as head coach, Iginla was interested in helping the Avalanche appear in the playoffs again and came to Colorado as a free agent. However, that did not happen in his time with the Avalanche. In his 3 year deal, Iginla had a great first year and a decent second year with the Avalanche but his play dropped off in his last season before being traded to the LA Kings for a “4th round pick” (sort of). Appearing in 225 games in an Avalanche jersey, he potted a respectable 59 goals. He assisted on 65 more and registered almost 500 shots on goal.

Patrik Nemeth

Nemeth was drafted by Dallas and struggled making their NHL team. In the 2017-2018 season Nemeth was claimed off of waivers early in the season and took a big role with the Avalanche in his first full time season in the NHL. He only scored 3 goals and assisted on 12 more in 68 total games. However, Nemeth took a role of playing shut down defense and stepping up when injuries plagued the defense core. He averaged 19 minutes on ice that season and is likely to get another contract this offseason.

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Collin is a software developer and through his passion of the Colorado Avalanche started this site with the help of the other writers here. He looks forward to talking Avs and writing for you all.

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