Who Wore It Best: Number 14?

There have been ten players who have worn number 14 while in Colorado Avalanche gear.

Blake Comeau (Regular Season 237 GP, 33G, 57A, 166 PIM)

Blake Comeau is the current owner of the number 14. He was drafted 47th overall by the New York Islanders in 2004. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1st in 2015 when he signed a three year deal. Since joining the team he is one point shy of reaching 100 points in his 237 games played and has had 166 penalty minutes.

Tom Fitzgerald (Regular Season GP 11, 2G, 1A, 22 PIM)

Tom Fitgerald was a right wing who was drafted 17th overall by the New York Islanders in 1986. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1998, before being drafted by the Nashville Predators during the expansion draft in the summer in 1998. During his very brief stint with the Avalanche he played in 11 games, had 3 points and 22 penalty minutes.

Tomas Fleischmann (Regular Season GP 22, 8G, 13A, 8 PIM)

Tomas was a left wing who was drafted 63rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 2002. In November 2010 Tomas made his way to Colorado from the Washington Captials for Scott Hannan. He scored a hat trick for the Avs on December 15th. He was a machine, and in the first 22 games with the Colorado Avalanche he had 21 points. Unfortunately, on January 20th 2011 he was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism and, for his health, he sat out remainder of the season. He then signed a 4 year deal with the Florida Panthers.

Theo Fleury (Regular Season GP 15 , 10G, 14A, 18 PIM)

Theo Fleury was drafted in 166th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1987. At 5’6 the right winger made an impact in the league and was well-loved by every fan-base because of his fiery personality. He made his way to Colorado in 1999 when he was traded by the Flames. In 15 games he had 24 points. He left in the offseason when he inked a deal with the Rangers. Fleury is also known for his book Playing With Fire which was an auto-biography. Fleury fought with addictions during, and after, his NHL career and has since because a sexual abuse advocate.

Scott Hannan (Regular Season GP 267, 5G, 48A, 127 PIM)

Scott Hannan was drafted 23rd overall by the San Jose Sharks in 1997. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent with a 4 year deal in 2007 The defenseman stayed with the Avalanche until he was traded to the Washington Capitals for fellow #14 in November 2010.

Ian Laperriere (Regular Season GP 307 , 40G, 72A, 552 PIM)

Ian Laperriere was drafted 158th overall in 1992 by the St Louis Blues. Lappy signed as a free agent on July 2nd with the Avalanche and was their Masterton Trophy nominee for the 2008-2009. On April 1st 2009 he was in his 52nd fight will wearing the Burgundy and Blue. He stayed with Colorado until he signed as a free agent with the Flyers July 2009. He would go on to win the Masterton as the Flyers nominee in 2011. He was forced to retired due to his post-concussion syndrome and has remained within the Flyers organization since. While with Colorado he appeared in 307 games, he had 40 goals, 72 assists and had 552 penalty minutes.

Christian Matte (Regular Season GP 22, 2G, 3A, 10 PIM)

Christian Matte was drafted 153rd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1993. Matte played the majority on his time with the Avalanche in the minors with the Hershey Bears. While in the minors he won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy. After the 2000 season he signed with the Minnesota Wild as a free agent. Within his time playing for the Burgundy and Blue he played in 22 games, had 5 points and 10 penalty minutes.

Dave Reid (Regular Season GP 138, 12G, 16A, 28 PIM)

Dave Reid was drafted 60th in 1982 by the Boston Bruins. Reid played for Boston, Toronto and Dallas before making his way to Colorado as a free agent in the summer of 1999. He played with Colorado for two seasons, and was part of the 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. He retired after the 2001 season and has gone on to analyst for the NHL Network and TSN .

David Van Der Gulik (Regular Season GP 42, 2G, 9A, 10 PIM)

David Van Der Gulik was drafted 206th overall by the Calgary Flames. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche via free agency in 2010 and left the team in 2014 via free agency. While with Colorado he played in 42 games, had 2 goals, 9 assists and 10 penalty minutes.

Landon Wilson (Regular Season GP 16, 2G, 2A, 29 PIM)

Landon Wilson was drafted 19th overall in 1993 by to Toronto Maple Leafs, but did not play a game for them. He was traded as part of the Mats Sundin in 1994. He didn’t play in the NHL until he made his debut with the Colorado Avalanche during the 1996 season. He was traded to Boston in November 1996 for Boston’s first round draft pick in 1998. In December 2002 he suffered a major eye injury which left him partially blinded in one eye by a puck. He did manage a comeback and went on to continue his career in Europe. While with Colorado he appeared in 16 games and had 4 points.

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