There have been seven players who have worn the reportedly cursed number 18. Which is your choice for who wore it best?
Mike Connolly (Regular Season GP: 2, 0G, 0A, 2 PIM)
Mike Connolly was an undrafted centerman who signed a 3 year entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks to start his career in 2011. He, along with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa, was traded to Colorado in February 2012 for Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi. After his contract experied, he was not retained by the Avalanche and he made his way to Europe. In his two games with the Avalanche he was held off the scoreboard, although he did spend two minutes in the Sin Bin.
Adam Deadmarsh (Regular Season Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche GP 453, 138G, 150A, 723 PIM)
Adam Deadmarsh was drafted 14th overall in 1993 by the Quebec Nordiques. He made his way to the Avalanche when the team moved for the 1996 season. He was part of the Stanley Cup winning team in 1996. The NHL unfortunately misspelled his name on the Stanley Cup, but he made NHL history when, for the first time, a misspelled name was corrected on the Cup. He was traded to the Los Angeles King in February 2001 as part of deal that saw Rob Blake land in Colorado. He officially retired in 2005 due to concussion symptoms. He played 453 games between his time in La Belle Province and Colorado and in that time he had 288 regular season points, and 723 penalty minutes.
Chris Drury (Regular Season 314 GP, 85G, 137A, 189 PIM)
Chris Drury was drafted 72nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994 and made his way to Colorado when the team moved before the 1996 season. While with Colorado he won the Calder Trophy and won a Stanley Cup, being known for being clutch during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Drury was traded along with Yelle to the Flames in October 2002. Drury played in over 300 games while in a Colorado jersey and had 222 points and 11 game winning playoff goals in 4 playoff seasons. He retired from the NHL in 2011.
Cody Goloubef (Regular Season GP 33, 0G, 5A, 25 PIM)
Cody Golbeuf was drafted 37th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008. He was traded to Colorado in November 2016 and left the Avs for Buffalo as a free agent in September 2017. He played in 33 games for the Colorado Avalanche and had 5 points and 25 penalty minutes.
Shawn Matthias (Regular Season GP 20, 6G, 5A, 8 PIM)
Shawn Matthias was drafted 47th overall in 2006 by the Detroit Red Wings. He was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Colorado Avalanche February 2016 and left the Avalanche as a free agent in July 2016. He played 20 games dressed in the Burgundy and Blue and had 11 points and 8 penalty minutes in that time.
Alex Tanguay (Regular Season GP 598, 167G, 321A, 287 PIM)
Alex Tanguay was drafted 12th overall in 1998 by the Colorado Avalanche, and he had the game winning goal in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final that saw Ray Bourque raise the Cup for his first time in his career. Tanguay was nominated for the Calder trophy. In July 2006 he was traded to the Calgary Flames and then played for Montreal and Tampa before making his way back to Calgary, and ultimately, traded back to the Colorado Avalanche in June 2013. He was traded from Colorado to the Coyotes in 2016 and went on to retire in February 2017 and became a Studio Analyst for the NHL Network. Between his two stays with Colorado Tanguay played almost 600 games and had 488 points.
Brian Willsie (Regular Season GP 115, 8G, 11A, 43 PIM)
Brian Willsie was drafted 146th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. The right wing was claimed by the Washington Captials October 2003. He signed again with the Colorado Avalanche in July 2008 and then went back to Washington in July 2010 as a free agent. After his retirement he signed back up with the Colorado Avalanche, only this time he signed not as a player but as a consultancy player development member. With 115 games with the Avalanche under his belt, 19 points and 43 penalty minutes.
Stephane Yelle (Regular Season GP 516, 54G, 90A, 256 PIM)
Stephane Yelle was drafted 186th overall in 1992 by the New Jersey Devils. He was traded to the Quebec Nordiques and was part of the Stanley Cup Winning team in both 1996 and in 2001. He was traded in October 2002 with Drury to Flames. In March 2010 he was traded back to Colorado by the Carolina Hurricanes and he retired after the end of the season. He remained with the Avalanche as a development coordinator.
Brandon Yip (Regular Season GP 113, 23G, 18A, 84 PIM)
Brandon Yip was drafted 239th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2004. He was claimed off of waivers by the Nashville Predators in January 2012. He is now in the KHL. While with the Avalanche Yip appeared in over 100 games, 41 points and 84 minutes spent in the Sin Bin.
What say you, Burgundy Rainbow faithful: Who wore number 18 best?![qsm quiz=53]