Who Wore It Best: #20

We’re only looking at the Avs jersey wearers in the this series but it’s worth noting that the first #20 in franchise history was current Avs pro scout Terry Martin who was selected in the expansion draft by the Nordiques and traded to Toronto with future Avs defense coach Dave Farrish after just a handful of games. So that’s pretty cool.

Rene Corbet

Corbet was drafted by the Nords in the 2nd round 1991 and played a few years between Cornwall and Quebec before sticking more or less full time with the Avs in the their first season. He was a 4th liner but a good one, putting up a respectable 64 points in 177 regular season games in burgundy and blue. He also had 3G/2A in 8 games en route to the Avs 1st Stanley Cup. He was eventually traded to Calgary in the Theo Fleury deal. He was the 1st Avalanche player to wear #20 and even thought it’s not saying much, the best.

Kelly Fairchild

Fairchild signed as a journeyman centers with the Avs in 2000 and played 10 games in the 01-02 season with Colorado. Like so many we’ve covered during this period in history, those were the final NHL games of his career. He went on to play for five years in Germany.

Bryan Marchment

Marchment came over from San Jose at the deadline in 2003 for a 3rd and a 5th and played 14 regular season games and all 7 in the playoffs. At age 33, he was limited to 3A in that time.

Cody McCormick

McCormick wore #20 along with #22 in a few games his rookie year with the Avs in 2003-04. The big facepunching D had 40 points and 250 penalty minutes for the Avs over parts of 5 seasons. He left for Buffalo as a UFA in 2009.

Vitaly Kolesnik

Kolesnik spent one season in North America split between the Lowell Lock Monsters and the Avs. The big goalie went 3-3 with an .888 Sv% in 8 games for the Avs in 05-06.

Mark Rycroft

Ryker was signed by the Avs for two seasons in 2006 as a free agent. The first year he spent in Colorado picking up 6G/6A in 66 games. The next year he was assigned to Lake Erie then traded to Columbus halfway through the year. He’s now of course part of the Altitude studio crew.

Tom Priessing

Priessing was acquired from the Kings along with Kyle Quincey and a draft pick that became Luke “Sky” Walker in the Ryan Smyth trade in the Summer of 2009. He was hurt for a while then got a few games to show everyone that Joe Sacco was not impressed at all with his play. He had a decent year with LEM then finished his career in Europe.

Greg Mauldin

Mauldin signed as a 28-year old journeyman center in 2010 and ended up playing 29 of his 36 NHL games that year, scoring 5G/5A. The next season he spent in Lake Erie then moved on to Europe. Fun fact: He actually played in AHL playoff games for the Monsters!

Reto Berra

The Avs panic traded a 2nd for Yogi late in 2014 and subsequently signed him to a 3 year contract, which didn’t work out because he got hurt and Calvin Pickard stole his job. In 2016 he was sent to the Panthers for Rocco Grimaldi, who strangely enough also wore #20. In 2 years he made 26 starts, going 10-13 with a .915 Sv%

Ben Smith

Smith signed as a free agent in 2016 but was waived after 4 games and claimed by the Maple Leafs. That’s quick.

Rocco Grimaldi

Rocco spent this past season as the holder of the #20 after Colin Wilson took over his #22. He played 6 games out of his 10 total in 2 years with the Avs and had a goal and 3 assists. He recently moved on to the Preds organization.


Not a ton to work with here but who do you think wore it best?

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