Who Wore It Best: #24


Jon Klemm

Klemm was an undrafted player after winning the Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs in 1991. He decided to sign with the Quebec Nordiques and played in the AHL until his full time season in 1995-1996 when the Nordiques came to Colorado. He won the Cup with the Avs in 1996 and played with them all the way through until they won the cup again in 2001. He was a big part of the defense corps in the early Avalanche years. After his 2001 season, he left as a free agent and joined the Chicago Blackhawks. Klemm played 408 games in the #24 sweater registering 29 goals and 56 assists with 212 PIM.

Chris McAllister

McAllister was an AHL and NHL tweener that struggled to get into the lineup troughout his carrer. He found his best season in his first year in Philadelphia where he played 60 games and the 42 the season after. In his 3rd year with them he was traded to the Avalanche where he played 14 games in the remainder of the 2002-2003 season. In the 2003-2004 season he played in 34 games before being traded again to New York. McAllister played in 48 games contributing one lone assist in that time but sitting in the box for 88.

Chris Gratton

Gratton came to the Avs in the 2003-2004 season along with a second round pick. (Fun fact, that pick would later be used to select Paul Stastny) He spent his remaining contract with the Avs to finish out the season but only played in 13 games where he potted 2 goals and assisted on one other. He left as a free agent and signed with the Florida Panthers after the lockout.

Antti Laaksonen

Laaksonen was signed as a free agent in 2005 on a two year contract. He played the full season in 2005-2006 with the Avs and totaled 16 goals and 18 assists in 81 games. The next season his play stumbled and he only ended up playing 41 games where he only scored 3 goals and had one assist. He spending the rest of the season in the AHL. He left as a free agent after his contract ended.

Ruslan Salei

Salei entered the Avs organization by trade when he was acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Karlis Skrastins and a 3rd round pick in 2008. He played in 17 of the games that season and potted 3 goals and 4 assists. He spent another 2 seasons with the Avalanche before leaving as a free agent to sign for one last year with Detroit. He appeared in 101 games for the Avs where he totaled 8 goals and 26 assists.

Tomas Vincour

Vincour was originally drafted by Dallas in 2009 where he was then traded in 2013 to the Avs in exchange for Cameron Gaunce. He spent most of his career with the Avs in the AHL save for a few stints on the NHL squad in the 2 years that he was with the organization. He appeared in 9 games and assisted on 2 goals.

Marc-Andre Cliche

As the most recent player to wear #24 for the Avs organization, Cliche spent 2 seasons with us. He was claimed off of waivers from the LA Kings in 2013. Cliche made a big impact on head coach Patrick Roy because Cliche spent both seasons full time on the NHL roster averaging about 10 minutes per game. He spent all but one game of his NHL career with the Avalanche. He was sent to the AHL in the 2015-2016 season and later traded to the Islanders in exchange for Taylor Beck. Cliche scored 3 goals and assisted on 11 more in 150 games with the Avalanche.

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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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