Who Wore it Best: Number 26

There have been three players who have chose to ware the number 26 while in the Burgundy and Blue. All three players have played over 500 games while in Avalanche gear which will make this choice a bit more difficult.

John-Michael Liles (GP 523, 68G, 207A, 218 PIM)

Liles was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche 159th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry draft. He played with the Avalanche until he was highest point-scoring rookie defenseman in Avalanche history and the second highest if you include the Quebec Nordiques in this statistic. When Paul Stastny joined the team in 2007 as a rookie he briefly wore number 62, that is until Liles offered up his number 26. Liles then switched to wearing the number 4. He left the Colorado Avalanche on June 24th 2011 when he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. Liles has since retired and is back in Colorado, now as a studio analyst for Altitude Sports.

Paul Stastny (GP 538, 160G, 298A, 264 PIM)

Paul Stastny was drafted 44th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2005 Draft. His father, Peter, and two uncles Marian and Anton all played for the Quebec Nordiques. Paul was a Calder Memorial Nominee, but Paul started his NHL career with number 62. Liles touchingly offered his number 26 so that Paul could wear the same number that his father wore when he played for the Quebec Nordiques. In 2007 he had a 20 game point streak which set a NHL record. He left for the St Louis Blues as a free agent in 2014. This offseason he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Stephane Yelle (GP 516, 54G, 90A, 256 PIM)

Stephane Yelle was drafted 186th overall in 1992 by the New Jersey Devils. He had two stints with the Colorado Avalanche. In June 1994 he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques. He didn’t get a chance to play for the Nordiques before the team moved to Colorado, but he was a member of the 1996 Stanley Cup Championship team and part of the 2001 Stanley Cup Championship team. He was traded to Calgary in October 2002 with Chris Drury to the Calgary Flames for Jeff Shantz, Dean McAmmond and Derek Morris. His second stint with the team was during the 2010 season when he was traded from Hurricanes. During his second stint he appeared in 11 games he had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. He went on to retire after the conclusion of that season.

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3 thoughts on “Who Wore it Best: Number 26

  • July 16, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    That’s a good group but Yeller was always a favorite.

  • July 16, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    3 pretty good players and hard to choose.
    Stastny the best offensive players but the others had their roles.
    Ole Yeller a fan favorite and loved that Johny “hot pocket” Liles funny commercial/ad.

  • July 16, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Link for those who don’t remember the Liles commercial with K. Keefe

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