An important symbol in the identity of the Colorao Avalanche, the number 29 had a varied journey to its final position of prominence. Often considered a goalie number, the number 29 has only been worn by skaters in Avalanche history.
Eric Messier (1997-2003)
The first to don the burgundy 29, Messier spent 345 games in those threads and accumulated 72 total points culminating in raising the Stanley Cup in 2001. Born on the awesome date of October 29th, this jersey number choice was excellent.
Scott Parker (2007)
Parker wore the number briefly in his return to Colorado in 2007 but The Sheriff will be remembered much more in his signature 27. Parker would score a grand total of 16 points and 538 penalty minutes in 237 games with the Avalanche.
Daniel Tjarnqvist (2009)
Another temporary occupant, Tjarnqvist’s 37 games and two points in 2009 as his last stop in the NHL won’t be etched in the minds of Avalanche fans.
Ryan Stoa (2010-2011)
Finally one with hope and another in a long line full of second round promise, Stoa would see 37 games of action and score seven points wearing the cherished 29. After his departure, the number needed to think long and hard about who it’s next occupant should be.
Nathan MacKinnon (2013-Present)
Enter Nathan MacKinnon, first overall selection in the 2013 draft and franchise savior. MacKinnon wore 22 in his junior career with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL but upon his arrival in Colorado the number was occupied in by Matt Hunwick so he had to choose a new number for his NHL debut. MacKinnon had also worn 9 in his youth hockey days so he combined the two into 29. This was an excellent choice to keep the “Avs New Age” group wearing a number containing nine intact but 29 was also one of the more unique choices for an impact forward which has seen Leon Draisaitl, William Nylander and Patrik Laine follow the trend since.
Thus far in his five year career with the Avalanche, MacKinnon has scored 303 points including 114 goals in 374 games. Those numbers place MacKinnon as the points leader in his draft class and second in goals. He is also 8th all time in Colorado franchise points and 9th in goals. In his young NHL career MacKinnon has won the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year and finished second place for the Hart Trophy for league MVP. The way MacKinnon’s career is headed there likely will never be another Avalanche player to wear the 29.