Today’s tour of #47 is brought to you by the number zero, as in between these four guys they have zero NHL goals.
But anyway, we’ve got four gentlemen who’ve worn number forty-seven with Colorado, starting way back in 1995-1996 and most recently, last season.
Claude Lapointe: ’95-’96; 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIMs
Lapointe had a long NHL career, mostly with Quebec (drafted 234th in 1989) right before the move to Denver, and later with the Islanders. Despite 253 games in a Nords jersey where he put up 30 points in most seasons, a disappointing 1994-1995 season saw him appear in only 29 games. That was a harbinger of things to come as he spent only 3 in an Avs sweater the next season before he was dealt to Calgary in November of 1995 for a 7th round pick in the ’96 Draft (Samuel Pahlsson). His Avalanche resume is scant: no points and a -1 rating. He’s a fitness aficionado and has translated that into a post-hockey career after hanging them up following the 2007-2008 season.
Ray Macias: 2008-2009, 2010-2011; 8 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIMs
Macias makes his second appearance in our rundown, as he popped up in #42, a number he wore for the 2010-2011 season. Drafted 124th overall by Colorado in 2005, his first cup of NHL coffee had him in the #47 sweater in 2008-2009. Ray strung together a pro hockey career, mostly in the minors, for the better part of 10 years. A fan favorite in Lake Erie, he also saw time in Johnstown, Reading, Springfield, the Marlies, overseas in Germany and Scotland, and in the new Avs’ ECHL affiliate, Utah (in 2015).
Evan Brophey: 2011-2012; 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIMs
The Avs signed the 68th overall pick in 2005 (Chicago) as a free agent prior to the 2011-2012 season. He was a decent AHLer (39 points for Lake Erie that year) who managed to squeak into 3 games with the Avalanche that season. Another well-traveled pro, he saw time in Rockford, Portland, Germany and most recently, Austria, where he suited up for the Graz 99ers this last season.
Dominic Toninato: 2017-2018; 37 GP, 0-2-2, 12 PIMs
The Maple Leafs took Toninato 126th overall in 2012, but he opted for the NCAA route with Minnesota-Duluth. After four seasons and going out as the NCAA runner-up in 2017, Toninato wasn’t offered a contract by Toronto. Their loss as he signed a two-year deal with the Avalanche. He split last season between San Antonio (12 points in 31 games) and Denver (2 points in 37 games). I think the secret for Dom is he needs to find a new number QUICK!
This is a toughie. Who do you think wore #47 best, dear reader?[qsm quiz=81]