The #48 isn’t a number that immediately comes to mind as iconic to most Avs fans but maybe it should…
Young was drafted by the Wonderful Whalers in the 1st Round 1986 and turned pro in 1988 after spending that season with Team USA and competing in his first of 3 Olympics. He was traded to the Pens and won a Cup in 1991 then opted to go back to Team USA for the 1992 Olympics. Right after the Albertville games his rights were traded to the Nordiques and he started his Quebec career in the Fall of ’93. In 3 seasons he had 150 points in 206 games for the Nords.
For two seasons in Colorado Young played on the top line with Joe Sakic and Adam Deadmarsh while logging first unit time on the power play. His production tailed off in the 96-97 season and he was traded to the Duck for a 3rd after a pre-season contract holdout. He continued to be productive for another 7 seasons in his thirties and retired in 2006. All told for the Avs he had 97 points in 153 regular season games and 21 points in 39 playoff contests.
Young is usually the forgotten man in the top 6 for the first Cup team. It’s hard to stand out alongside Sakic, Deadmarsh, Forsberg, Lemieux and Kamensky but he was an integral part of what made the team go back then. He was a defenseman as an amateur so he solidified that part of the top line’s game along with adding a big shot from the point on the power play. Also played a lot on the PK. He had a long and distinguished career before, during and after his time with the Avalanche which recently saw him inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame this Summer. Highlights:
- Selected to the US World Junior Championships team 3 years in a row. Had 7 goals and 11 points in 7 games in 1987.
- Played on Olympic teams in ’88, ’92 and ’02, winning the Silver in 2002 and totaling 13 points in 20 games. He also coached Team USA this past year in PyeongChang.
- Won Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and Colorado
- Won a World Cup Gold Medal the Summer after winning the cup with the Avs
- Played over 1300 NHL games and had over 800 points in 18 seasons
After several seasons as a coach at BU, he became the Penguins Director of Development in 2017.
The Avs drafted Cumiskey as a 19 year old in the 2005 7th round and he turned pro the next season. He played 53 games over the next 3 seasons before swapping into the #10. All told in his Avs career he had 9 goals and 35 points in 132 games before moving on to the AHL and Europe. He made a brief return to the NHL in 2015 with the Blackhawks and played 9 games in their run to the Cup.
The Avs traded Colby Cohen to the Bruins for Hunwick early in the 2010-11 season and he wore #48 before switching over to #22 for the rest of his time in the Mile High City. In the transition to the Sakic/Roy regime he was a little lost in the shuffle and played 1 NHL game in 2013-14 before moving on to a series of lucrative Free Agent contracts with various Eastern teams. He and his 3 x $2.25M contract were recently relocated to the Buffalo Sabres. Final tally for the Avs: 3 goals, 22 points in 128 games.
Briere played many productive seasons in the NHL, unfortunately his final one in Colorado wasn’t one of them. He was acquired from Montreal for PA Parenteau basically just to get rid of the extra year on PA’s contract. Patrick Roy never took a shine to his game and he was often a healthy scratch and rarely saw time with the skill players. Needless to say he does not look back at his time with the Avs fondly. Final tally: 8 goals, 4 assists in 57 games.
This should be an easy one, who do you think wore #48 best?[qsm quiz=80]