Who Wore it Best: Number 52

There has only been one player who has worn number 52 in the history of the Colorado Avalanche, and there will only ever be one player to wear this number: Adam Foote.

Adam Foote was born in Toronto Ontario on July 10th, 1971. He played in the OHL for the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds for three seasons. While with the Greyhounds he won a J. Ross Robertson Cup.  The gritty 6’2″ right handed defenseman  was drafted 22nd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. Players drafted before Adam Foote? Mats Sundin was first overall by the Quebec Nordiques, Chyzowski, Thornton, Barnes, Guerin, Bennett, Zmolek, Herter, Marshall, Holik, Sillinger were some other players taken before him, but this worked out well for the Nords who got the opportunity to get Adam Foote on their team because of this.

He first played for Quebec during the 1991-1992 season and stayed with the Quebec Nordiques until he moved, with the team, to Colorado when the Nordiques became the Avalanche.

Foote went on to win a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in their first season in Denver in 1996. He won a second Stanley Cup in 2001 as part the dream team that won the Cup with the motto “Mission 16W” for Raymond Bourque. In 2002 Foote went to the Winter Olympics and was part of the squad that brought Team Canada the Gold Medal home.

Foote remained part of the core Avalanche team until he signed a three-year deal with the Blue Jackets on August 1st, 2005. Foote was traded back to Colorado on February 26th 2008. There was much speculation that he wanted to be traded back to Colorado. Once the trade was complete, Adam Foote got on a jet and landed in Calgary, he joined the team midway through the first period against the Flames. He remained with the team until he retired.

During his career with the Colorado Avalanche he helped the team obtain nine consecutive division titles from 1995 to 2003. He served as team Captain from 2009 until his retirement in 2011. After almost two decades in the NHL Adam Foote announced he would retire, he did it before his last game on April 10th, 2011 which gave fans a chance to say a proper farewell before his jersey was retired on November 2, 2013. His jersey was the 5th in Colorado Avalanche history to be hung from the rafters. Foote played in more regular season and playoff games than any other defenseman in team history. While wearing either the Avalanche or Nordiques logo Foote played in 967 regular season games, had 56 goals, 253 assists, and 1279 penalty minutes and averaged over 23 minutes ice time per game. He was the last player from the  Quebec Nordiques to retire.

After his retirement Foote helped the Avalanche as a defensive coach from 2011 until August 2017.

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