Who Wore It Best: Number 53

The #53 is one we see often in training camp for rookies and older pro try-outs but it has found it’s way on to the ice occasionally for real live Avs games too. Here’s the rundown:

Derek Morris

The key piece in the most unpopular trade in Avs history, Morris never really got a chance with the Avs. He had a solid 1st season in Colorado but fans couldn’t get past seeing Chris Drury and Stephane Yelle going the other way. Doubling down on dumb Pierre Lacroix threw him away in another bad trade for Ossi Vaananen, aging facepuncher Chris Gratton and the pick that became Paul Stastny after just a season and three-quarters. Tale of the tape for Morris: 17 goals and 76 points in 144 regular season games and 3 assists in the ill-fated 2003 playoffs. At least he gets to say he was part of the Lindros trade tree.

Brett McLean

The journeyman forward signed a 2 year deal with the Avs in 2005 and was fairly productive in the #53. He racked up 24 goals and 76 points in 160 games. Not productive enough for another contract apparently, he left for the Panthers in 2007.

Matt Hendricks

In what appeared to be a swap of aged out & uninspiring prospects, the Avs traded Johnny Boychuk for Hendricks in the Summer of 2008. He wore the #53 for 4 games in 2009 before swapping over to the #15 in 09-10. Hendricks left via free agency in 2010 and still manages to get signed every year as a leadership/depth grinder. We all know how Boychuk’s post-Colorado career has gone. Final numbers in burgundy: 60 games, 16 points and 87 PIMs.


A couple products of bad trades and a journeyman FA, who do you think wore it best?

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One thought on “Who Wore It Best: Number 53

  • August 22, 2018 at 6:49 AM

    Fun fact: Derek’s eldest son is name Traiten. TRAITEN!

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