In the Colorado Avalanche history only five people have worn the number 40. A couple of them have left their mark while wearing the number. Who wore it best?
Brad Larsen (Regular Season GP 92, 4G, 12A, 60 PIM)
Brad Larsen was drafted 53rd overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was then re-drafted 87th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He bounced between Colorado’s AHL team and the Colorado Avalanche until he was claimed by the Trashers in February 2004. The most games he played for Colorado in a single season was in the 2002 season when he played in an even 50 games. He had 2 goals and 7 assists that season. Larsen has since retired and he is now an assistance coach for the Blue Jackets.
Mark Olver (Regular Season GP 74, 10G, 12A, 39 PIM)
Mark Olverwas drafted 144th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. His best season with the Colorado Avalanche is when he only appeared in 18 games in 2011 and he had 9 points. He spent his entire NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche before deciding to go play in Europe 2014, where he continues to play.
Jeremy Smith (Regular Season GP 10, 1W, 6L, .888 SV%, 3.54 GAA)
Jeremy Smith is the only played to wear number 40 who wasn’t drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted 54th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. In July 2016 Smith signed as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche. The deal was a one-year two-way deal. When Varlamov was injured, Smith was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche. He played in 10 games and had a single win. In the offseason he signed with the Hurricanes. This past offeseason he signed with an AHL team.
Marek Svatos (Regular Season GP 316, 96G, 68A, 207 PIM)
Marek Svatos was drafted 227th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Svatos was a player with tremendous skill, but had a career plagued with injuries. In March 2006 Svatos fractured his shoulder and was unable to play in a game for the remainder of the season. In March 2008 Svatos tore his ACL and was forced to miss the remainder of that season as well. In April 2009 Svatos injured his hand, making him sit out for the remaining few games of the season. In the 2010 season Marek missed a number of games due to a chest injury and a groin injury.
While wearing the burgundy and blue, Svatos was able to amass 164 points in 316 games.
Svatos sadly died November 5th, 2016 in Colorado. He was only 34 years old.
Alex Tanguay (Regular Season GP 598, 167G, 321A, 287 PIM)
Alex Tanguay was drafted 12th overall in 1998 by the Colorado Avalanche, and he had the game winning goal in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final that saw Ray Bourque raise the Cup for his first time in his career. Tanguay was nominated for the Calder trophy. In July 2006 he was traded to the Calgary Flames and then played for Montreal and Tampa before making his way back to Calgary, and ultimately, traded back to the Colorado Avalanche in June 2013. He was traded from Colorado to the Coyotes in 2016 and went on to retire in February 2017 and became a Studio Analyst for the NHL Network. Between his two stays with Colorado Tanguay played almost 600 games and had 488 points.[qsm quiz=72]