Foote's No. 52 will be the fifth retired in the 18-year history of the Avalanche, joining Joe Sakic (No. 19), Peter Forsberg (No. 21), Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77). Foote will be the ninth player in franchise history to have his number retired; the Quebec Nordiques retired the numbers of Peter Stastny (No. 26), Michel Goulet (No. 16), Marc Tardif (No. 8) and J.C. Tremblay (No. 3) before the team moved to Colorado in 1995.
Foote, 42, played 17 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. He was a member of Colorado's 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams and helped the franchise win an NHL-record nine consecutive division titles from 1995 to 2003. Selected by Quebec in the second round (No. 22) of the 1989 NHL Draft, Foote appeared in more regular-season (967) and Stanley Cup Playoff games (170) than any defenseman in franchise history.
Foote served as captain from 2009-11, becoming the second captain in Avalanche history at the time. Foote also captained the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2005-08.
Foote had 308 points (66 goals) and 1,534 penalty minutes in 1,154 career games with Quebec/Colorado and Columbus. He was a combined plus-99 during his career. Foote appeared in 170 playoff games, second to Sakic (172) in franchise history.
Foote is the second-highest scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history with 259 points (56 goals) in 967 games, and he was plus-129 in a Colorado sweater, the second-highest plus/minus rating in franchise history behind Forsberg (plus-210).
The Toronto native represented Canada in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 2002 Games at Salt Lake City. He played for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004.