Known as one of the grittiest defensemen in Avalanche history, Adam Foote is about to earn franchise immortality.
Colorado will face the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night (8 p.m. MT), and it will do so underneath Foote’s newly-hanged “52.” A pregame ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. to celebrate Foote and add his name to the list of former Avalanche players who have had their numbers retired: Joe Sakic (No. 19) Peter Forsberg (No. 21), Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).
Doors to Pepsi Center will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. For those unable to attend, Altitude TV will air a special broadcast, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Foote will be the ninth player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques also retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (No. 26), Michel Goulet (No. 16), Marc Tardif (No. 8) and J.C. Tremblay (No. 3).
Foote, 42 and a Avalanche defensive development consultant, played 19 seasons in the NHL, with 17 of those coming with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. He was a member of Colorado’s 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams and helped the franchise capture an NHL-record nine consecutive division titles from 1995 to 2003. Originally selected by Quebec in the second round (22nd overall) of the 1989 Entry Draft, Foote appeared in more regular-season (967) and playoff games (170) than any other defenseman in franchise history.
Foote spent two seasons as Colorado’s team captain (2009-11), becoming just the second captain in Avalanche history at the time. He also captained the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2005-08.
Overall, Foote amassed 308 points (66g/242a) and 1,534 penalty minutes in 1,154 career games with Quebec/Colorado and Columbus. The blueliner was a combined +99 throughout his career, and he appeared in 170 career playoff games, second to only Sakic (172) in franchise history.
Foote is the second-highest scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history with 259 points (56g/203a) in 967 games. He is a combined +129 in an Avs sweater, the second-highest plus/minus rating in franchise annals behind Forsberg (+210).
The Toronto native represented Canada in the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and he helped Canada win the gold medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Foote won a gold medal and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and he also played for Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Prior to turning pro Foote spent three seasons with Sault Ste. Marie, where he was named to the Ontario Hockey League’s First All-Star Team in 1990-91. He helped the Greyhounds reach the Memorial Cup in 1991.