The Colorado Avalanche will honor former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker as the team's honorary emergency goalie for its game versus the Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi center on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. MDT. Prior to faceoff, Walker will be presented with a special gift honoring his impending induction to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Walker, 53, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this past Jan. 21 and will be honored as part of the Hall's Induction Weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown, New York.
Raised in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia, Walker grew up a die-hard hockey player with aspirations of becoming an NHL goaltender. Although his ambitions in professional hockey never materialized, his baseball talent was recognized by the Montreal Expos when he was signed in 1984. Eleven years later in 1995, Walker signed with the Colorado Rockies as a free agent and played for more than 10 years in Colorado.
The first player who ever wore a Colorado Rockies uniform to be elected to the Hall of Fame, Walker batted .313 with 383 home runs over 17 seasons with Montreal, Colorado and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the National League MVP as a member of the Rockies in 1997 when he hit .366 with league-leading totals in home runs (49), total bases (409), on-base percentage (.452) and slugging percentage (.720). The three-time batting champion won seven Gold Glove Awards for fielding and three Silver Slugger Awards as an outfielder. Walker was a five-time All-Star who ranks 12th in career slugging percentage (.565) and 15th in career on-base percentage plus slugging (.965).
The Maple Ridge, British Columbia, native became only the second Canadian-born player elected to the Hall, joining Fergie Jenkins, a Chatham, Ontario, native that was inducted in 1991.