All fans in attendance at Thursday's game will receive a commemorative Scott Young poster and will see the former Avalanche forward honored during a ceremonial puck drop ceremony
Scott Young left a mark on the hockey world. Whether he was representing the United States at the World Junior and Olympic levels or helping his college and professional teams to victory, his hard work on the ice was never in short supply. Young was a member of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club as they evolved into a dominating force and claimed their first Stanley Cup in 1996. It is because of his hard work that his career in Colorado will be honored by the Avalanche Alumni Association prior to Thursday’s game versus Toronto.
Young joined the Quebec Nordiques in 1992, where he played three seasons before moving with the team to Denver. In his first season with Quebec, he tallied an impressive six short-handed goals. This feat was enough to put Young in the company of franchise greats Michel Goulet (1981-82) and Joe Sakic (1995-1996) as the only players to score six shorties in a single season in franchise history. He remains in the club’s record books today, tied for fourth with Alain Cote in career short-handed goals (10).
Donning the No. 48 sweater, Young proved he was a strong impact player for the Colorado Avalanche. A key contributor in the 1995-96 season, he played in all 22 post-season games and put up three goals and 12 assists en route to the club’s first Stanley Cup championship. Young made his goals count that year, scoring five game-winning goals among his 21 tallies. His contributions to the club were impressive and he finished his five seasons with the Quebec/Colorado franchise by totaling 113 goals and 134 assists with four hat tricks.
The Clinton, Mass., native first made noise when he represented the U.S. at the World Junior Championship in 1985. His international career was just beginning, as Young would go on to represent the U.S. on a number of different fronts. This included additional World Junior Championship, World Championship and Winter Olympic stints. At the 1987 World Junior Championship, he was one of two U.S. players to be named to the tournament all-star team after totaling nine points (7g/2a) in seven games.
He was also one of many current and past Avs to suit up in the Boston University sweater, joining the likes of current head coach Joe Sacco, current Avalanche winger Brandon Yip and former Colorado forward Chris Drury. In 1986, Young was named BU’s Rookie of the Year, an impressive title Yip would earn 20 years later.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger’s NHL dream started in 1986. After being drafted eleventh overall by Hartford, he wore a Whalers jersey from 1987-1990 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Penguins, Young contributed 27 points (11g/16a) in 43 games and helped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1991. Following this season, Young pursued hockey overseas in Italy. He continued to represent the United States during this time, playing for both the U.S. National Team and U.S. Olympic Team in 1991-92.
In his NHL career, Young played 1,181 games, totaling 757 points (342g/415a). After his time in Colorado, he spent the remaining eight years of his career between Anaheim, St. Louis and Dallas. Young retired from the game with the St. Louis Blues following the 2005-06 season. He went out on top, leading the Blues in scoring with 49 points (18g/31a) that season.
He is now head coach of the St. Mark’s varsity boys’ hockey program in Southborough, Mass. Young is an alumnus of the school having graduated from St. Mark’s in 1985.