All fans in attendance at Sunday's game will receive a free Curtis Leschyshyn poster from renowned painter Stephen Holland
Defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn, a member of the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup winning team during the 1995-96 season, will become the eighth former player honored by the Avalanche Alumni Association prior to Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers.
The steady blueliner was a key component of the Avs’ first Cup-winning team, posting 19 points (4g/15a) in 77 regular season games. Leschyshyn held a plus/minus rating of +32 on the season, leading the team and ranking sixth in the league in the category. He also appeared in 17 playoff games, picking up a goal in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Vancouver which helped the Avs clinch the series and advance with a 3-2 win.
Leschyshyn was drafted third overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques and made his debut with the franchise the following season, playing 71 games as a rookie in 1988-89 and tallying 13 points (4g/9a).
The 6-foot-1 rearguard enjoyed his best offensive output during the 1992-93 season, totaling 32 points (9g/23a) in 82 games for the Nordiques.
During the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Leschyshyn posted a +29 plus/minus rating in just 44 games, which ranked him second in the NHL.
Over the span of 16 NHL seasons, Leschyshyn dressed for five different franchises and was a part of two organizations moving to new cities – Quebec moving to Colorado in 1995-1996 and the Hartford Whalers becoming the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98 – as well as an expansion franchise. Leschyshyn was chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the expansion draft in 2000.
The Thompson, Manitoba native would play his last games as an Ottawa Senator, where he spent parts of four seasons between 2001 and 2004. He served as an assistant captain for the Senators while also filling in as captain for a total of seven games during his last two years with the club.
Leschyshyn would sign again with the Avalanche right after the NHL lockout on Aug. 17, 2005, but retired before the 2005-06 season began.
He finished his career with 212 points (47g/165a) in 1,033 career NHL games, including 141 points (34g/107a) in 522 contests with the Avalanche organization.
During the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, Leschyshyn acted as a color analyst for Avalanche radio broadcasts.
Curtis is also an active cyclist, and won the 2005 Colorado State Time Trial Championship.
All fans in attendance during Sunday's game will receive a free Curtis Leschyshyn poster from renowned painter Stephen Holland and see him honored with a ceremonial puck drop.
UPCOMING AVALANCHE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NIGHTS
Date Opponent Alumni Honoree Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 Edmonton Oilers Mike Ricci Monday, March 1, 2010 Detroit Red Wings Valeri Kamensky