Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote will play in his 1000th NHL contest when the Avalanche travels to play the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, October 12. Foote will also tie Hall of Fame forward Michel Goulet for second place in franchise games played with 813. Foote has made more regular season (812) and post-season appearances (164) than any other defenseman in franchise history. He will become the 40th active player to reach this milestone, and the 14th current defensemen.
The Avalanche will honor Foote’s achievement in a special pre-game event next Thursday when the Avalanche returns home to host the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:00 p.m.
“Adam has meant a great deal to this organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s had a remarkable career and it’s an honor for us to be able to recognize this significant milestone.”
Foote, 37, was drafted originally by the Quebec Nordiques (22nd overall) in the 1989 NHL draft. Foote entered his 15th season with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise as the second-highest scoring blueliner in franchise history with 235 points (55g/180a). His 180 assists trail only Sandis Ozolinsh (181) for the club record among defensemen. Over his 812 games with the franchise, Foote has a plus/minus mark of + 141. His 55 goals ranks him third among franchise defensemen and his 1152 penalty minutes places him fourth on the franchise register.
Upon his return last season following his trade deadline acquisition, Foote helped guide the Avalanche to a 9-2-1 record in the 12 games he appeared in. He dressed in all 10 playoff games, recording the second-highest average on-ice time (21:14).