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Numbers Game: Offseason Acquisitions

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
It may not be the most celebrated part of the National Hockey League’s offseason, but many fans still look forward to seeing which jersey number their favorite team’s newest acquisitions will be wearing when the season opens.

Some jersey numbers are almost arbitrary, while others hold a special meaning to a player. For example, Paul Stastny wears No. 26 as a tribute to his father, Peter Stastny, who wore that sweater number when he played for the Quebec Nordiques. On the other hand, some younger players like David Jones (No. 54) and Cody McLeod (No. 55) are still wearing the numbers they were originally assigned in training camp a few years back.

The following is a look at the newest players in the Avalanche organization, who were either signed as free agents or acquired in trades this summer, and the jersey numbers they will wear beginning in camp.

“Last Worn By” denotes the last Avalanche/Nordiques player to wear the number during an NHL contest.

Free Agent Signings/Trades:
#3 – Brett Skinner

The defenseman, who made his NHL debut last year by skating in 11 games for the New York Islanders, was signed by Colorado as a free agent on July 8. Skinner wore sweater No. 4 during his stint on Long Island a year ago. Only four players have donned No. 3 in franchise history (Aaron Miller, Pascal Trepanier, Karlis Skrastins and Lawrence Nycholat), but there's a story that goes along with that fact. J.C. Tremblay's No. 3 jersey was retired by the Nordiques just before the franchise moved into the NHL in 1979. When the organization arrived in Colorado for the 1995-96 campaign, the number once again became available to Avalanche players.
Last Worn By: Lawrence Nycholat (2009)

#12 – Darren Haydar
The Avalanche locked up Haydar, a high-scoring forward in the American Hockey League, on July 6. Haydar has 22 games of NHL experience with the Nashville Predators (where he wore No. 54) and the Atlanta Thrashers (No. 38). A total of 14 players have worn No. 12 in franchise history.
Last Worn By: Brad Richardson (2005-08)

#20 – Tom Preissing
Preissing was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings, along with fellow defenseman Kyle Quincey, in a July 3 trade. Preissing previously donned a No. 42 jersey with the Kings, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks. Twelve players have worn No. 20 for the Avalanche/Nordiques, including notables such as Anton Stastny (1980-89) and Valeri Kamensky (1991-92).
Last Worn By: Mark Rycroft (2006-07)

#27 – Kyle Quincey
The defenseman, who was acquired by the Avalanche along with Preissing, will stick with the No. 27 he wore last season while skating in 72 games with Los Angeles. Prior to his time in California, Quincey sported both No. 4 and No. 45 while appearing in 13 games over three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. Quincey would become the 14th player in franchise history to wear #27.
Last Worn By: Scott Parker (2007-08)

#28 – David Koci
The bruising forward from Prague had a No. 33 on his sweater last season while playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. Previously, he wore No. 48 during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. Interestingly, No. 28 is the second most popular number in franchise history, with 21 players having previously worn the number (Koci would be the 22nd). The most popular? No. 17, which 22 players have occupied.
Last Worn By: Ben Guite (2006-09)

#41 – Craig Anderson
The new Avalanche goaltender, who has worn No. 31 throughout his entire NHL career, will have a new sweater number for the 2009-10 campaign. Anderson will become the sixth player in franchise history to don No. 41, joining Jean-Marc Richard, Doug Smail, Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Skoula and Mike Vernace.
Last Worn By: Mike Vernace (2009)

#57 – Brian Fahey
Fahey, acquired by the Avalanche in a trade on July 16, will enter his first training camp with Colorado wearing No. 57. The University of Wisconsin product and AHL veteran would become just the second player in franchise history to occupy that number if he sees his first NHL action this season.
Last Worn By: George Parros (2006)
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