DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche announced they will retire the number 52 in honor of former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote.
The Avalanche will raise Foote’s No. 52 to the rafters at Pepsi Center during the 2013-14 season. They said they will pickout the game and date later this summer..
Foote’s No. 52 will be the fifth sweater number retired in the 18-year history of the Colorado Avalanche, joining Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).
Foote will be the ninth player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay (3).
Foote, 41, played 19 seasons in the NHL -- 17 of those with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. He was a member of Colorado’s 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams and helped the franchise capture an NHL-record nine consecutive division titles from 1995 to 2003.
Originally selected by Quebec in the second round of the 1989 Entry Draft, Foote appeared in more regular season (967) and playoff games (170) than any other defenseman in franchise history.
Foote is still the second-highest scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Nordiques history with 259 points (56g/203a) in 967 games. He is a combined +129 in an Avs sweater, the second-highest plus/minus number in franchise annals behind Forsberg (+210).