As NHL training camps get underway in the next couple of weeks, NHL.com has produced a list of best hockey players by jersey numbers. Broken down into three parts, the Avalanche have three players on the list.â†µ
The first should come as no surprise: Patrick Roy at no. 33. Much like Mario Lemieux at no. 66 and Wayne Gretzky at no. 99, mention no. 33 to a hockey fan and Patrick Roy will immediately come to mind. Roy will likely never lose this spot in future lists as his closest competition is center Henrik Sedin.
Defenseman Adam Foote checks in at no. 52. With the exception of nearly two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2006-08, Foote has been a mainstay on the Avs' blue line.â†µ
Ray Bourque took no. 77, and there isn't much debate that he shouldn't be there. Paul Coffey came in as the runner-up. Despite playing only one full season for the Avs, Bourque's time with the franchise resulted in the 2001 Stanley Cup Championship and a retired number.â†µ
Paul Stastny's father, Peter, took the no. 26 jersey for his career as a Quebec Nordique. Will Paul ever enter into the competition for the best no. 26?â†µ
Several former Avs/Nordiques make the list. Try and spot them.â†µ