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Colorado Avalanche Place Three On NHL.com's Best Players By Jersey Numbers List

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Several former Avs/Nordiques make the list. Try and spot them.

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