A Series: Looking into Avalanche and Nordiques Player Numbers: Number 3

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Avalanche and Nordiques Number 3!

This is the third part of the "Who wore it best?" for the Colorado Avalanche and the Quebec Nordiques with number three. For the most part, yesterday people thought that Sylvain Lefebvre wore it best. Today, we look into the Number 3. There have been a relatively low number of guys who have chosen this number.

Aaron Miller : Aaron played Defense for both the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche. He was part of the organization between 1994 and 2001. In 1996 when the Avalanche won the Cup he didn't play in the post season, and he was traded to the L.A. Kings as part of the deal that brought Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht.

In 1994 he played one game, had no points and was -1. In 1995 he played 9 games, had three points, 6 penalty minutes and was a +2. In 1996 he played 5 games, had no points and was a +/- 0. In 1997 he played 56 games, registered his first NHL goal with a total of 5, had a total of 17 points, with 15 penalty minutes and was a +15. He made his first NHL post-season appearance - he played in 17 games had three points and 10 penalty minutes. In 1998 he played 55 games, had 4 points, 51 penalty minutes and a +/- 0. In 1999 he played 76 games, had 18 points, 42 penalty minutes and was a +3. In 2000 he played 53 games, had 8 points, 36 penalty minutes and was a +3. In 2001 he played 56 games and had 13 points, 29 penalty minutes and was a fantastic +19.

Lawrence Nycholat: Lawrence appeared in the Avalanche uniform for only one year: 2009. He played in 5 games, had no points and was a -2.

Ryan O`Byrne : The guy who, when the league is playing, is currently sporting the number 3. Ryan joined the Avs in 2011. One of his most remembered acts, on the ice, is staying on the ice after Taylor Hall 's skate caught him in the cheek and mouth and produced a ghastly gash. Afterword, he said he didn't realize how bad it was until he saw his linemate screaming at him to get off the ice.

During the 2011 season Ryan played 64 games, had 10 points, 71 penalty minutes and was a -7. In 2012 he played in 74 games, had 7 points (including his first goal in Avalanche gear), had 57 penalty minutes and was a -5.

Karlis Skrastins : Karlis was a Latvian Defenseman. He played with Colorado from 2004 to 2008. Karlis was known as the Iron Man, he played 495 games in a row before missing one due to a knee injury. His jersey was, at last check, still able to be seen at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Sadly, Karlis' most lasting memory will be that he was one of the men that perished in the Lokomotiv plane crash.

In 2004 Karlis played 82 games, had 13 points, 26 penalty minutes and was a +18! During the playoffs he played in 18 games, had 2 points and 2 penalty minutes. In 2006 he once again dressed for all 82 games, had 14 points, 65 penalty minutes, and was -7. During the playoffs he played 9 games, had one point and had 10 penalty minutes. In 2007 he played 68 games had 11 points, 30 penalty minutes and was a +/-0. In 2008, his final season with the Avalanche he played in 43 games, had 4 points, 20 penalty minutes and was a -2.

Pascal Trepanier :Pascal had two stints in Colorado. He played 15 games in 1998 and then went to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, before he came back to the Avalanche in 2002 to play 74 games.

During his first stint he he had 1 point, 18 penalty minutes and was a -2. In his second stint with the Avalanche he had 13 points, 59 penalty minutes and was a +4.

Trevor Stienburg : Trevor was part of the Quebec Nordiques organization between 1986 and 1989. In 1986 he played 2 games, had a goal - his only point and had no penalty minutes. He was also a +/- 0. In 1987 he played in 6 games and had another goal, 12 penalty minutes and was once again a +/- 0. In 1988 he played in 8 games, had his first assist, had 24 penalty minutes and was a -1. He really made the jump in 1989. this proved to be his last stint in the NHL. In 1989 he played 55 games, had 9 points, 125 penalty minutes and was a -17.

All Stats are taken from HockeyDB.com 
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