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A Series: Looking into Avalanche and Nordiques Player Numbers: Number 52

Doug Pensinger

Since 1992 only one man has worn the number 52 for the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche: Adam Foote. Before 1992, the number had never been worn.

Adam was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 22nd overall in the 1989 Draft. During the 1992 season he made the jump to the NHL and the rest, they say, is history. Between 1992 and 2004 he played exclusively for the Colorado Avalanche and the Quebec Nordiques. In that time he played in 799 regular season games, he had 55 goals, 179 assists and a whopping 1140 penalty minutes! During the playoffs he played 154 games, had 7 goals, 34 assist and 282 penalty minutes.

Foote moved to Columbus for the 2006 season and stayed there until February 26th, 2008 when he was traded back to Colorado for a first round pick in the 2008 draft and a conditional pick in the 2009 draft. That day, he appeared mid-period and got dressed rather quickly to get on the ice - for the Avalanche- as soon as possible. Between 2008 and his retirement after the 2011 season, he played in 168 regular season games, had 1 goal, 24 assists and 139 penalty minutes. He appeared in 16 playoff games, had one assist and 16 penalty minutes.

Foote was part of two Stanley Cup winning teams and the Gold medal Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics.