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The 70s: Who wore it best

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As the series nears the end, the number of times a number has been worn is significantly lower now. In fact, often, it hasn't been worn at all.


Only 8 people have worn this jersey number in the NHL since the 1951 season. None have played for Colorado or Quebec.


Patrice Brisebois (2006 and 2007):

Patrice was a second-round draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 1989. He remained there until after "the lost season", after that he made made his way to Colorado. Patrice played two seasons in Denver, before making his way back to Montreal to finish his career. While in Denver he played 113 regular season games, had 49 points (11 G, 38A) and 77 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 9 post-season games and had an assist in those.


Out of the 21 players to sport the number since the '51 season, none have chosen to sport it for the Avalanche nor the Nordiques.


Alain Cote (1994):

Alain was drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round of the 1985 Draft. In his last season in the NHL, he made his way to Quebec. He played 6 games in Nords gear. In that time he had no points, 4 penalty minutes and was a -2.


Fourteen players have worn this number, none for the Colorado or Quebec organizations.


Walt Poddubny (1989):

Walt was drafted in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 draft. The summer before the 1989 season he was traded to Quebec. He played 77 games for them that season, and the right wing, had 38 goals, 37 assists and 107 penalty minutes. Even with all those points, he was a -18 on the season.


Yet another number that hasn't been worn yet.


Raymond Bourque (2000-2001):

A guy I'm sure no one here has heard of. Right. Ray was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round (8th overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft. He would stay there until being traded to Colorado on March 6th, 2000. He, along with Dave Andreychuk came to Colorado in exchange for Brian Rolston, Samuel Pahlsson, Martin Grenier and a first round pick - who turned out to be Martin Samuelsson. The Avs wanted to win the Cup for Ray, and in 2001 Mission 16W was accomplished. In his 94 regular season games with the Avalanche he had 15 goals, 58 assists, 54 penalty minutes and averaged a +17. He also played in 34 playoff games and had 5 goals, 14 assists and 20 penalty minutes in that time. No other member of the Colorado Avalanche will wear number 77 as it has been raised to the rafters.


Nope, yet another number that hasn't been worn.


No love for this one either.