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A Series: Looking into Avalanche and Nordiques Player Numbers: Number 10

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A number of players have chosen to wear number 10.

Bill Derlago: Bill was the fourth overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in 1978. As his career was winding down he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques in 1987. That year, his last in the NHL, he played 18 games for the Nords had 3 goals, 5 assists, 6 penalty minutes and was a -4.

Mike Eagles: Mike was drafted 116 overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1981. The left wing made his first appearance, well actually two NHL appearances, in 1983. He had no points and two penalty minutes. During his career with the Nords he played a total of 224 games, had 24 goals and 41 assists for a total of 75 points. He had a total of 180 penalty minutes.

Anders Eldebrink: Andres was an undrafted defenceman. In 1983 he wore the number 10 for 12 games and had a goal and two assists and was a -1.

Guy Lafleur: Guy was the first overall pick in 1971. He spent most of his career with the team that drafted him: the Montreal Canadiens. However, from 1986 to 1988 he didn't play in the NHL, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1989 he came back and signed with the Rangers. In 1990 he moved on to the Quebec Nordiques and stayed for two seasons. While with the Nords, he chose to continue not wearing his bucket - which he could do due to the grandfather clause. He played 98 games had 24 goals and 38 assists. He also had a very low 6 penalty minutes. Lafleur was so loved in Montreal that even when he played against the team fans would still chant and cheer for him.

Jason Lafreniere: The forward was drafted 36th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1985. Jason played for the Nordiques in 1987 and 1988, but he only wore the number 10 in 1988, during that season he played 40 games and had 10 goals, 19 assists, and 4 penalty minutes.

Rich LeDuc: Rich wore the number 10 in 1980 and 1981. During this time he played 97 games had 24 goals, 34 assists and 55 penalty minutes.

Jimmy Mann: Jimmy was drafted 19th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1979. He played in Nords gear from 1984-1986.During that time he played 82 games, had 1 goal, 8 assists and 244 penalty minutes.

Max Middendorf:Max was drafted 57th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1985. Although Max played for the Nords between 1987 and 1990, he only wore the number ten in his first year. In 1987 he played 6 games had 1 goal, 4 assist, 4 penalty minutes and was a -2.

Gaston Therrien: Gaston was drafted in the 7th round by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1980 draft. Against all odds he cracked the roster during three separate seasons, however, he didn't play too many games.He played 22 games in total, had no goals and 8 assists and a total of 12 penalty minutes.

Mark Vermette: Mark played for the Nordiques from 1989 to 1992, but only wore this number in 1989. During that season the 134th pick of the 1986 Draft played 12 games, had no goals, 4 assists, and 7 penalty minutes.

Serge Aubin: Serge was drafted 161st overall in the 1994 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although he started playing for the Colorado Avalanche in 1999, it was until the 2003 season that he wore the popular number 10. That season he played 66 games, had 10 points (4g, 6a), 64 penalty minutes and was -2.

Kyle Cumiskey: Kyle was another guy that was drafted in the 7th round, he was the 222nd pick in the 2005 Draft. Although he played for Colorado from 2007 until 2011, it was until 2010 that he made the switch to the lucky number 10. During his time with the number he played 79 games, had 8 goals, 20 assists, and 30 penalty minutes.

Josef Marha: Josef was the 35th overall draft choice by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994. In 1997 and in 1998 he wore this number for 17 games. He had 2 goals, 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

Brad May: Brad will probably be one of the most controversial players during this entire jersey numbers series. Brad was the 14th overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1990. Brad was named in the lawsuit by Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi for, allegedly, putting a bounty on Steve's head. He played for Colorado between 2006 and 2007, in that time he played 64 games, had 9 points (3 g, 6 a) and 90 penalty minutes.

Troy Murray: Troy was the 57th overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1980. In his last NHL season, 1996, he played 63 games for the Colorado Avalanche. During that time he had 7 goals, 14 assists, 22 penalty minutes and was +15.

Ville Nieminen: Ville was picked 78th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, he played for the Avalanche from 2000 to 2002. He only wore the number ten in 2002. He played 53 games, had 10 goals, 14 assists, 30 penalty minutes and was +1.

Warren Rychel: Warren is the third guy on the list today that was undrafted. He played for Colorodo between 1996 and 1999.He wore the number 10 in 1998. That season he played 8 games, had 0 points, 23 penalty minutes and was -1.

Wyatt Smith: Wyatt was a 9th round draft pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1997. In 2008 he played 25 games for the Colorado Avalanche. Earning 0 goals, 3 points, 8 penalty minutes and was -4.