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Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 10 through 19

November 6th, 2012 at 11:18 AM
By Jake Green

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Here is the second installment in the series, Colorado Avalanche all-time greatest players by jersey number: 10 through 19. Click here for part one.

10: Brad May (2005-07) was a tough guy who never backed down from a fight. His short time is Colorado was not without controversey. There was a uproar when he signed because of his allegded invovlement in the Steve Moore-Todd Bertuzzi incident in 2004. Stats: 64 GP, 3-6-9, -14, 90 PIMS.

11: Chris Dingman (1999-2001) also was into the fisticuffs.According to, he ended his career with 120 fights. He had 31 of those with the Colorado Avalanche. He also wore number six when he arrived in Colorado. Stats: 110 GP, 9-4-13, -5, 247 PIMS.

12: Brad Richardson (2005-08) was drafted 163rd in the 2003 NHL draft. He scored his first career hat trick against the Avalanche as a member of the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 23, 2010. Stats: 136 GP, 19-21-40, +1, 48 PIMS.

13: Valeri Kamensky (1995-99), along with Alexei Gusarov, became the first Russians to be members of the Triple Gold Club, winning Olympic Gold, World Championships and the Stanley Cup. He earned the primary assist on Peter Forsberg's first career goal Jan. 27, 1995. His famous mid-air, spin-o-rama goal was featured in the opening of the video game NHL98. Stats: 289 GP, 106-155-261, +18, 211 PIMS.

14: Ian Laperriere (2005-09) had his best scoring year with the Avs. He posted a career-high 45 points during the 2005-06 season. He broke the team record for career fights with 52, fighting David Hale on April 1, 2009. Also, he scored his 100th goal and played his 1000th in a Colorado jersey. Stats: 307 GP, 40-72-112, +3, 552 PIMS.

15: Andrew Brunette (2005-08) is famously known for scoring the last goal Patrick Roy ever surrendered in the NHL. He also scored the series-clinching goal against the Dallas Stars during the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals. He is currently the only former ECHL alum to have played 1000 games in the NHL.  Stats: 246 GP, 70-135-205, +6, 98 PIMS.

16: Warren Rychel (1995-96, 98-99) earned a ring as part of the cup-winning team in 1996. He scored his lone playoff goal in game two of the Western Conference Finals.  During his second stint in Colorado, he wore the number 10. Stats: 88 GP, 6-4-10, +8, 233 PIMS.

17: Radim Vrbata (2001-03) was one of the late round draft picks that turned into a success. As a seventh round pick, he scored 18 goals as a rookie in 20001-02. He has become one of the top scoring threats in the league, tallying 35 goals last season for Phoenix. Stats: 118 GP, 29-31-60, +7, 30 PIMS.

18: Adam Deadmarsh (1995-2001) was a huge part of their first Stanley Cup run in 1996. He is also famous for being the first person to have their name misspelled (Deadmarch) and corrected on the cup. He was part of the deal that brought back Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht in 2001. Stats: 405 GP, 129-142-271, +14, 667 PIMS.

19: Joe Sakic (1995-2009) would be one of the four faces on the Mt. Rushmore for Avalanche greats. He is all-time leader in goals, assists and points. He also holds the NHL record with eight career playoff overtime goals. He was named tournament MVP for his performance at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He did not speak English until kindergarten because his parents were immigrants from Croatia. Stats: 870 GP, 391-624-1015, +131, 431 PIMS.

Check back Saturday for part three.

Tags: Adam Deadmarsh, Andrew Brunette, Brad May, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Joe Sakic, NHL, Valeri Kamensky

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