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Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 20 Through 29

November 9th, 2012 at 2:30 PM
By Jake Green

Here is the third installment in the series, Colorado Avalanche all-time greatest players by jersey number: 20 through 29. Click here for part two.

20: Rene Corbet (1995-99) won the AHL rookie of the year trophy in 1994 as a member of the Cornwall Aces. He score two goals in game two of the 1996 Stanley Cup finals. He is also the only Avalanche player to have worn number 20 for more than one season. Stats: 407 GP, 39-47-86 +35, 291 PIMS.

21: Peter Forsberg (1995-2004, 2008, 2011) would be the second face on the Avalanche Mt. Rushmore. First season in Colorado, he scored a career-high 116 points. It was also the only season he would play in all 82 games. He had one career fight in the NHL against Detroit's Martin Lapointe, 10 days before the famous Avalanche-Red Wings brawl. He won the Calder Trophy, Art Ross, Hart and one of the three players that have enough titles to a member of the Triple Gold Club twice. Had he not been bitten by the injury bug constantly, he could have easily hit 1,000 points. Stats: 544 GP, 202-503-705, +194, 540 PIMS.

22: Claude Lemieux (1995-99) is most famous for drilling Detroit's Kris Draper into the boards during the 1996 playoffs, igniting the rivalry. He was a clutch playoff performer totaling 80 goals, good for ninth all-time. He had over 100 penalty minutes in three of his four seasons in Colorado. Stats: 297 GP, 106-106-212, +3, 381 PIMS.

23: Milan Hejduk (1999-Current) is nine games away from being the first to play in 1,000 games in an Avalanche jersey. He won the Maurice Richard trophy for scoring the most goals in the 2002-03 season with 50. His most famous goal is the overtime winner against the Dallas Stars, where he shakes, dives at the red line and starts swimming. It is safe to say, when he retires his number will go to the rafters, making him the last Avs player to wear the number 23.  Stats: 991 GP, 371-423-794, +108, 316 PIMS.

24: Jon Klemm (1995-2001) was a key member on defense for both cup-winning teams. That is pretty good for a player who was undrafted and was signed by Quebec in 1991. He is now an assistant coach for his former junior team, Spokane Chiefs, in the WHL. Stats: 393 GP, 28-55-83, +73, 206 PIMS.

25: Shjon Podein (1998-2002) was acquired from Philadelphia as a top-level penalty killer. He tied a career-high in goals (15) and points (32) during the 2000-01 season. He is remembered for wearing his jersey for 25 hours after game seven in the Stanley Cup finals. Podein also won the 2001 King Clancy trophy for his charity work. Stats: 239 GP, 34-37-71, +16 160 PIMS.

26: Stephane Yelle (1995-2002, 2010) is also a member of both cup-winning teams. He was known for his prowess in the face-off circle. His best season was the 1995-96 season, when he had 13 goals and 27 points. Also, he wore the number 18 when he was re-acquired from Carolina in 2010. Stats: 443 GP, 50-78-128, +5 256 PIMS.

27: Scott Parker (1998-2003, 06-08) earned the nickname as "The Sheriff" from his reputation as a fighter and enforcer. He fought 51 times in Colorado, 31 of which occured between 2000 and 2002. Recently, he defended the actions of Todd Bertuzzi towards Steve Moore and spoke badly about MooreStats: 237 GP, 5-11-16, +1, 538 PIMS.

28: Steven Reinprecht (2001-03), as a rookie, was one of the players acquired in the Rob Blake deal. His play-making ability and two-way play turned him into a 50-point player in 2002-03. He is currently playing for the Nurnberg Ice Tigers in Germany.  Stats: 165 GP, 40-64-104, +7, 38 PIMS.

29: Eric Messier (1997-2003) was a diverse player, having the ability to play both defense and wing positions. Undrafted out of junior, he was discovered by Bob Hartley, who was the minor-league coach for the Avs at the time, while playing at University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres. Stats: 385 GP, 25-47-72, +1, 130 PIMS.

The fourth installment of the series will be here on Avalanche 101 Monday.

Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Milan Hedjuk, NHL, Peter Forsberg, Stephane Yelle

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