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Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 30 Through 39

November 12th, 2012 at 4:52 PM
By Jake Green

Here is the fourth installment in the series, Colorado Avalanche greatest players by jersey numbers: 30 through 39. Click here for part three.

30: Marc Denis (1996-2000) was drafted in the first round in the 1995 draft as the goalie of the future. It never worked out for Denis, who only played in 28 games for the Avs. After he was traded to Columbus, he set a then-record 4,511 minutes during the 2002-03 season. Stats: 28 GP, 10-10-4, 3 SO, .916 SV%, 2.93 GAA.

31: Peter Budaj (2005-11) played in the second most games for a goalie in Avalanche history. He is also the first Slovakian goalie to win 100 games in NHL history. He is probably best known for having Ned Flanders, from The Simpsons, on the backplate of his mask. Stats: 242 GP, 101-92-27, 9 SO, .901 SV%, 2.83 GAA.

32: Riku Hahl (2001-04) was known for his defensive skills as a forward. He scored his first career goal on Tomas Vokoun April 1, 2002. He is currently playing for Jokerit in Finland. Stats: 92 GP, 5-8-13, -3, 38 PIMS.

33: Patrick Roy (1995-2003) would be the third face on the Avalanche Mt. Rushmore and is one of the greatest goalies of all-time. He was a very superstitious player, doing things like talking to the posts and not touching the red and blue lines. He shined the brightest during the playoffs, holding the NHL records for most games played by a goalie (247), wins (151) and Conn Smythe trophies (3). Stats: 478 GP, 262-140-65, 37 SO, .918 SV%, 2.27 GAA.

34: Kurt Sauer (2004-08) was originally drafted by Colorado but never signed with the team. He signed with Anaheim then was traded to the Avs for Martin Skoula in 2004. His younger brother, Michael, plays for the Rangers. Also, his older brother, Kent, was drafted but never played for Nashville. His oldest brother, Craig, played in the NFL and his father, Curt, was a pitcher in the Twins organization. Stats: 153 GP, 2-16-18, +16, 108 PIMS.

35: Stephane Fiset (1995-96) was poised to take the starting goaltending role prior to the Patrick Roy trade. He still post over 20 wins in his lone season in Colorado. He was traded 10 days after they won the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings with a 1st round pick for Eric Lacroix and the pick that turned into Martin Skoula. Stats: 37 GP, 22-6-7, 1 SO, .898 SV%, 2.93 GAA.

36: Jeff Odgers (1997-2000) is known for his sweet mustache he sported during his days in Colorado. Also known for his fisticuffs, he totaled 72 fights during his three seasons for the Avalanche, which he is the all-time leader according to hockeyfights.com. During his first season, he was responsible for 27 of the team's 80 fights. Stats: 205 GP, 8-13-21, -5, 634 PIMS.

37: Chris Drury (1998-2002), former Little League World Series champion, is the only player to win the Hobey Baker award and the Calder trophy.  He was also a clutch playoff performer, netting 11 game-winning goals in the playoffs for Colorado. Because of that, Drury was known as one of the best clutch players in the league. Stats: 314 GP, 85-137-222, +24, 189 PIMS.

38: Dan Hinote (1999-2006) originally went to Army to become a FBI agent. He eventually became the first player ever drafted out of the Army in 1996. He also became the first Florida-born player to score in the NHL when he scored on Dan Cloutier of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is probably better known wearing the number 13 for the Avs. Stats: 353 GP, 27-38-65, +2, 254 PIMS.

39: Ville Nieminen (2000-02) played for seven different teams during his NHL career. He is most known for being a pest, playing in the mold of fellow Finn, Esa Tikkanen. He also scored a goal in game six of the 2001 Stanley Cup finals against New Jersey, with the Avs being down three games to two. Stats: 104 GP, 24-22-46, +9, 68 PIMS.

Check back Thursday when part five of the series will be dissected.

Tags: Chris Drury, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, NHL, Patrick Roy, Peter Budaj

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