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Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 50 Through 59

November 17th, 2012 at 9:30 PM
By Jake Green

This is the sixth installment in the series. Numbers 56 and 58 will not be on here because nobody in Colorado history has worn either of those jerseys. Click here for part five.

50: Brian Willsie (2000-2003, 08-10) was drafted 146th in the 1996 draft. He did not make the roster full-time until 2001-02, when he tallied 14 points in 56 games. His first career goal was scored on Arturs Irbe and the Carolina Hurricanes. He also wore 18 during his second stint in Colorado. Stats: 115 GP, 8-11-19, -3, 43 PIMS.

51: Andrei Kovalenko (1995), nicknamed the "Tank" because of his immovable presence in the crease, was part of the famous Patrick Roy deal with Montreal. Even though it did not happen in an Avs sweater, he scored the last goal at the Montreal Forum and the first goal at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Currently, he is the chairman of the KHL players' association. Stats: 26 GP, 11-11-22, +11, 16 PIMS.

52: Adam Foote (1995-2004, 08-11) would be the last face on the Mt. Rushmore of Colorado greats. Known for his stellar defensive play and punishing body checks, he also put the puck in the net on occasion. He had his best playoff game in game six of the 2001 finals, getting one goal and adding two assists against the Devils. In his final game, he was named first star in a 4-3 overtime win over Boston. Stats: 760 GP, 48-173-221, +107, 948 PIMS.

53: Derek Morris (2002-04) was part of two huge trades in Avs history. He was acquired from Calgary in the Chris Drury deal and he was sent to Phoenix in the trade that got the draft pick that was used on Paul Stastny. He set a career high in points with 48 during his lone full season in Colorado. Stats: 144 GP, 17-59-76, +20, 115 PIMS.

54: David Jones (2008-Current) is the definition of a draft-day steal. He was picked 288th, or fifth from last, in 2003 out of Dartmouth. He has turned into one of the team's top goal scorers. After signing a four-year deal in the offseason, he will have plenty of opportunities to improve on back-to-back 20 goal season. Stats: 239 GP, 67-50-117, -22, 78 PIMS.

55: Cody McLeod (2007-Current), undrafted out of the WHL, has turned into one of the feistiest players in the league. After making the big club, he became the first rookie in team history with over 100 penalty minutes. Also, he is the first in team history with five straight seasons with 100+ penalty minutes. He scored his first career goal over future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek. Stats: 348 GP, 37-29-66, -37, 773 PIMS,

57: George Parros (2006), known famously for his iconic mustache, was picked up on waivers from Los Angeles before being traded one month later to Anaheim. Amazingly enough, he had no penalty minutes in his short stay. Stats: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS.

59: Brandon Yip (2009-12), who also wore 18, is three-quarters Chinese and one-quarter Irish decent. His first career goal came against Jonas Hiller and Anaheim on Dec. 22, 2009. He registered a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 5-0 win over Dallas in 2010. Stats: 113 GP, 23-18-41, -16, 84 PIMS.

The final part will be posted Tuesday here on Avalanche 101.

Tags: Adam Foote, Cody McLeod, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, David Jones, Hockey, NHL

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