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Colorado Avalanche Greats by Number: 60 and Over

November 20th, 2012 at 9:15 PM
By Jake Green

In the final part in the series, all jersey numbers over 60 are listed. Click here for part six.

60: Jose Theodore (2006-08), former Hart Trophy winner, was acquired for David Aebischer in 2006. Prior to arriving in Colorado, he famously failed a drug test before the start of the Olympics. His positive test resulted from taking Propecia, the hair replacement drug. His three shutouts came against Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Calgary. His last game in Colorado was against Detroit, where he was yanked after three goals in the first period in the playoffs. Stats: 91 GP, 42-39-5, 3 SO, .902 SV%, 2.76 GAA.

62: Paul Stastny (2006-Current), who currently wears 26, wore number 62 for seven games before John-Michael Liles switched his number from 26 to 4. In his first game in his new number, he scored his first career goal against for Avs goalie David Aebischer. He set the NHL record for consecutive games with a point as a rookie at 20 games. He finished second in the Calder Trophy voting, behind Evgeni Malkin in 2007. He was one of the last players in the league to use a wood stick before switching to graphite at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Stats: 427 GP, 126-248-374, +4, 228 PIMS.

63: Joel Prpic (2000-01), who was born in Ontario, was drafted by Boston in 1993 as the first Croatian player. Despite being 6'6", he never scored an NHL and only tallied three points in his short NHL career. During the 2012 Division II World Championships, his first appearance for Croatia, he led the tournament in scoring with 13 points in five games. Stats: 3 GP, 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIMS.

71: Patrice Brisebois (2005-07) had his best season his first season in Colorado. He totaled 39 points in 80, topping his previous high of 37. His time with the Avalanche was cut short when a back injury against Dallas on Dec. 27, 2006 forced him out of the lineup for the rest of the season. After his playing days where over, he tried his hand at racing. He pulled out of his first race but finished 12th place the next time out. Stats: 113 GP, 11-38-49, -4, 77 PIMS.

77: Ray Bourque (2000-01) was almost not traded to Colorado. Boston had an offer from Philadelphia on the table. Bruins' GM Harry Sinden thought the Avs were the better team and the rest is history. When Colorado won the cup in 2001, Bourque hoisted the cup first, as Joe Sakic handed the cup to him before hoisting it. He holds the record for most games (1,612) played before winning his first cup. Also, he is one of six players to have their number retired with more than one team. Stats: 94 GP,15-58-73, +34, 54 PIMS.

87: Pierre Turgeon (2005-07), alongside Stephane Matteau, was on the Quebec team that finished fourth in the 1982 Little World Series. He is also known for being on the receiving end of the heinous cheap shot from Dale Hunter in the 1993 playoffs. His shining moment in Colorado was scoring his 500th career goal on Nov. 8, 2005 against San Jose. He has a racehorse named after him in France. Stats: 79 GP, 20-33-53, Even, 42 PIMS.

88: Peter Mueller (2010-12) scored a goal in his first game after being acquired from Phoenix in 2010. Unfortunately, concussions cut his time short in Colorado. He sustained one on a hit from Rob Blake late 2010 and another the last week of the preseason the following year. Those caused him to miss all of the 2010-11 season and most of the next one. Stats: 47 GP, 16-20-36, +1, 16 PIMS.

92: Gabriel Landeskog (2011-Current) has already built himself a solid reputation in his first season. He won the Calder Trophy as best rookie, was the only Avs player to play in all 82 games and was named team captain in September. With that, he became the youngest captain in the history of the NHL, beating Sidney Crosby by 11 days. Not only did he lead the team in points, he led the team with a +20 rating. Stats: 82 GP, 22-30-52, +20, 51 PIMS.

94: Ryan Smyth (2007-09), like Mueller, had has time cut short due to injuries. He had his lowest point total since 1998-99 season, netting only 37 points in 55 games in 2007-08. His injuries included head, neck and ankle ailments. The next season, he was tied with Milan Hejduk for team lead in points with 59. He was traded at the 2010 NHL draft to Los Angeles. Stats: 132 GP, 40-56-96, -19, 112 PIMS.

97: Per Ledin (2009) was originally signed by Columbus before having his contract voided by the league due to contractual errors. He eventually signed a one-year deal with Colorado and started the season in Lake Erie. He played the last three games of the 2008-09 season as an injury replacement for Marek Svatos. Stats: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMS.

In the future, more numbers will be used so the list will grow. Any new numbers will be covered at Avalanche 101.

Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog, Hockey, NHL, Paul Stastny, Ray Bourque

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