18 Adam Deadmarsh
1996-1997 Second Season
Starter Mesh. No set mark. Hem tagging 56R-1LS7.
Another very nice example of a second-season Avalanche home jersey. Adam Deadmarsh typically put heavy wear on his shirts, and this one is no exception. The body, front and back, is littered with heavy black marks, including a heavy slash mark across the crest. The sleeves also display an array of marks, including a nice dark mark on the sleeve number.
Although 96-97s often had a set number marked on the collar tag, it is not unusual to see one without, as is the case with this example. It is thought that when a new jersey was inserted into the existing rotation, for whatever reason, a set mark was not added. Pre-season jerseys also did not carry set marks, but the evidence on this jersey overwhelmingly suggests that if it was worn in the preseason, it was also carried well into the regular season. All other tagging and features are correct, and all wear patterns are consistent.
A great find, this jersey was purchased from a local sports memorabilia shop. The store's owner indicated the jersey was part of a group consigned by a former Avalanche employee, who acquired it directly from the team. Consequently, the jersey has no LOA.
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Adam Deadmarsh played his major junior hockey with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. In 1991-92 at the age of 16, he scored 30 goals and 60 points as a WHL rookie and improved to 69 points in his second year, scoring 43 goals and 99 points in 1993-94. He previously represented the Canadian Pacific under-17 Midget team at the 1992 World Hockey Challenge and helped lead the Canadian under-18 Junior team to a gold medal at the 1992 Pacific Cup.
Deadmarsh then represented the United States' under-20 team at the 1993, 1994, and 1995 World Junior Championships, thanks to his dual citizenship. (His mother is American and his father is Canadian.) With the national U.S. team in 1996, he first won a silver medal at the World Championships and then won a gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey. In February 1998, he was a member of the United States Olympic team at the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Deadmarsh was drafted 14th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. He made his NHL debut one season later on January 25, 1995 against the Philadelphia Flyers and scored his first goal two nights later against the Buffalo Sabres.
In 1995-96, Deadmarsh moved with the franchise to Colorado, where the team was renamed the Avalanche and scored 21 goals and 48 points as a sophomore.
After winning the Pacific Division title in the regular season, the Avalanche marched all the way to the Stanley Cup title, defeating the Detroit Red Wings for the Clarence Campbell Bowl in the Western Conference and the sweeping the Florida Panthers for the Stanley Cup. In 22 post-season games, he scored five goals and 12 assists for 17 points.
The following year Deadmarsh led the Avalanche with 33 goals as the team won the Presidents' Trophy with a league best and franchise record 49 wins and 107 points. He also scored a career-high 60 points. In the playoffs, he scored nine points as the Avalanche advanced to the Western Conference finals before losing to the Red Wings.
In 1999-00, Deadmarsh scored 45 points as the Avalanche won their sixth straight division title and in the playoffs, led the Avalanche to the Western Conference finals before again losing this time to the Dallas Stars.
After six seasons in Colorado/Quebec, Deadmarsh was traded to the Los Angeles Kings midway through his seventh season with the organization. Since his arrival in Los Angeles, Deadmarsh has been plagued by injuries which limited him to a mear 20 games in 2002-03.
Right wing - Shoots right
Born: May 10, 1975 - Trail, British Columbia
6-0, 195 lbs.
Quebec's second choice, 14th overall in 1993 Entry Draft. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Colorado with Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin, March 22, 2001), Colorado's 1st round choice (Dave Steckel) in 2001 Entry Draft and Colorado's 1st round choice (Brian Boyle) in 2003 Entry Draft for Rob Blake and Steve Reinprecht, February 21, 2001. Missed majority of 2002-03 season and entire 2003-04 season recovering from head injury suffered in game vs. Phoenix, December 15, 2002. Announced retirement in September 2005.