52 Adam Foote
This jersey is one of the nicest examples of the early Avalanche teams I've had the privilege to have in my collection. It shows a tremendous amount of wear, and both the front and back of the jersey show numerous stick and black marks. The jersey also features two prominent repairs, to the velcro on the fight strap and to the shoulder piping. As with other 96-97's, the crest has a slight pucker to it from shrinkage from the jersey material underneath. In short, the wear on this jersey is a great example of Adam Foote's aggressive style of play. This jerseys also has the Assistant Captain's "A", which Adam Foote wore off-and-on the first few years. As with all second-year Avalanche shirts, the size tag is located inside the hem, and contains numbers for the general shirt size, sleeve size, and cuff width. This is also the only year the hem embroidery contains both the logo and company name together. This is the last year the Avalanche used larger numbers; the following year the numbers were reduced approximately one inch, thus eliminating the crowding problem with certain name and number combinations. The crest has been enlarged from the first year, and certain nuances have been eliminated from the letters in the nameplates. This particular jersey is marked with a "2" in the neck. The sleeves have been slightly shortened and tapered at the cuff. As with many other 96-97's, the washing tag is a single tag in this jersey with the second tag ("Ripon Athletic" tag evident in many 95-96 jerseys) carefully removed.
The jersey has been photomatched several times to the 97-98 playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers. This is the only example I have seen from a higher-profile player that has been recycled into the following season.
This jersey was acquired from the Detroit Hockey Company; original purchaser unknown.The jersey is accompanied by the standard Avalanche LOA.
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Since joining the NHL in 1991-92, Adam Foote has emerged as one of the top positional defencemen in the NHL. His ability to play the body and move the puck ahead to his forwards has made Foote a source of frustration and admiration for the opposition.
The native of Toronto, Ontario was a stalwart on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' blueline during three OHL seasons. He was chosen 22nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft and was named to the OHL First All-Star Team in 1991. Foote was impressive in his first four seasons with the Nordiques but occasionally battled injuries.
Foote remained with the franchise when it relocated to Denver in 1995. A few months later he was an integral part of the Colorado Avalanche's Stanley Cup triumph. His rugged and consistent defensive play was a key component of his team's success. Foote's skating ability and accurate shot also enabled him to play a more offensive role when required. A measure of Foote's importance was his plus/minus rating of +11 in the 1996 post-season, the second best mark in the league.
Prior to the start of the 1996-97 season, he suited up for Canada at the inaugural World Cup of hockey. He continued to help the Avalanche stay among the NHL's elite and played for Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2000-01 Foote was his usually steady self as the Avalanche won their second Stanley Cup in a hard-fought seven game final against the New Jersey Devils and most recently added a Gold Medal to his two Stanley Cups after Canada's 5-2 win over the U.S. at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
In 2002-03, Foote entered his 12th season with the Colorado/Quebec franchise and at the time was only one of three original Nordiques remaining with the franchise, along with forwards Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg. The hard-nosed blueliner continued to his gritty play for the Avs in 2003-04 and was instrumental in helping Canada capture the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
In the summer of 2005, Foote became an un-restricted free-agent and became a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was immediately named the alternate captain of the club and later named captain when their leader Luke Richardson left. Over two and a half seasons in Columbus, Foote often led the club in ice time and provided veteran leadership on a relatively young Columbus team. However, at the 2008 NHL trading deadline, the Blue Jackets unloaded Foote back to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Adam Foote went on to play three more seasons with the Avalanche, retiring as its Captain on April 8, 2011, his name appearing twice on the Stanley Cup.
Defenseman - Shoots right
Born: July 10, 1971 - Toronto, Ontario
6-1, 202 lbs.
Quebec's 2nd choice, 22nd overall in 1989 Entry Draft. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Carolina, January 6, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 2, 2005. Traded to Colorado by Columbus for Colorado's 1st round choice (later traded to Philadelphia - Philadelphia selected Luca Sbisa) in 2008 Entry Draft and Colorado's 4th round choice (David Savard) in 2009 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, April 8, 2011.
- OHL First All-Star Team (1991)