Our look back at the Colorado Avalanche season continues today as we highlight Marc-Andre Cliche and his first career NHL goal.
When the Colorado Avalanche picked up Marc-Andre Cliche on waivers during the off-season, many figured he would a healthy scratch most of the year or only used in emergency situations. Unfortunately for the Avs, injuries struck, lines were reshuffled, and Cliche found a home on the fourth line for 76 games. He worked hard every shift, but just couldn’t put the puck in the net for most of the season. He finally broke through on February 1st against Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres, scoring the first goal of his NHL career. The goal epitomized Cliche’s work for the Avs throughout the season. After a shot wide by Jamie McGinn, Patrick Bordeleau knocked the loose puck over to Cliche, who had parked himself beside the net, the puck found his stick, and he made no mistake. Cliche had plenty of scoring chances throughout the year, but this was the first, and only goal of the year for him.
Not shown in the video is the Avalanche bench in one of the biggest celebrations of the year. They knew how hard Cliche had worked all season and they were excited to see the 27-year old finally put the puck in the back of the net. He wasn’t expected to have a big impact on the team, and even though he only finished the season with one goal and six assists, Cliche’s effort throughout 60-minutes made him impossible to replace in the lineup. He’s exactly the kind of player every team needs on their fourth line and it’s nice that he found a home with the Colorado Avalanche.
After the game, Avs head coach Patrick Roy said, ““Everybody was pretty happy for him on the bench. He works hard for us — the PK and blocking shots and it’s nice to see him rewarded.”