On June 23, 2014 the Hockey Hall of Fame will announce their latest inductees. There are plenty of first year eligible players, but of note to Colorado Avalanche fans are the names of Peter Forsberg, Chris Drury, and Adam Foote. All three provided Avalanche fans with great moments throughout their careers and were part of the famed 2001 Stanley Cup winning team.
Peter Forsberg seems like the most likely of the three to be inducted. Even though injuries cut his career short, “Foppa” scored 885 career points in just 708 games. He won two Stanley Cups, both with the Avalanche, and two Gold Medals and two World Titles as part of Team Sweden. Forsberg also won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1995, the Art Ross trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer and the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2003. Although Forsberg didn’t get to 1,000 career NHL points, his impact during international hockey can’t be understated and will likely be enough of a boost to put him into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Adam Foote, who is currently part of the Avalanche coaching staff and had his number retired by the team this past season, is the strongest defensive candidate of all first year eligible players. Foote didn’t put up a lot of points, only registering 308 points in 1,154 games, but his ability to shut down the opposing team’s top scorer night in and night out was invaluable during his time in the NHL. He was the definition of “defensive defenseman” and helped lead the Avalanche to two Stanley Cups during his time with the team. He also won a Canada/World Cup and a Gold Medal as part of Team Canada during his career. Foote lacks the flashy numbers, but anyone who watched him play knows how much he contributed to the Avalanche blueline.
Chris Drury has the weakest argument of the three former Avalanche players, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make it. Drury puts up 615 points in 892 games and won a Stanley Cup with the Avs during his career. He also won the Calder Trophy in 1999. He was known for his leadership and ability to score clutch goals. His relatively weak numbers and lack of international success will likely hurt his chances of being inducted though.
MileHighSticking would like to wish the best of luck to all three former Avalanche players and all first-year eligible players for this years Hockey Hall of Fame class.