We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting November 2, 2013 otherwise known as Adam Foote Night in Denver, Colorado.
Adam Foote was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, now Colorado Avalanche, in 1989 and retired with the organization in 2011. He served as the team’s captain from 2009-2011 following the retirement of Joe Sakic and played 967 games in an Avalanche/Nordiques uniform. He was part of both the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup teams as well. Known as a hard hitting defensive defenseman, Foote was the prototypical shutdown defenseman for the Avs for many years. On November 2, 2013 the Colorado Avalanche sent Adam Foote’s jersey up to the rafters alongside those of Sakic, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, and Peter Forsberg. Foote, who joined the Avalanche coaching staff this past offseason, delivered an emotional speech before the game, talking about his time with the club and rooming with Roy, the current Avs head coach.
Then there was the game against the Montreal Canadiens. Gabriel Landeskog got the Avs on the board first in the second period, but Brendan Gallagher tied it for the Habs just 3:38 into the third. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon broke the tie though at 8:01, scoring his second career goal and his first career game winning goal. Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau added two more goals for the Avs to give them a 4-1 victory on Adam Foote Night. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves in victory while former Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj took the loss for the Canadiens.