3. Memorable Moment: Adam Foote’s Last Shift
In the summer, one of the final greats of the Golden Era — and the last remaining member of that original team that came over from Quebec — Adam Foote announced his retirement.
The announcement didn’t carry as much fanfare as the Forsberg one did. Indeed, Foote made the announcement on April 8, 2011 and still played one more game for the Avs — the final game of the season.
The Avs weren’t making the playoffs — we all knew that. Adam Foote knew it was his last-ever game, and it was a meaningless one.
And yet in his final shift, he played the same hard-nosed hockey he had for the past 1,153 games:
Look at him backchecking, hassling the Canucks players, and even getting tantalizingly close to earning a penalty with some of his physicality. He went out the way he came in — rough and ready.