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Adam Foote
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Born July 10, 1971 (1971-07-10) (age 45)
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1992–2011

Adam Foote (born Adam David Vernon Foote on July 10, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He was best known for his physical presence and gritty play as a stay-at-home defenceman.

Adam was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) 22nd overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques.

He began his NHL career with the Nordiques in 1991–92 before relocating with the franchise to Colorado where he won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001.

In 2005, Adam signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he served as team captain for three seasons. He then returned to the Avalanche in 2008 via trade where he would eventually complete his playing career.

Internationally, Adam won a gold medal in 2002 Winter Olympics and a World Cup championship in 2004 with Team Canada.

He was also the last active player from the Quebec Nordiques franchise.

Playing CareerEdit

Minor & Junior Playing Career=Edit

Adam grew up playing hockey for the Brooklin-Whitby Minor Hockey Association (OMHA). He was a teammate of future NHLer Keith Primeau for several years, leading their teams to several OMHA "AA" Championships in the early 1980s.

After a successful midget season with Brooklin-Whitby's AA team, he was a second-round underage choice (21st overall) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection.

Adam went on to play three OHL seasons with the Greyhounds, winning a J. Ross Robertson Cup and appearing in the Memorial Cup in his final season under future NHL head coach Ted Nolan.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Adam was selected 22nd overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Quebec for four seasons until the franchise moved to Colorado to become the Avalanche in 1995–96.

He won his first of two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche that year, sweeping the Florida Panthers in the Finals.

Five years later, Adam helped the Avalanche to a second Stanley Cup championship in 2001, defeating the New Jersey Devils in seven games.

The following season, in 2001–02, Adam recorded a career-high 22 assists in the regular season before missing out on his second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance with the Avalanche, losing in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals.

In 2002–03, he had another career-year offensively, scoring personal bests of 11 goals and 31 points. After a 30-point campaign in 2003–04, he remained inactive in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout.

When NHL play was set to resume in 2005–06, Adam parted ways with the Avalanche franchise after 13 seasons, signing a three-year contract worth $13.5 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets on August 1, 2005.

He was immediately named an alternate captain for the upcoming season, but was assigned the Blue Jackets' captaincy in December of 2005 when defenceman Luke Richardson stepped down from the position. He became the fourth captain in franchise history.

Three seasons later, with his contract set to expire, Adam was traded from the Blue Jackets back to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for two conditional draft picks on February 26, 2008.

The trade occurred amid speculation that the Blue Jackets were trying to re-sign Adam to keep him in Columbus, but could not meet his asking price.

Later that night, Adam arrived in Calgary during the first period to play against the Flames. He managed one goal and 15 assists for a total of 16 points in 75 games with the Avs and Blue Jackets combined.

On June 30, 2008, Adam agreed to re-sign with the Avalanche with a two-year $6 million deal at $3 million per season.

His first full season back in Colorado was cut short by injury and he managed just 42 games. Further major injuries to key players in the lineup resulted in the Avalanche finishing in last place in the Western Conference.

The following off-season, long-time Avalanche captain Joe Sakic announced his retirement.

As training camp was set to begin for the 2009–10 season, Adam was named Sakic's successor on September 11, 2009, becoming the eighth captain in franchise history (including the Nordiques) and just the second in Avalanche history.

On May 25, 2010, the Avalanche re-signed him to a one-year contract extension for the 2010–11 season worth approximately $1 million.

On April 10, 2011, Adam played his last game with the Avalanche, winning 4–3 in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers during the season finale. He was awarded first star of the game.

On November 2, 2013, Adam had his number 52 jersey retired by the Avalanche, joining elite company in Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg in sharing the honor.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Whitby OMHA 65 25 43 68 108
1988–89 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 7 31 38 120
1989–90 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 12 43 55 199
1990–91 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 59 18 51 69 93 14 5 12 17 28
1991–92 Halifax Citadels AHL 6 0 1 1 2
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 2 5 7 44
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 81 4 12 16 168 6 0 1 1 2
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 45 2 6 8 67
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 0 7 7 52 6 0 1 1 14
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 73 5 11 16 88 22 1 3 4 36
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 2 19 21 135 17 0 4 4 62
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 3 14 17 124 7 0 0 0 23
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 5 16 21 92 19 2 3 5 24
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 59 5 13 18 98 16 0 7 7 28
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 35 3 12 15 42 23 3 4 7 47
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 5 22 27 55 21 1 6 7 28
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 11 20 31 88 6 0 1 1 8
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 73 8 22 30 87 11 0 4 4 10
2005–06 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 65 6 16 22 89
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 59 3 9 12 71
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 63 1 14 15 95
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 1 1 12 10 0 0 0 6
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 42 1 6 7 30
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 67 0 9 9 64 6 0 1 1 10
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 47 0 8 8 33
NHL totals 1154 66 242 308 1534 170 7 35 42 298

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Canada WCH Template:Sica 8 1 0 1 16
1998 Canada Oly 4th 6 0 1 1 4
2002 Canada Oly Template:Goca 6 1 0 1 2
2004 Canada WCH Template:Goca 6 0 3 3 0
2006 Canada OG 7th 6 0 1 1 6
Senior totals 32 2 5 7 28

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Winter Olympics
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City
World Cup
Gold 2004 Canada
Silver 1996 Canada

Adam debuted for Team Canada at the inaugural World Cup in 1996, scoring one goal as Canada finished as runner-up to the United States.

Two years later, he was named to Team Canada for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The tournament marked the first time NHL players were allowed to participate in the Olympics.

Adam managed an assist in six games as Canada finished in fourth place, losing to the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, then Finland in the bronze medal game.

At the next Winter Olympics in 2002, Adam helped Canada end a 50-year gold medal drought in the ice hockey tournament by defeating the United States in the final.

He won another championship two years later and was even selected to the Tournament All-Star Team in his second World Cup in 2004, defeating Finland in the final.

Adam was selected to play in his third Olympics at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy where Canada finished a disappointing seventh place while attempting to defend their gold medal.

AccoladesEdit

  • Named to the OHL First All-Star team in 1990–91.
  • Won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.
  • Won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2002.
  • Won a World Cup championship with Team Canada in 2004.
  • Had his number 5 jersey retired by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on March 15, 2012.
  • Had his number 52 jersey retired by the Colorado Avalanche on November 2, 2013.

Personal LifeEdit

Adam and his wife, Jennifer and they have two sons: Callan Hayden (who was born prematurely) on December 13, 1998 and Nolan, who was born in December of 2000.

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