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Adam David Vernon Foote (born July 10, 1971) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey defenceman and team captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is best known for his physical presence and gritty play as a stay-at-home defenceman.

Foote 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 Quebec in 1991–92 before relocating with the franchise to Colorado, where he won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. In 2005, Foote signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he served as team captain for three seasons.

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

Minor and junior hockey

Foote 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, Foote was a 2nd round underage choice (21st overall) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection. Foote 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.

Playing career

Foote 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 (and became the Colorado Avalanche) in 1995–96. Foote won his first of two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche that year, sweeping the Florida Panthers in the Finals. Five years later, Foote 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, Foote 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, Foote 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, Foote parted ways with the Avalanche franchise after thirteen 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 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, Foote 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 Foote to keep him in Columbus, but could not meet Foote's asking price. Later that night, he arrived in Calgarymarker during the first period to play against the Flames. Foote 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, Foote 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, Foote 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.

International play

Foote 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, Foote was named to Team Canada for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japanmarker. The tournament marked the first time NHL players were allowed to participate in the Olympics. Foote 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, Foote helped Canada end a 52-year gold medal drought in the ice hockey tournament by defeating the United States in the final. He won another championship two years later in his second World Cup in 2004, defeating Finland in the final. Selected to play in his third Olympics at the 2006 Games in Turinmarker, Italymarker, Canada finished a disappointing seventh place while attempting to defend their gold medal.

Awards



Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Whitbymarker 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
NHL totals 1040 66 225 291 1437 164 7 34 41 288


International

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1996 Canada WCH 8 1 0 1 16
1998 Canada Oly 6 0 1 1 4
2002 Canada Oly 6 1 0 1 2
2004 Canada WCH 6 0 3 3 0
2006 Canada OG 6 0 1 1 6
Senior int'l totals 32 2 5 7 28


References

  1. Arace, Michael. "Something stinks with Foote's story on staying put", The Columbus Dispatch, 2008-03-01. Retrieved on 2008-06-08.


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