The Colorado Avalanche couldn't have made a better choice than to select Adam Foote (left) as its new team captain. The 38-year-old defenseman succeeds longtime captain Joe Sakic, who retired in July.
Foote has played all but parts of three of his 17-season NHL career with the Quebec/Colorado franchise, and he has two Stanley Cup championships and an Olympic gold medal on his resume.
The heart and soul of the defense during the team's glory days, Foote will be counted on to provide plenty of leadership for what promises to be the youngest Avalanche team since it arrived in Denver in 1995.
"I've been with this franchise for the majority of my career and I know what the standards are," he said. "I look forward to the challenge of leading this team, starting with training camp and going into the regular season."
There had been some talk that the cherished "C" could go to fourth-year man Paul Stastny, who has succeeded Sakic as the Avalanche's No. 1 center. Stastny's time will come, perhaps as early as next season. Foote has one year left on his contract and it wouldn't surprise anybody if he decides to retire following the 2009-10 campaign.