Adam Foote

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Adam Foote
Adam Foote.jpg
Foote in 2008 with the Colorado Avalanche
Born(1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 42)
Whitby, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forQuebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Canada
NHL Draft22nd overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career1992–2011
 
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Adam Foote
Adam Foote.jpg
Foote in 2008 with the Colorado Avalanche
Born(1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 42)
Whitby, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forQuebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Canada
NHL Draft22nd overall, 1989
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career1992–2011

Adam David Vernon Foote (born July 10, 1971) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He was 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 won a gold medal in 2002 Winter Olympics and a World Cup championship in 2004 with Team Canada.

Playing career[edit]

Adam Foote (1997).

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.

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.

Foote defending against the Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin in 2010

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.[1] Later that night, he arrived in Calgary during the first period to play against the Flames.[2] 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.[3] 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.

On May 25, 2010, the Avalanche re-signed Foote to a one-year contract extension for the 2010-11 NHL season worth approximately $1 million.[4]

On April 10, 2011, Foote played his last game with the Avalanche, winning 4–3 in OT against the Edmonton Oilers during the season finale. He was awarded first star of the game.[5] Foote was the last former Nordique to be active in the NHL. Only one other former Nordique draft pick, Tim Thomas, remains active in the NHL.

Personal life[edit]

Adam is married to Jennifer and they have 2 sons; Callan Hayden, who was born prematurely on December 13, 1998[6] and Nolan, who was born in December 2000.[7][8] Foote has a twin sister, named Kelly. He has another sister who is a year older named Robin.

International play[edit]

Adam Foote
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Canada
Winter Olympics
Gold2002 Salt Lake City
World Cup
Gold2004 Canada
Silver1996 Canada

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

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1987–88WhitbyOMHA65254368108
1988–89Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL6673138120
1989–90Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL61124355199
1990–91Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL5918516993145121728
1991–92Halifax CitadelsAHL60112
1991–92Quebec NordiquesNHL4625744
1992–93Quebec NordiquesNHL814121616860112
1993–94Quebec NordiquesNHL4526867
1994–95Quebec NordiquesNHL3507752601114
1995–96Colorado AvalancheNHL7351116882213436
1996–97Colorado AvalancheNHL78219211351704462
1997–98Colorado AvalancheNHL7731417124700023
1998–99Colorado AvalancheNHL6451621921923524
1999–00Colorado AvalancheNHL5951318981607728
2000–01Colorado AvalancheNHL3531215422334747
2001–02Colorado AvalancheNHL5552227552116728
2002–03Colorado AvalancheNHL781120318860118
2003–04Colorado AvalancheNHL7382230871104410
2005–06Columbus Blue JacketsNHL656162289
2006–07Columbus Blue JacketsNHL59391271
2007–08Columbus Blue JacketsNHL631141595
2007–08Colorado AvalancheNHL1201112100006
2008–09Colorado AvalancheNHL4216730
2009–10Colorado AvalancheNHL6709964601110
2010–11Colorado AvalancheNHL4708833
NHL totals115466242308153417073542298

International[edit]

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
1996CanadaWCH810116
1998CanadaOly60114
2002CanadaOly61012
2004CanadaWCH60330
2006CanadaOG60116
Senior int'l totals3225728

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Something stinks with Foote's story on staying put". The Columbus Dispatch. March 1, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ Sadowski, Rick (February 26, 2008). "Foote contributes in return". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Avs re-sign Foote". Slam Sports. June 30, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Avalanche re-sign veteran blueliner Foote". The Sports Network. May 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Avalanche beat Oilers in Overtime in Foote's last game". The Sports Network. April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Benton, Jim (December 15, 1998). "Child's birth, return to ice give Foote reasons to celebrate". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved December 15, 2005. 
  7. ^ Branch, John (February 14, 2001). "An Avalanche of newborns/ Seven have been born since August". The Gazette. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2009 Colorado Avalanche media guide". Colorado Avalanche. October 10, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Luke Richardson
Columbus Blue Jackets captain
200508
Succeeded by
Rick Nash
Preceded by
Joe Sakic
Colorado Avalanche captain
200911
Succeeded by
Milan Hejduk