With the 2015 NHL All-Star game in Columbus, Ohio just concluding, I have decided to select an all-time Avalanche All-Stars team. This team will not necessarily consist of players who have participated in an NHL All-Star game, but rather Avalanche players who I would choose on my all-time team.
First off, in their relatively short history as a team, the Colorado Avalanche have had some amazing talent on show. Many great players, which means picking an all-time Avalanche All-Stars team won’t be easy. I won’t be selecting any players who solely played for the Quebec Nordiques, just Nords/Avs and plain Avalanche. Meaning no Goulet, Stastny brothers, Sundin, etc etc. A tough decision was whether to include active players or not. It does allow for much more possibilities, so I am going to allow myself permission.
To start this mega awesome team, we need team captains. Of course the C goes to Super Joe Sakic. The two alternate captains will be Adam Foote and Peter Forsberg. So many good offensive players have worn the Avalanche sweater throughout the years, it is pretty tough to choose just twelve. Yes, some players may be playing in a different position, but not everyone could be accommodated.
- Alex Tanguay – Joe Sakic – Jarome Iginla
- Matt Duchene – Peter Forsberg – Milan Hejduk
- Gabe Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Valeri Kamensky
- Claude Lemieux – Chris Drury – Adam Deadmarsh
Honorable mentions: Stephane Yelle, Ryan O’Reilly, Dan Hinote.
Granted there aren’t as many choices for defense as there are on offense. However the options that are available are quite nice.
- Adam Foote – Ray Bourque
- Rob Blake – Erik Johnson
- Sandis Ozolinsh – Alexei Gusarov
Honorable mentions: Tyson Barrie, Jon Klemm, Uwe Krupp, John-Michael Liles.
The Starting job in net is a no-brainer for this Avalanche All-Stars team. None other than one of the very best goalies in NHL history, Patrick Roy. To go along with that, having Semyon Varlamov as a back-up is quite the goalie tandem.
- Patrick Roy
- Semyon Varlamov
Honorable mention: Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
So there you have it. The all-time Colorado Avalanche All-Stars. What do you think? Could your all-time All-Star team beat this one?
Here is a trip down All-Star memory lane to close things out.
Sebastian Noble is currently in his third year with The Hockey Writers covering the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. Liverpool, England, and of course Colorado Avalanche & Florida Panthers supporter. You can follow him on Twitter @SebastianHNoble