Avs' Foote announces retirement

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, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

Denver, CO - Colorado Avalanche defenceman Adam Foote announced Friday his intentions to retire at the end of the 2010-11 season.

It has been a difficult campaign for the 39-year-old Foote, who is expected to play his final NHL game Sunday against Edmonton at Pepsi Center. Injuries have limited the Colorado captain to only 46 games and he has totaled just eight assists with a minus-nine rating during that time.

Foote has been sidelined with a leg injury that has forced him to miss the last 11 games.

"Adam was a warrior, a player who gave it everything he had every night," said Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix. "He was an integral part of the team that moved from Quebec to Colorado in 1995 and established a winning tradition in Denver. We thank Adam for helping lay the foundation for this franchise."

Originally a second-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989, he made his debut with the team during 1991-92 and spent his first 13 seasons with the team. After the lockout in 2004-05, he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets and played there till he was traded back to the Avalanche on February 26, 2008 for draft picks.

During his first stint with Colorado, he was a member of a team that won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001 and played with All-Stars Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy.

Of the 1,153 games he has played, all but 187 of them were with the Avalanche franchise.

He has totaled 56 goals and 203 assists with Colorado and 66 goals and 242 assists overall. He added seven goals and 35 assists in 170 playoff games.

Foote also won a Gold Medal in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Games as a member of Team Canada.


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