| Date of Birth:
July 10, 1971
Place of Birth: Whitby, ON
Years on National Team:
Weight: 215 lbs
Amazingly, Canadian defenseman Adam Foote has never played in an NHL All-Star game. However, when Canada comes to Turin to defend the Olympic gold medal they won in Salt Lake City in 2002, Foote will be making his third consecutive Games' appearance. He also represented Canada on the gold medal-winning team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Drafted 22nd-overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989, it would be two more years until the burly defender would make his NHL debut. During those two years, he would star with Sault Ste. Marie in the OHL, where he would score 18 goals in 1990-91, earning a spot on the OHL's First All-Star team.
Foote would make the jump to the NHL in 1991-92, when he played sparingly in 46 contests, accumulating two goals and five assists. Over the next few seasons, Foote would be given more responsibility and in 1994-95, the last season the team played in Quebec City, he was plus-17 in just 35 games. The next season -- the Avalanche's first in Denver -- Foote would become a huge contributor, scoring five goals to go with 11 assists and, more importantly, finishing the regular season at plus-27. He would play just as well in the playoffs later that year with a plus-11 showing in 22 games en route to the team's first Stanley Cup win.
By the time the 1998 Nagano Olympics rolled around, it was clear that the tough-as-nails bruiser would be selected. He played six games in that tournament, picking up an assist and four penalty minutes, as Team Canada lost in the gold medal game to the Czech Republic.
From 1998-99 through 2001-02, Foote would suffer numerous injuries, never making it past the 64-game mark. However, despite playing only 35 regular season games in 2000-01, the Avalanche still managed to go into the playoffs on a roll. By then Foote was healthy and, in 21 playoff games, played over 25 minutes per game as Colorado picked up their second Stanley Cup in five years.
After spending 15 years as a member of the Avalanche organization, Foote made a huge change in 2005, signing as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he has instantly taken on an immense leadership role on a very young team.
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