Colorado Avalanche Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques and based out of Canada, they relocated to Denver in 1995 where they have since gained much success. The Avs compete as members of the Central Division within the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Home games take place at Ball Arena which is shared with both NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. With 2 Stanley Cup Championships under their belt, fans continue to show their support for this beloved franchise.

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1. Nathan MacKinnon


Nathan MacKinnon Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2013
  • Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon is a gifted hockey player who has already enjoyed a very successful career. 

He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013 and has since gone on to win several awards, including the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie of that year.

His success continues into 2019, with him scoring 29 goals for the Avalanche so far this season. 

Nathan Mackinnon is known for his speed and skill on ice - making him an incredibly dangerous player to opposing teams. 

In 2020 he will be entering his fourth season with the Avalanche and looks set to continue his impressive form long into the future.

Nathan MacKinnon was drafted 1st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013. He has since been a staple on the team's roster, scoring over 100 points in each of his first 3 seasons and helping lead them to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories. 

Nathan is an explosive player with great puck control who can score from anywhere on the ice. His play has led him to be nominated for several awards, including MVP and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2016-2017 season respectively.

In 2018 he became just the second player ever (after Wayne Gretzky) to win both the Art Ross and Hart trophies in consecutive years, cementing his status as one of hockey's best players ever.

2. Joe Sakic


Joe Sakic Career

  • Quebec Nordiques
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 15th overall, 1987
  • Quebec Nordiques

Joe Sakic is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and one of the most accomplished players in NHL history. 

He played his entire career with the Colorado Avalanche, where he led them to back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997.

After finishing his playing days, Joe Sakic became an executive with the team he helped build, serving as president from 2006 until his retirement in 2015. 

In 2012, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside fellow members Martin Brodeur and Guy Lafleur.

Now retired from hockey himself, Joe Sakic remains active off the ice as a business owner and philanthropist Joe Sakic was a successful center in the NHL for over 20 years, playing for Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and finally the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche.

He played in 622 games and amassed 474 points (210 goals and 302 assists). Joe Sakic won three Stanley Cups with the Avalanche during his career - 2001-02, 2006-07, and 2007-08 seasons. 

On July 1st 2009, he signed with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent after spending eight seasons with the Avalanche organization since being drafted by them 15th overall in 1987.

With 566 points (311 goals and 269 assists), he is third on both lists behind only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe when it comes to most all-time scoring leaders among Canadian-born players in NHL history behind only Bobby Orr (1,561)and Maurice Richard(1,667). 

In recognition of his achievements on ice as well as his work off it within hockey circles, Sakic was awarded an Order of Canada medal in 2008 which made him one of just 25 people ever to be bestowed this honor from Queen Elizabeth II herself.

3. Gabriel Landeskog

Left wing

Gabriel Landeskog Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • Former teams: Djurgårdens IF
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2011
  • Colorado Avalanche

Gabriel Landeskog is a 30-year-old Swedish forward who has played for the Avalanche since 2013. 

He was drafted seventh overall by the Avs in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and put up impressive numbers during his rookie season, scoring 36 goals and adding 59 points in 80 games.

His performance continued into his sophomore campaign, as he registered 41 goals and 73 points in 79 games - both of which were career highs. 

In 2014-15, Landeskog led Colorado to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1996 with 24 goals and 54 points in 78 games - earning him MVP honours along the way.

The Swede missed most of 2016 due to an ankle injury but bounced back with 22 goals and 47 points in 57 games last year; making him a potential contender for this year's Hart Trophy award (the NHL's Most Valuable Player). 

Gabriel Landeskog is married to former Miss Universe Lucia Ardenas whom he met while they were students at Lund University together; they have one child together named Maxime born in 2017.

Also Played For: 2020–21 nhl season, kitchener rangers

4. Peter Forsberg


Peter Forsberg Career

  • 1993–94: Modo Hockey
  • 1994–95: Modo Hockey
  • 1994–95: Quebec Nordiques
  • 1995–96: Colorado Avalanche
  • 1996–97: Colorado Avalanche
  • 1997–98: Colorado Avalanche
  • 1998–99: Colorado Avalanche

Peter Forsberg was a 6'0" 183 cm center who played in the NHL for 18 seasons. He is best known for his time with the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, where he won three Stanley Cups.

In 2002, Forsberg was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. After retiring from professional hockey in 2013, Forsberg turned to coaching and currently works as an assistant coach for HC Davos of the Swiss-A league.

Peter Forsberg has also pursued other interests outside of hockey including acting and music (he has released two albums). 

Forsberg is one of the most decorated European ice hockey players of all time, winning multiple medals at both the Winter Olympics and World Championships.

Forsberg spent almost his entire playing career with the Philadelphia Flyers before moving to Nashville in 2011. Forsberg was known for his blazing speed and scoring ability on the ice, amassing more than 1,000 points in his NHL career.

After a disappointing stint with Nashville, Forsberg announced his retirement from professional hockey following the 2012–13 season. Forsberg currently resides in Sweden where he works as a commentator for TV channels and events around ice hockey.

Also Played For: quebec nordiques, world junior ice hockey championships

5. Milan Hejduk


Milan Hejduk

Milan Hejduk is a right wing for the Colorado Avalanche and Czech Republic national team. Milan Hejduk was born in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia on February 14th, 1976.

At 6'0", 190 lbs., Hejduk has a powerful body that allows him to be very effective in the offensive zone. In addition to his play with the Avalanche, Hejduk also played for HC Pardubice over the past several seasons where he helped lead them to two Czech League championships (2005-06 & 2007-08).

With 51 goals and 97 assists in 328 NHL games, Milan Hejduk ranks 5th all time among Czech players in terms of points scored and 3rd overall behind only Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias. 

The veteran winger has represented his country at numerous international tournaments including both the World Championships (1999 & 2004) as well as Winter Olympics (2002).

As one of hockey's most consistent performers throughout his career, Milan Hejduk will continue to contribute offensively as long as he remains healthy enough to do so.

6. Adam Foote

Adam Foote

Adam Foote is a 6'2'' 190lb defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche. He has played in over 1000 NHL games and has won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 2002.

Adam was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (41st overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. After playing four seasons at Cornell he made his professional debut with their IHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in 1995-96.

In 1998-99 Foote signed as a free agent with Detroit and became an integral part of one of hockey's most decorated teams during its '00s dynasty era. His offensive skills and physical play helped him become one of team captain. 

Nicklas Lidstrom's primary partners on defense, while also becoming known as one of the league's hardest hitters - earning him several suspensions during his career including 158 games for head-butting. 

Todd Bertuzzi which led to a three-game suspension from commissioner Gary Bettman that effectively ended his 2006 season prematurely.

Food served out all three games then appealed unsuccessfully to have them voided due to incorrect information provided by officials about Bertuzzi instigating contact prior to Headbutting Foote).

He would go on to win another 2 cups with Detroit before being traded midway through 2011-12 campaign back hometo Colorado where he rejoin former teammate Matt Duchene who had just been acquired from Ottawa earlier that off-season. 

It was announced shortly after arriving back in Denver that Foote will serve as assistant coach under new head coach Patrick Roy. At age 50 it seems like this could be Footer’s last chance at hoisting Lord Stanley again.

7. Cale Makar


Cale Makar Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 2017
  • Colorado Avalanche

Makar was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. 

Makar previously played for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL and recorded 191 goals and 548 points over four seasons with them.

In his rookie season with the Avalanche, he led all rookies in scoring with 31 points (10G-21A) and finished second on the team in plus/minus (+16). 

The following year he improved upon his point total to 37 (11G-26A) but saw his plus/minus dip slightly to +13 due to injury problems late in the season which limited him to 53 games played.

In 2019-20, Makar continued where he left off from last year recording 36 points (14G-24A) while being named an alternate captain by head coach Jared Bednar at age 20 years old - a record for the youngest player ever elected as captain of an NHL franchise. 

As one of only two players under 25 years old who have scored more than 100 goals during their professional careers, Makar is widely considered one of hockey's brightest young stars and is expected to continue producing at a high level well into his 30s Makar was drafted 4th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Draft.

He has spent most of his career with the Avalanche, appearing in over 100 games and scoring 22 goals and 53 assists. Makar is a right-shooting defenceman who is known as a physical player on the ice. 

He announced his retirement from hockey at the age of 20 after suffering a torn ACL during a playoff game against Minnesota Wild. 

Makar remains active off the ice, working to promote awareness of mental health issues among athletes through his charity Cale’s Challenge Foundation.

8. Mikko Rantanen

Right winger

Mikko Rantanen Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • Former teams: TPS
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 10th overall, 2015
  • Colorado Avalanche

Mikko Rantanen is a 26-year-old center for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He was drafted by the Avalanche in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has since made himself one of their most valuable players.

Rantanen had an outstanding rookie season in 2015–16, setting career highs in goals (31), assists (42) and points (73). His 73 points were fourth best in league history for a first-year player behind only Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos.

In addition to his play on ice, he has also been known for his charitable work with UNICEF Finland and other organizations such as Hjärnarpspojkarna - The Homeless Kids Club Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth stay off the streets or out of trouble.

As well as continuing to perform at an elite level both offensively and defensively while being a model citizen off it; Mikko Rantanen is sure to be a long-term fixture in Avalanche folklore Mikko Rantanen is a skilled right-winger who has spent the majority of his professional career in Colorado.

He was drafted 10th overall by the Avalanche in 2015 and has since put up impressive numbers, including 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 73 games this season. 

Mikko Rantanen also played for Finland at both the World Junior Championships and the Olympics, where he helped lead his country to bronze medals.

In terms of future prospects, Mikko Rantanen is already considered an elite player and could potentially become one of the best wingers in the NHL soon.

9. Patrick Roy


Patrick Roy Career

  • Played for : Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche
  • Coached for : Colorado Avalanche
  • NHL Draft : 51st overall, 1984, Montreal Canadiens
  • Playing career : 1984–2003
  • Coaching career : 2005–present

Patrick Roy was born in Quebec City, Canada on October 5th, 1965. He played hockey for the Quebec Nordiques from 1984 to 1995 and then moved to Colorado Avalanche where he won two Stanley Cups (1996 & 2001).

In 2006, Patrick Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Patrick Roy is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and one of only five players ever to win each league’s MVP award twice (along with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull and Mike Bossy).

After retiring as a player in 2004, Patrick Roy became head coach of the Montreal Canadiens before moving on to become general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017–2018 season. 

On May 17th 2019 it was announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and would be taking a leave of absence from his role as GM for the Golden Knights while undergoing treatment.

Also Played For: montreal canadiens

10. Rob Blake


Rob Blake Career

  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • San Jose Sharks
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 70th overall, 1988
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Playing career: 1989–2010

Rob Blake was born on December 10, 1969 in Simcoe, Ontario. He played for the Los Angeles Kings from 1997 to 2006 and then moved to Colorado Avalanche before finishing his career with the San Jose Sharks in 2011.

Blake has won a Stanley Cup as part of the LA Kings in 2002 and he was also named an All-Star seven times during his NHL career. In 2010, Rob Blake was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after being voted by fellow players as one of their all-time favourites.

Outside of hockey, Rob Blake is involved in several charitable causes including raising money for cancer research through The Dream Foundation International and supporting children's charities via Stick Kids Worldwide Canada Incorporated (SKWC). 

Married since 1999 to former figure skater Tanya Blanchard with two sons together – Luca (born 2001) and Chase (born 2003), both avid hockey fans themselves - RobBlake currently resides in Brentwood Hills near Los Angeles with wife Tanya, son Luca and daughter Maddie.

Also Played For: los angeles kings

11. Ray Bourque


Ray Bourque

Ray Bourque is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist with the Boston Bruins. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 2001, he was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award as Canada's top civilian athlete. Bourque has founded his own hockey school in Saint Laurent, Quebec, which has produced many successful players including Peca and Plekanec who both played for Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.

Ray Bourque is married to Karen and they have four children; daughter Raine, son Nathan, and daughters Morgan and Brookelynn respectively Ray Bourque was a legendary defenceman who played in the NHL for 17 seasons. 

He won two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

Ray Bourque was born on February 10, 1963, in Trail, BC. His father, Raymond Sr., played hockey as a member of the Canadian military team that competed at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. 

After playing junior hockey with Vernon Bream's Kamloops Blazers program, Ray Bourque made his pro debut with Vancouver Canucks affiliate Portland Winter Hawks during the 1981-82 season.

In 1979, he was drafted by Boston Bruins and spent most of his career there before being traded to Colorado Avalanche (1992), Washington Capitals (1994), Nashville Predators (1998) and finally Montreal Canadiens (2001). 

Over 17 seasons in which he played over 1000 games for 5 different teams – scoring 424 goals along the way – it is safe to say that no player has had a more impressive NHL career than Ray Bourque.

Outside of professional ice skating and playing hockey himself – both activities he enjoys very much - Ray also likes spending time with his wife Tracy and their three children: Tracey Lee ('96), Ryan Alexander ('98) and Jordan Marie ('01).

12. Alex Tanguay

Left wing

Alex Tanguay

Alex Tanguay is a left wing who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, and Nashville Predators during his career.

In 2014 he signed with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent. Tanguay has represented Canada at both junior and international levels, winning a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 1999 and silver medals at both world championships in 2004 and 2006.

Alex Tanguay is an avid golfer who has won several tournaments including The Master's Tournament in 2003 and The PGA Championship in 2007. On July 1st 2018 he announced his retirement from professional hockey after 18 seasons playing professionally Alex Tanguay was drafted 12th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1998 NHL Draft.

He played for HC Lugano, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes before retiring in 2016. Alex is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Alex has scored over 500 goals and 1,000 points during his playing career which speaks volumes about his talent as a player. He is remembered as one of the most skilled players to ever play in the NHL and will always be considered one of its all-time greats.

13. Paul Stastny


Paul Stastny Career

  • 2000–01: Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • 2001–02: St. Louis Jr. Blues
  • 2001–02: Chaminade College Preparatory School
  • 2002–03: River City Lancers
  • 2003–04: River City Lancers
  • 2004–05: Denver Pioneers
  • 2005–06: Denver Pioneers
  • 2006–07: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2007–08: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2008–09: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2009–10: Colorado Avalanche

Paul Stastny was born in Quebec City, Canada on December 27th, 1985. He is a left-handed centre who played for the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 to 2015 and then moved to the St.

Louis Blues in 2016. Paul has scored over 150 goals and 400 points during his NHL career which spans over 900 games. In 2017 he won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games Final series.

Paul is married with two children and lives in Missouri USA Paul Stastny played for the Colorado Avalanche from 2006-present. He was drafted in the first round, 44th overall by them in 2005 NHL Draft. Paul has had a successful career with the Avalanche and is one of their all-time leading scorers.

He has won two Stanley Cups with them (2010 and 2015) as well as an Olympic Gold Medal (2014). Injuries have slowed down Paul somewhat recently but he still holds many impressive records and achievements to his name, including being named an All Star 11 times.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets

14. Erik Johnson


Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson is a 34-year-old American professional ice hockey player who most recently played for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Erik Johnson was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round, eighth overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has also previously played with both the St.

Louis Blues and Calgary Flames organizations in his career. In 2014, Erik Johnson helped lead Team USA to victory at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The team's success marked Johnson as one of only two players on that roster to have won an Olympic gold medal (the other being Patrick Roy).

On March 2nd 2019, it was announced that Erik Johnson had signed a three-year contract extension with Colorado worth $18 million USD Standing 6' 4" and weighing 231 pounds, Erik Johnson is known for his physical play and strong defensive abilities.

He has been awarded several honors throughout his career including First Team All-Star honors from both The NHLPA and The Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) four times each respectively.

15. Alex Newhook


Alex is a young Canadian athlete who has been competing in track and field since he was just five years old. He represented Canada at the Youth Olympics in 2018, where he won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles event.

Alex holds several provincial records and has competed on behalf of his country at international competitions including the IAAF World U20 Championships and Pan American Games. In 2019, Alex set an indoor national record for the 60 meters dash with a time of 6:13 seconds - making him one of Canada's fastest athletes ever.

Outside of athletics, Alex enjoys playing football as well as participating in cross-country running events. Having successfully completed high school, Alex now looks to continue his athletic career by studying sports science at university; aiming to become a coach or trainer one day.

Always keeping things positive and motivated, Alex loves sharing his story with others via social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube - inspiring others to pursue their own dreams no matter what obstacles they may face along the way.

16. J. T. Compher

Left wing

J. T. Compher

J. T. Compher is a 27-year-old American forward who has played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators. Compher started his career with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to Colorado in 2017.

He registered 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points in 82 games during his first two seasons with the Avalanche, earning him an appearance on the 2018 All-Star Team. In 2020, he signed a five year contract extension worth $30 million with Colorado, cementing his place as one of their most important players both on and off ice J.

T. Compher is a center who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013 and has spent most of his career with them, appearing in over 200 games for them. 

He has been a part of the United States National Team since he made his debut at the World Juniors Championships in 2012 and played at the Olympics that year as well. 

In 2016, JT Compher signed with Buffalo Sabres on a two-year contract worth $4 million dollars but suffered an ACL injury during training camp which ended his season prematurely.

17. Matt Duchene


Matt Duchene Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: Colorado Avalanche
  • Frölunda HC
  • HC Ambrì-Piotta
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 3rd overall, 2009
  • Colorado Avalanche

Matt Duchene was born in Haliburton, Ontario on January 16th 1991. He played junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL before being drafted by the Avalanche in 2008.

In his first NHL season with Colorado, he led all rookies in scoring with 36 points and helped lead them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1998. 

The following year, Duchene continued to be a valuable asset for the Avalanche as they reached the playoffs again, this time making it all the way to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals before losing to Dallas Stars.

In 2013-14, Duchene recorded career highs in goals (31), assists (56) and points (87). On July 1st 2014, Matt signed an eight-year contract extension worth $44 million with Colorado which keeps him with Denver through 2024-25 seasons. 

side from playing hockey, Duchene is also a avid snowboarder who has competed at both Winter X Games Aspen and Sochi Olympics.

Also Played For: nashville predators

18. Nazem Kadri


Nazem Kadri

Nazem Kadri is a highly skilled and prolific centre who has been one of the top players in the AHL for several years. He made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09, and was quickly given an important role on the team.

In 2013-14, he had a career year with 27 goals and 63 points, helping lead Toronto to their first playoff appearance since 2004. The following season saw Kadri continue his strong play by scoring 34 goals and 94 points in just 78 games played.

In 2017-18, Kadri signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators where he continued to produce at a high level; recording 40 goals and 102 points in just 119 games played over two seasons there before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings this past offseason.

Kadri is considered one of Canada's most talented up-and-coming hockey stars, having represented his country at both junior levels (Olympic gold medalist) as well as international competition (World Championships silver medalist). 

He is also known for his hard work ethic off the ice - often spending extra time after practices working on conditioning drills or practicing penalty shots alone.

19. Devon Toews


Devon Toews

Devon Toews is a 28-year old forward who played with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2017. Devon was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He has also played for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames throughout his career. Injuries have hampered him at times, but he still managed to put up respectable numbers across all of his teams.

Devon is currently playing with HC Davos in Switzerland's National League A (NLA). Devon Toews was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 2014 NHL Draft. Devon has played for Colorado Avalanche, and now plays for the New York Islanders.

He is a left-handed shooter who can play both centre and defenceman positions. Devon is a hard worker on and off the ice, displaying excellent leadership qualities as a rookie player in 2018-19 season with the NYIslanders.

20. Claude Lemieux

Claude Lemieux

Claude Lemieux is a retired hockey player who played for the Montreal Canadiens. Claude Lemieux was born in Quebec, Canada and spent most of his career playing with the Montreal Canadiens.

He was known as one of the fastest players in the NHL and could shoot accurately from any direction. After retiring from professional hockey, Claude Lemieux began working as a sports commentator for French-language networks across North America.

In 2006 he became head coach of Team Canada's men's national ice hockey team, but resigned after two years due to differences with Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson over player selection policies and strategy.

However, he continued to work with Team Canada as an advisor until 2013 when they won their fourth Olympic gold medal under current head coach Mike Babcock In 2007. He founded The Claude Lemieux Foundation which supports various causes such as cancer research and youth education initiatives.

21. John-Michael Liles


John-Michael Liles

John-Michael Liles was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 25th 1980. He played defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2002 to 2009, before moving onto playing with the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils.

In 2011 he joined the Philadelphia Flyers and won a Stanley Cup that year as well as two more cups in 2013 and 2016. He has also represented Team USA at numerous international tournaments including World Championships, Olympic Games, and World Cups of Hockey.

John-Michael is now retired from professional hockey but still plays occasionally in exhibition games or charity events around the league John-Michael Liles played for the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, and Boston Bruins in his playing career.

He was originally drafted by the Avalanche 159th overall in 2000 and spent parts of six seasons with them before being traded to the Maple Leafs during the 2007–08 season. Liles would spend three more seasons with Toronto before signing with the Hurricanes as a free agent prior to the 2011–12 season.

In 2013 he signed with Boston where he would remain until 2017 when he retired from professional hockey at age 36 after appearing in 516 games over nine seasons.

22. Sandis Ozoliņš


Sandis Ozoliņš Career

  • Dinamo Riga
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Florida Panthers
  • Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • New York Rangers
  • Dinamo Riga
  • Atlant Moscow Oblast

Ozoliņš was born in 1972, and played for Dinamo Riga from 1997-2013. Ozoliņš is a Latvia international with 41 caps to his name, scoring five goals. 

Ozoliņš has spent time playing in the Russian Super League (with CSKA Moscow) and the NHL with San Jose Sharks between 2002-2004 and 2006-2007 respectively.

Ozoliņš was part of Latvia's silver medal winning team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where he scored one goal in seven games played. 

In 2013, Ozoliņš retired from professional football after 14 seasons with Dinamo Riga - a club record - having won three Latvian league titles (2001–02, 2005–06, 2007–08), two Baltic Cups (2002, 2005), as well as the 2003 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and 2009 UEFA Europa League title.

On July 1st 2017 Sandis announced his return to Dinamo Riga as an assistant coach under Igor Kalashnikov.

Also Played For: san jose sharks

23. Chris Drury


Chris Drury

Chris Drury played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres before joining the New York Rangers in 2014. A product of Trumbull High School in Connecticut, Chris was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with their second round pick (44th overall) in 1996.

He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche during the 1997-98 season and went on to play 921 games over 17 seasons with Denver, Calgary and Buffalo. 

In 2008, he was named an alternate captain of the Avalanche alongside Peter Forsberg and Daniel Briere and led them to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance that year against Detroit but they were defeated 4-1 in seven games.

On July 1st 2014, Chris signed a three-year contract extension with the Rangers worth $12 million per season which will keep him at Madison Square Garden until at least 2024.

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24. André Burakovsky

Left wing

André Burakovsky Career

  • NHL team: Seattle Kraken
  • Former teams: Washington Capitals
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 23rd overall, 2013
  • Washington Capitals

André Burakovsky is a 27-year-old left winger who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has played for HC Sochi (KHL), Vityaz Podolskiy of KHL, and the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

With HC Sochi, he won silver medals at both the 2016 IIHF World Championship and the 2017 World Junior Championships. 

In his rookie season with Washington in 2018-19, he scored 24 goals and 36 assists for 60 points in 78 games to help lead them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 2009.

Norris Trophy as the best defenseman on the NHL's top team; becoming just the fourth player ever to win back-to-back Norris Trophies (joining Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, & Stan Mikita).

25. Jon Klemm

Jon Klemm

Klemm was born in Cranbrook, British Columbia and played defence for the Straubing Tigers of Germany's Bundesliga. Klemm has also played for clubs such as Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Buffalo Bisons before joining Straubing in 2003.

Klemm retired from playing football at the end of 2009 after suffering a knee injury which ruled him out for most of the season. In March 2010 Klemm announced his retirement from professional football to focus on his business interests and spend more time with his family.

Klemm is married with two children and lives in Germany where he works as an investor/business consultant specialising in sports marketing opportunities overseas 6. 

He is currently working as Director Business Development Europe at Sportradar AG, overseeing all European football transfers activity including live streaming services across seven languages 8.

26. Tyson Jost


Tyson Jost

Tyson Jost was born in 1998 and is a centre / left winger for the Colorado Avalanche. He has played junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and was drafted by the Avalanche in 2016.

In his rookie season, he scored 21 goals and recorded 43 assists for 66 points in 79 games. This year, Tyson Jost has already scored six goals and added five assists for 11 points through 15 games played as part of an 18-game point streak that began on October 12th.

He was selected to participate in Canada's National Junior Team at both the 2018 World Juniors Championship where he tallied two goals and four assists for eight points over six games, helping Canada win a silver medal, as well as this year's.

World Championship which they are currently participating in; having recorded one goal and one assist so far over seven games played including their first playoff game against. Sweden on June 2nd scoring what proved to be the winning goal late into extra time.

Tyson Jost is considered to be one of best prospects available in NHL Draft 2019 after being ranked fourth overall by Future Considerations who say.

"Jost has all but mastered every aspect of his game." They also add that "He’s got great vision & passing ability down low – finding teammates or setting up plays himself - while possessing good speed & acceleration." Tyson Jost will turn 24 years old during next season.

27. Valeri Nichushkin

Right winger

Valeri Nichushkin

Valeri Nichushkin was born in Chelyabinsk, Russia on March 4th 1995. He is 6'4" tall and weighs in at 209lb's. Nichushkin played his junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

The Dallas Stars drafted Nichushkin in the 2nd round, 44th overall in 2013 NHL Draft after he put up impressive numbers playing for Russia at the World Junior Championships that year where he led all scorers with 9 goals and 14 points en route to a gold medal victory over Canada.

In his rookie season with Dallas last year, Nichushkin appeared in 53 games scoring 11 goals and 18 assists for 27 points while averaging 15:11 minutes per game ice time - good enough for 10th place on the team amongst forwards. 

This campaign has seen him produce better offensively posting 22 points (10G-12A) through 39 games thus far this season., however his defensive play has come under more scrutiny as he ranked 5th worst among all forwards on Dallas with a Corsi For % of 47%.

Nichushkin made headlines earlier this month when video emerged online of him being involved in an altercation outside a bar near American Airlines Center following Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against St Louis. 

Blues – although no charges were brought forth by either party it caused some public backlash against one of Dallas marquee young stars who had just signed an 8-year contract extension worth $46 million dollars just days before. 

Nichushkins' offensive production will continue to be dependent on how well coach Lindy Ruff can get alongside him defensively - something which could prove difficult given reports that Ruff does not have high regard for players who do not defend well first or second nature.

Regardless there is little doubt that Valeri Nichushin is already an All Star caliber player having shown immense potential during his short career so far.

28. Ryan O'Reilly


Ryan O Career

  • NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former teams: Colorado Avalanche
  • Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • St. Louis Blues
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 33rd overall, 2009
  • Colorado Avalanche

Ryan O'Reilly was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 22nd overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

He played college hockey at Boston University where he led his team to a national championship in his sophomore season and won an NCAA Championship as a junior in 2010-11.

After graduating from Boston University, O'Reilly signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent and made his NHL debut on October 5th, 2011 against the Dallas Stars. 

In 2013-14, O’Reilly scored 44 points (20 goals and 26 assists) for Colorado as they reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in franchise history; however, they were unable to defeat Chicago Blackhawks in six games during their semifinal series.

The following year saw Ryan post career highs across all statistical categories including 36 goals and 78 points while playing 80 games – both marks being third most on his team behind Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog respectively.

6. On July 1st, 2016 it was announced that Ryan had been traded along with Pekka Rinne to Nashville Predators in exchange for Seth Jones, David Poile also received a first-round pick which turned into Filip Forsberg.

Injuries plagued him throughout much of 2017-18 but when fit he still managed 34 goals & 68 points making him one of Nashville's top offensive threats.

29. Jacob MacDonald


Jacob MacDonald Career

  • NHL team
  • Former teams: San Jose Sharks
  • Florida Panthers
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • NHL Draft: Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2015–present

Jacob MacDonald has had a very successful career in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Penguin in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut with them in 2013.

MacDonald played for Portland Pirates of the AHL before being called up to join Pittsburgh's roster during their playoff run this past season. 

In 2018, he was selected to play at the AHL All-Star Game and won MVP honours after leading all skaters in scoring with seven points (5 goals, 2 assists).

Jacob is signed through 2020 with an option for 2021, so there is no doubt that he will be playing hockey professionally for some time yet. Jacob MacDonald is a defenceman who has spent the majority of his career with the Colorado Avalanche. 

He was drafted by Florida Panthers in the 6th round of the 2015 NHL Draft but never played for them.

Jacob MacDonald started playing hockey at an early age and quickly became skilled enough to play in junior leagues across North America. 

After impressing during a tryout with the Avalanche, he signed a contract and made his debut with Colorado's AHL affiliate, San Antonio Rampage, in the 2013-14 season. 

Injuries prevented him from making any further appearances for Colorado that season but upon returning to full health he cemented himself as a regular member of their defense corps over the next two seasons before being traded.

Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017-18 campaign along with Samuel Girard and Shane Bowers for Jarome Iginla, Francois Beauchemin and Joe Colborne.

MacDonald cemented himself as one of Pittsburgh's most reliable players under new head coach Mike Sullivan until being shipped out again midway through the 2018-19 season alongside Olli Maatta (and some draft picks) to Florida Panthers in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad. 

Playing predominantly on their second defensive pairing behind Aaron Ekblad, MacDonald recorded 28 points (7 goals + 21 assists) throughout 51 games. 

While logging significant minutes against top lines both offensively & defensively averaging 26:29 minutes per game – ranking fourth among Panther blueliners behind only Keith Yandle (31:12), Vincent Trocheck (27:13) & Erik Gudbranson (26:41).

The 30-year-old rearguard will enter 2019-20 seeking yet another chance at consistently high-level hockey after having bounced around between three teams so far during his five years professional career – appearing hopeful that this time it could be different given his improved chemistry within the new Florida coaching staff led by Gerard Gallant.

30. Tyson Barrie


Tyson Barrie Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: Colorado Avalanche
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 64th overall, 2009
  • Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Barrie is a Canadian defenceman who has played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

After two seasons with Calgary, he was traded to Toronto in exchange for Casey Cizikas and Matt Stajan on July 1, 2009. In his first season with Toronto, he led all defensemen with 63 points (21 goals and 42 assists) despite missing 21 games due to injury.

This made him only the fourth player in franchise history to lead their team in scoring while appearing in at least 50 games (the others being Mats Sundin [1996-97], Doug Gilmour [1988-89] and Darryl Sittler [1977-78]).

The following year he helped lead Toronto back into playoff contention as they finished fifth place in Eastern Conference standings; however, they were eliminated by Boston Bruins 4–1 during the First Round of playoffs. 

On July 1st of 2015, Tyson Barrie signed a five-year deal worth $25 million dollars with then-current divisional rivals Edmonton Oilers which reunited him once again with his former head coach Patrick Roy who coached both players when they were playing for Montreal Canadiens together from 2010 until 2014. 

Tyson Barrie started out his career playing junior hockey for Medicine Hat Tigers where he had an impressive offensive output accumulating 99 points over 156 games including 41 goals before being drafted 7th overall by Calgary Flames ahead of highly touted prospects such as Zach Bogosian or Alex Pietrangelo.

After 2 successful years splitting time between rookie league affiliates Abbotsford Heat & Stockton Heat, he finally got called up to play 68 games alongside captain Jarome Iginla & newcomer. 

Jay Bouwmeester during 09 - 10 campaign contributed 5 assists before getting traded midseason leading up to 2011 -12 season. 

This would be one of Tyson's most productive seasons statistically recording 39 points alongside 43 penalty minutes averaging 23:38 minutes per game before sustaining an ankle injury that sidelined him 11 contests. 

This ultimately cost HC Calgary a chance at making it past first-round elimination against Vancouver Canucks after dropping 3 straight home matchups starting 8/11 vs San Jose Sharks and ending 9/29 vs Anaheim Ducks followed by 10/13 @Edmonton Oilers. Returning shortly thereafter on 12/19 Night versus Nashville.

31. Logan O'Connor

Logan O'Connor was born on August 14, 1996 in Missouri City, Texas. Logan is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. Logan has competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions throughout his career.

He currently works as a personal trainer and CrossFit coach in Houston, Texas. Logan is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals through proper diet and exercise regimens Logan O'Connor is a right wing for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

He was undrafted but has been playing since 2018. Logan began his career in Ontario with the Windsor Spitfires before moving to Europe and playing for HC Slovan Bratislava, HV71 (Sweden), and Genève-Servette HC (Switzerland). In 2017, he signed with the Avalanche as a free agent and made his debut that season.

Logan has played in both the American and Canadian leagues during his career, showing off his skills on both sides of the border. Logan is known for being an hard worker who puts in long hours on ice each night to improve as a player. 

Logan's goal is to one day play at the highest level possible and represent Canada internationally.

32. Samuel Girard


Samuel Girard

Samuel Girard is a young player who has impressed in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Girard was born in Roberval, Quebec, Canada on May 12th 1998. He played his minor hockey for the Sherbrooke Castors before moving up to play junior hockey for the Gatineau Olympiques.

In 2018-19, Samuel Girard led Gatineau Olympiques in scoring with 73 goals and 128 points in 64 games played. His impressive play earned him selection to represent Team QMJHL at the 2019 Memorial Cup tournament held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Colorado Avalanche selected Samuel Girard with their first round pick (5th overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. At 5'10" 178 lbs., he joins an already stacked forward group that includes Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog as well as Jarome Iginla and Semyon Varlamov on goaltender depth charts.

33. Alexei Gusarov

Alexei Gusarov Career

  • NHL Draft : 213th overall, 1988

Alexei Gusarov is a former Soviet Union international defender. He played for SKA Leningrad, CSKA Moscow and Russia national team at various times during his career.

Gusarov was known for his strong shot from left-back position and he helped his clubs win several championships in Russia. In 2007, he moved to Israel where he started playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv but retired after one season due to injury problems.

Gusarov returned to Russia in 2009 and rejoined CSKA Moscow, where he currently plays as a player/coach of the club's under-17 squad Alexei Gusarov was drafted 213th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1988. 

He played with the Nordiques for 8 seasons before being traded to Colorado Avalanche in 1995.

In 2001, he was traded to the New York Rangers and retired after that season. Alexei Gusarov is a three-time Russian National Champion (1988, 1990, 1993) and a two-time World Cup Silver Medalist (1994, 1998). 

He also represented his country at several international tournaments including The Summit Series (1986), World Championships (1987, 1991), Ice Hockey Super League Finals (1990) and Olympic Games(1998).

34. Cody McLeod

Left wing

Cody McLeod

Cody McLeod was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Cody played for both Manitoba and Colorado before being traded to Florida in 2012.

Cody scored his first career NHL goal on October 25, 2004, against Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators. In 2013, McLeod signed with KHL team HC Sochi where he led them to a championship title that season.

Cody returned to North America in 2014 and joined the Carolina Hurricanes as a free agent; however, he was released midway through the 2015-16 season without playing a game for them. On July 1st, 2016, Cody re-signed with HC Sochi of the KHL after having had successful stints there previously.

In 2017-18 , Mclde made an appearance for HC Amiens de la Loire of France's Ligue Magnus after being called up from their ECHL affiliate The Charlotte Checkers due to injuries on their roster. He is currently skating with SKA Saint Petersburg (the Russian National Hockey League).

35. Bowen Byram


Bowen Byram Career

  • 2014–15: Lethbridge Golden Hawks
  • 2015–16: Lethbridge Golden Hawks
  • 2016–17: Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA
  • 2016–17: Vancouver Giants
  • 2017–18: Vancouver Giants
  • 2018–19: Vancouver Giants

Bowen Byram is a 21-year-old forward with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Avs in the first round, 26th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to joining North America's top ice hockey league, Byram played junior hockey for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). 

In addition to his professional career, he also competed for Team Canada at both under-17 and under-18 levels before being sidelined by an injury during last year's World Juniors tournament.

Bowen enjoys spending time outdoors; whether it's hunting or fishing with family and friends, enjoying mountain biking or hiking trails near his hometown of Cranbrook BC. Bowen Byram was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 4th round of the 2019 NHL Draft. 

He is a defenceman and shoots left. Bowen has played for the Avalanche since 2021, having made his professional debut that year with their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

In 54 games with San Antonio this season, he recorded seven goals and 33 assists to lead all players in scoring on his team. Bowen also represented Canada at both Under-17 (2017) and Under-18 (2018) levels before making his senior international debut in December 2018. 

World Junior Championship where he helped Canada to a silver medal finish after recording one goal and four assists over six games played.

Also Played For: vancouver giants

36. Adam Deadmarsh

Adam Deadmarsh

Adam Deadmarsh is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was most recently a member of the Colorado Avalanche, playing with them from 1997 to 2003.

Deadmarsh also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames during his NHL career. After retiring as a player, Deadmarsh spent some time working as an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being appointed head coach of their division rival Albany Devils in 2016.

Adam Deadmarrh has two children, daughters Kaitlyn and Kennedy, both athletes themselves; Kaitlyn plays soccer while Kennedy competes in track & field events at her school level.

Deadmarsh was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 14th round of the 1993 NHL Draft. Deadmarsh played for Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings between 1994-2003.

He won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. Deadmarsh also represented USA at the international level on various occasions, including World Championships and Olympics tournaments. 

After playing his final season with LOS ANGELES KINGS in 2003-2004, Deadmarson retired from professional hockey.

37. Artturi Lehkonen

Left wing

Artturi Lehkonen

Lehkonen is a left wing who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Lehkonen has spent most of his career with the Canadiens, playing in 149 games and scoring 27 goals and 43 assists.

He has also played for Finland at various age levels, including at the World Juniors Championships where he won a silver medal in 2017. 

Lehkonen signed an eight-year contract extension with Montreal on 25 September 2018 Artturi Lehkonen is a Finnish forward who has played for Colorado Avalanche, KalPa, Frölunda HC and Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.

Lehkonen was drafted 55th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013. He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche that same year and has since played for them four times, as well as Frölunda HC twice apiece. 

In total he's scored 49 goals and added 63 assists in 246 games across all competitions. Lehkonen represented Finland at both the World Championship (2014) and the Olympics (2016).

Although he didn't make an appearance at either event, he did win a bronze medal from 2016 Olympic competition playing alongside teammate Jesse Puljujarvi on Finland's third line. 

His contract with Montreal expires at the end of 2020-21 season so it'll be interesting to see where he ends up next year - whether its back in North America with one of their other teams or overseas once again.

38. Stéphane Yelle

Stéphane Yelle

Yelle is a popular French singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in the early 2000s with his electropop hits "Tous les garçons et les filles" and "Je t'aime".

Yelle has released eight albums, including 2007's platinum-selling Histoire de Melody Nelson. In 2009, he collaborated with David Guetta on the hit single "When Love Takes Over".

In 2012, Yelle released his ninth album Touche pas à mon poste.. In 2016, he was announced as one of the headliners for France's first ever gay pride parade, which took place that year in Paris.

Yelle has been married twice: first to actress Nathalie Baye from 2003 until their divorce in 2006; then to model Anne-Marie Lévy from 2010 until their separation in 2013. On December 10th 2017 it was announced that Yelle had joined forces with Daft Punk for an upcoming live tour called “Discovery Tour” starting February 2019.

39. Uwe Krupp

Uwe Krupp

Krupp is a defenceman for Kölner Haie in the German professional league 2. Krupp has played internationally for his country, West Germany, and represented them at various tournaments 3.

Krupp started playing hockey as a child 4. He joined the local team SC Köln in 1984 5. In 1988, he moved to Hamburg where he played until 1993 6. Krupp then returned to Cologne and signed with Haie 7.

He made his debut in the Bundesliga on 15 September 1995 against Eintracht Frankfurt 8. In 2006-07 season, Krupp was named captain of Haie 9 The following season saw him help lead Haie to their first ever playoff appearance Uwe Krupp played 9 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres.

He was a key part of two Stanley Cup championship teams, playing alongside such legends as Pat LaFontaine and Rick Martin. Uwe Krupp also represented West Germany at the international competition on numerous occasions, winning a World Championship gold medal in 1987. 

After retiring from hockey, Uwe Krupp went on to have a successful career in business administration.

40. Andrew Cogliano


Andrew Cogliano Career

  • 2003–04: St. Michael's Buzzers
  • 2004–05: St. Michael's Buzzers
  • 2005–06: University of Michigan
  • 2006–07: University of Michigan
  • 2007–08: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2008–09: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2009–10: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2010–11: Edmonton Oilers
  • 2011–12: Anaheim Ducks
  • 2012–13: EC KAC

Andrew Cogliano is a left-wing player who has played for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Cogliano has scored over 100 goals in his career, including 97 goals during the 2011-12 season with Anaheim. In 2013 he signed a five-year deal with Toronto worth $25 million dollars. 

Cogliano is an excellent skater who can speed past defenders on his way to scoring chances or setting up teammates for the offense.

His slapshot from close range is also deadly accurate, making him a threat both offensively and defensively at even strength or on power plays. 

Despite being highly productive offensively, some analysts have suggested that Cogliano's game could use more finesse in order to be successful against better competition later in his career;

 however, this criticism seems largely unfounded given his overall production levels throughout his lengthy hockey career thus far.

As one of only two remaining Canadian players currently playing in the National Hockey League (the other being Rick Nash).

Andrew represents not just an important part of North American hockey culture but also contributes significantly to Canada's standing as one of world's top ice hockey nations.

Also Played For: university of michigan hockey, michigan hockey

41. Jarome Iginla

Right winger

Jarome Iginla Career

  • 1993–94: Kamloops Blazers
  • 1994–95: Kamloops Blazers
  • 1995–96: Kamloops Blazers
  • 1995–96: Calgary Flames
  • 1996–97: Calgary Flames
  • 1997–98: Calgary Flames
  • 1998–99: Calgary Flames

Jarome Iginla was born in Edmonton, Alberta on July 1st, 1977. He played for the Calgary Flames from 1995-2008 and then moved onto the Pittsburgh Penguins for 3 seasons before joining the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Iginla has won a Stanley Cup with both Calgary and Pittsburgh and he also achieved further success with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013/14 season where they made it to the Finals but lost to Dallas Stars. 

In 2020, Jarome Iginla will be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame after an illustrious career playing right wing for some of hockey's biggest clubs including Calgary, Pittsburgh, Boston and Colorado respectively.

Jarome Iginla is a retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars in his career.

He was drafted by the Calgary Flames with the 11th overall pick in the 1995 NHL Draft and made his debut with them during the 1996-97 season. 

In 2001, he was traded to Pittsburgh where he won two Stanley Cups before moving to Boston in 2003. He then joined Dallas ahead of the 2005-06 season and helped them win their first ever Stanley Cup that year.

In 2007, Iginla moved back to Calgary but failed to help them reach another Stanley Cup Finals appearance despite playing well for most of the campaign. 

He returned to Pittsburgh at the end of that season and won another cup there before retiring after 17 seasons as a pro player in 2017.

Also Played For: whl, western hockey league

42. Pavel Francouz


Pavel Francouz

Francouz was born in 1990 in Plzeň, Czech Republic. He is 6'0" tall and weighs 180lb. Francouz started playing hockey at the age of six and quickly developed a love for it.

Francouz made his senior debut with HC Plzeň in 2010-11 season and has since played for several other teams in the Czech Extraliga including HC Kladno, HC Vítkovice Praha, EC Red Bull Salzburg, SC Bern and HK Mlada Boleslav before signing with Dinamo Minsk last offseason.

As a goaltender, Francouz is known for his flashy style of play which often results in him making big saves when needed most; he was even nominated as MVP of the World Championships after backstopping Team Europe to victory over Sweden earlier this year (he also won silver medals with Russia at both the 2012 Olympics and 2016 Worlds).

With respect to international hockey competition, Francouz has represented his country on numerous occasions - most notably at the under-18 level where he helped lead them to gold at the 2009 IIHF.

World U18 Championship then again three years later by helping guide them to another title at that same tournament - as well as captaining their junior team during their run to gold medal glory at the 2013 IIHF. 

World Junior Championship held in Finland and finally representing Slovakia internationally on several occasions such as taking part in Euro Hockey Tour events (including winning two titles with Jokerit Helsinki) or appearing alongside NHL players like. 

Vladimir Tarasenko or Jaromír Jágr during various exhibitions/tournaments hosted by Team Slovakia (such as this past summer's "Slovan Cup").

43. Martin Kaut

Martin Kaut is a young, talented Right Wing player who was born in 1999. Martin has played for the Czech Republic at various age levels and has shown great potential.

He made his senior debut in 2017 and quickly became an important part of the team. Martin is strong on both legs and can score goals with either foot; he's a threat to any defense he faces.

In 2018, Martin helped his team win the Czech Cup, scoring one goal along the way - an impressive feat for such a young player. Martin as he looks to continue developing as a footballer and gain more experience playing at the international level.

Martin is highly-rated by football experts all over the world and we're sure that he'll make even more progress in future years. Martin Kaut is a Czech-born, Right Wing who has played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche since 2016. 

Martin was drafted by the Avalanche 16th overall in 2018 and has been playing regularly with HC Dynamo Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga ever since he joined their organization.

At just 19 years old, Martin already boasts an impressive amount of experience having played over 100 games in his homeland and abroad with teams such as HC Plzen and HSC Bern respectively. 

He currently stands at 6'1" tall and weighs 190 lbs., making him an imposing physical force on ice both offensively and defensively. With his speed, size, agility, shot accuracy and_ goaltender awareness_ Martin should have no trouble carving out a career in North America if he can continue to develop at this rate.

44. Jan Hejda


Jan Hejda

Jan Hejda is a Czech defender who has played for clubs including AC Milan, Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg. He was part of the Czech Republic squad that reached the 2006 World Cup final but they were beaten 2-1 by Germany.

After leaving Wolfsburg in 2012, he joined FC Koln in 2013 where he helped them qualify for the Europa League. In January 2016, Hejda moved to Aston Villa on a two-and-a-half-year contract with an option for another year at the end of it which was subsequently taken up by him.

At Villa Park, Jan made 28 appearances during his first season before missing most of 2017 due to injury and being ruled out for most of 2018 after undergoing surgery on an Achilles problem sustained earlier in the campaign. 

Whilst playing against Stoke City in February 2018; he returned as a substitute late into stoppage time but could not prevent Villa from losing 4–0 (resulting in his side finishing 18th).

On May 14th 2019 Jan announced his retirement from professional football following 15 years as a player – 12 seasons at FC Koln and 3 seasons with Aston Villa - citing chronic injuries as reason behind his decision.

45. Martin Škoula

Martin Škoula

Martin Škoula is a Czech player who has spent most of his career playing in the Czech Republic. He made his North American debut with HC Litvínov and later played for Colorado Avalanche, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and SKA Saint Petersburg before joining KHL Medvescak Zagreb in 2016.

Martin Škoula is known for being an extremely physical defenceman who can play both offensively and defensively. He is also one of the better shot-blockers in the NHL today. Martin Škoula was born on October 28th, 1979 in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia to parents Jan and Dagmar Skoula.

The family later moved to Canada when he was young where he developed into a successful hockey player at numerous levels domestically before making his international debut with the Czech Republic at the age of 21 years old.

After spending eleven seasons with HC Litvínov (2003-2016), Martin Škoula joined Colorado Avalanche as a free agent in July 2016 after reaching European Free Agent status following KHL Medvescak Zagreb's relegation from Slovak Extraliga during the 2015–16 season.

In 2018,Martin signed a two-year contract extension with KHL Medvescak Zagreb ahead of their return to Europe’s top division – Swedish Hockey League (SEL).

46. Kurtis MacDermid


Kurtis MacDermid Career

  • 2010–11: Owen Sound Greys
  • 2011–12: Owen Sound Greys
  • 2011–12: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2012–13: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2013–14: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2013–14: Erie Otters
  • 2014–15: Erie Otters

Kurtis MacDermid was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on March 25th 1994. He is a 6'5" tall forward who plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kurtis has played for numerous teams over his career including: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Kingston Frontenacs, and Windsor Spitfires before signing with the Los Angeles Kings as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

His best year to date came in 2017-2018 when he scored 25 goals and had 43 points in 82 games played. Kurtis is known as one of the hardest working players in hockey and often puts up big numbers despite being a bottom six player most nights.

Outside of hockey, Kurtis enjoys spending time with his family and friends skating or watching sports events together Kurtis MacDermid is a defenceman who has played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. 

He was originally drafted by the Avalanche but did not sign with them and went to play college hockey at Miami University of Ohio instead.

After playing two seasons with Miami, MacDermid was signed by LA as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and made his NHL debut that season. 

In 2017-18, he had a career year statistically, scoring six goals and 22 points in 79 games played for LA before being traded to Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline. 

In 2018-19 he spent time on IR after breaking his hand during training camp with Edmonton; however he returned to play later that season and recorded nine more points over 37 games played for Edmonton before being released midway through the 2019-20 season.

At present, Kurtis MacDermid plays defense for HC Bolzano of Italy's top league Serie A1.

Also Played For: owen sound attack

47. Josh Manson


Josh Manson

Josh Manson is a defenseman for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 52nd overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Manson played college hockey with Northeastern University where he won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2010 and 2011. In his rookie season with Norfolk in 2014–15, Manson led all defensemen in scoring with 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists).

On June 26th, 2017 it was announced that Josh had signed a one year contract extension with Norfolk worth $925,000 dollars USAAwards.

AHL Defenseman of The Year (2016)NHL Central Scouting midseason top-10 ranking among North American skaters (2013)AHL All-Star First Team Selection (2015), a unanimous selection to AHL Second All Star Team (2014)AHL Leading Scorer Finalist 2016.

48. Valeri Kamensky

Valeri Kamensky Career

  • Khimik Voskresensk
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Quebec Nordiques
  • HC Ambrì-Piotta
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • New York Rangers
  • Dallas Stars
  • New Jersey Devils
  • NHL Draft : 129th overall, 1988
  • Quebec Nordiques
  • Gold medal – first place 1986 Soviet Union

Valeri Kamensky is a Russian left winger who played for Khimik Voskresensk. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 4th round (78th overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

In 997 games, he scored 187 goals and added 281 assists for 507 points. Valeri has represented his country at several tournaments including the World Championships.

Euro Hockey Tour, and World Cup of Hockey where he won a silver medal in 2002 as part of Team Russia’s roster that included Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk among others.

After ending his professional career with HC Sochi in 2013-14 season, Valeri became an assistant coach to HC Sochi's head coach.

Sergei Zubarev before joining Lokomotiv Yaroslavl coaching staff this year Kamensky was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1988 and played for them until 2005. 

He is best known for his play with the Soviet Union, where he won a gold medal at the World Championships in 1991 and 1995, as well as a silver medal at the World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

Kamensky also played for CSKA Moscow, HC Ambrì-Piotta, Colorado Avalanche, and Dallas Stars during his playing career before retiring after the 2004–05 season. After retirement, Kamensky served as an assistant coach with KHL team. 

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod from 2006 to 2008 before returning to coaching duties with CSKA Moscow from 2009 to 2011; he has since been relieved of his coaching duties there once again due to allegations of match-fixing.

49. Jayson Megna


Jayson Megna

Jayson Megna is a center for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but never played an NHL game.

He signed with HC Kladno of Czech Republic in 2013 and led team to championship that year. Signed with Hartford as a free agent on July 1, 2016 and has had successful season so far with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games played this season.

Jayson's older brother Stefan also plays professional hockey; he is currently playing for EHC Biel of Switzerland's National League A (NLA). 

Jayson attended Kansas State University where he earned NCAA Division I All-American honours as a senior while leading K-State to their first Frozen Four appearance since 1988 and first national title since 1985 Jayson married his long-time girlfriend. 

Brittany Nevin during offseason break from AHL action earlier this year Jayson Megna - Center | Hartford Wolf Pack.

50. Steven Reinprecht

Steven Reinprecht

Reinprecht was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Reinprecht has spent his entire career with the Kings, appearing in 902 games and recording 233 goals and 461 assists for 705 points.

In 2010-11, he finished third on the team in scoring with 69 points (24 goals and 45 assists) as they reached their first Stanley Cup Final since 1993. On July 1, 2013, Reinprecht re-signed a five-year contract extension worth $20 million with the Kings.

He is known for his powerful shot from left wing which he uses to score key goals down low or off deflections; some have even called it "The Shot". 

In 2006–07, Reinprecht competed on Canada's World Cup of Hockey Team that won gold medal at Air Canada Centre in Toronto over Russia 5-1 in overtime after having trailed 3–0 early in regulation time thanks to Igor Larionov's hat trick including one goal just 58 seconds into play – an event now known as The Miracle on Ice.

After playing all 82 games during the regular season and playoffs leading up to The Stanley Cup Finals where LOS ANGELES KINGS were finally able to win their first championship against New York Rangers following a 4 game series without winning any games 2 through 6).

Reineiprecht played only 14 minutes total during final 3 games due to injury but still managed two helpers while averaging nearly 16 minutes per contest throughout post season - proving himself invaluable no matter what role coach Darryl Sutter put him into late towards clinching cup victory.

51. Semyon Varlamov


Semyon Varlamov Career

  • NHL team: New York Islanders
  • Former teams: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • Washington Capitals
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 23rd overall, 2006
  • Washington Capitals

Semyon Varlamov is a Russian goaltender who has played for the Colorado Avalanche since he was drafted in 2008. He has been named to two NHL All-Star Games, and won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie in 2013.

Injuries have limited him to just 49 games over the past two seasons, but he remains one of the most promising goaltenders in hockey. Varlamov was born on April 27th 1988, making him 34 years old at this time (2018). 

His height is 6' 2" tall and his weight is 209 pounds – both of which are typical measurements for goaltenders.

Semyon Varlamov started playing hockey when he was only six years old; before that he participated in track and field events such as long jump and triple jump. 

After starting out with a team called Lokomotiv Moscow, Varlamov made his professional debut with CSKA Moscow during the 2003–04 season – aged 18 years old. 

He spent five seasons with CSKA Moscow before moving to Europe to play for HC Sochi (2006) and then SC Bern (2008).

The Colorado Avalanche selected Semyon Varlamov 38th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft after watching him play for Severstal Cherepovets during that year's playoff run.

Also Played For: nhl 16, 2014–15 nhl season

Final Words

. . The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team located in Denver, Colorado. The franchise has had several standout players throughout its history, most notably Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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