That "A" now becomes a "C"
On my unofficial list of favorite Avs, Foote actually ranks 2nd, just behind Super Joe. When you think Colorado Avalanche, you think Sakic, Roy, Forsberg, and Adam Foote.
“I’m honored to be named Avalanche captain,” said Foote. “I’ve been with this franchise for the majority of my career and I know what the standards are here. I look forward to the challenge of leading this team, starting with training camp and heading into the regular season.”
It's going to be extremely weird to see someone else wearing the C, but if it had to be someone, at least it's a player who has given his heart and soul to the franchise. Even if there were some dark days in Columbus, few players have played harder in An Avalanche uniform.
As for the Alternate Captains, they're perfect choices.
Stastny will almost certainly be named Captain within the next 3-5 years. Foote is 38, and I doubt that he'll play into his 40s.
The Avalanche also announced today that forwards Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny will serve as assistant captains for the upcoming season.
As for Hejduk, the move gives me some hope that he won't be traded this season. True, the Avs did dispense of Ian Laperriere in the offseason, but Duke is one of the few connections to the "Glory Years" left on the team. He should retire an Av.
This season will mark a new era in Avalanche hockey, an era lead by the new Captain Foote.