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MacKinnon opts to wear No. 29 in Colorado


Call Tuesday jersey number day for the Colorado Avalanche.

One announcement closes a chapter for the franchise while another one represents the beginning of what could be a sterling career.

29: Nathan MacKinnon announced on Twitter that he’ll wear No. 29, at least for next season.

The Denver Post points out that Matt Hunwick wears MacKinnon’s possibly preferred No. 22, so the top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft might need to wait a year to get that deal.

(Then again, he might just stick with 29 if he has a great rookie year.)

52: The team released word that they’ll retire defenseman Adam Foote’s No. 52 during a Nov. 2 home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Foote will be the fifth player in Avalanche history to get his number retired, joining Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77). Stretching back deeper to the franchise’s roots, nine players in Avalanche/Nordiques history have had their numbers retired, as Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay also received the honor.

Perhaps MacKinnon’s number will hang in the rafters some day, too?

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