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Foote replaces Sakic as Avalanche captain

The Colorado Avalanche named veteran defenceman Adam Foote as their new team captain Friday.

The Colorado Avalanche named veteran defenceman Adam Foote as their new team captain Friday.

Foote, 38, takes over from recently retired longtime teammate Joe Sakic, who was named captain in 1995.

"I’m honoured to be named Avalanche captain," Foote said in a release. "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."

Foote is entering the third season of his second stint with Colorado. He was with the franchise for over 12 years beginning in 1991-92 when it was in Quebec City.

He has 66 goals and 225 assists in 1,040 career games, with 1,437 penalty minutes. He has also competed in 164 career playoff games, winning two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche.

The club said Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny will be assistant captains.

The Avalanche are looking to bounce back after going from eighth in the NHL West in 2007-08 to dead last in the conference last season.