Where Are They Now?

A look at where the members of the 2001 Colorado Avalanche are today.

Ten years ago, the Colorado Avalanche were the 2001 Stanley Cup champions, having won their second title in franchise history over the New Jersey Devils.

From 1995-96 to 2003-04, the Avalanche were amongst the elite franchises in the NHL, with the 2001 championship team representing the team’s high water mark.

Hard to believe a decade has passed since then.

The Avs are no longer amongst the league’s dominant teams.

Their best players either retired or departed via trade or free agency, and the club has been slowly attempting to rebuild with young talent. As a result, the Avalanche missed the playoffs in three of the past six seasons. There were a couple of changes in the front office, and several head coaches have come and gone.

Even at the gate, the Avalanche have tumbled. Once regularly ranked amongst the league’s top ten in attendance, by 2011 the Avs had fallen to 24th overall.

Such a fate was unthinkable ten years ago, when the Avalanche were perched atop the hockey world, the proud possessors of the sports’ holy grail.

Here’s a look at where the players who made up the Colorado Avalanche 2001 Stanley Cup championship roster are today.

Forwards.

Joe Sakic. Retired in 2009, number 19 retired by the Avalanche, currently works as Executive Adviser and Alternate Governor of the Avalanche.

Peter Forsberg. Played his last full NHL season in 2006-07, and after several abortive comeback attempts, finally retired in 2011. Named assistant general manager of Swedish Elite League team MoDo in April 2011.

Milan Hejduk. Re-signed with the Avalanche on May 11, 2011, to a one-year contract. Entering his 13th NHL season, all spent with the Avs. Is the only active member of the 2001 roster still in the lineup.

Alex Tanguay. Currently signed to a five-year contract with the Calgary Flames. Apart from Hejduk, he’s the only member of the 2001 roster still an active NHL player.

Chris Drury. Bought out of the final season of his contract by the NY Rangers in June 2011, retired in August 2011.

Chris Dingman. Last played in NHL in 2006. Played two seasons in Europe. Retired in 2008. Now works on Tampa Bay Lightning broadcasts on the Sun Sports network.

Shjon Podein. Played his final NHL season in 2002-03, and ended his playing career in 2006 following three seasons in Europe. Coaches High School hockey in Minnesota.

Ville Nieminen. His last NHL season was 2006-07, split between San Jose and St. Louis. Has spent the remainder of his pro career in Europe, recently signed with a KHL team for 2011-12.

Dan Hinote. Played his final NHL season in 2008-09 with the St. Louis Blues, and his final pro season with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League in 2009-10. Retired 2010. Now as assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Stephane Yelle. Retired in 2010, and now employed as a development coordinator with the Avalanche.

Dave Reid. Retired in 2001. Worked for many years in broadcasting, and in 2010, was named general manager of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.

Steven Reinprecht. Split last season between the Florida Panthers and Mannheim of DEL. Still has one season remaining on his contract with the Panthers, but is currently listed as a non-roster player.

Scott Parker. Retired in 2009, currently runs a barbershop in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Defensemen

Rob Blake. Retired 2010. Currently works as a manager in NHL Hockey Operations, specifically, the Competition Committee and the annual Research and Development camp.

Ray Bourque. Retired 2001. Number 77 retired by the Avalanche. Inducted into HHOF in 2004. Resides in Boston, named a Bruins team consultant in 2005, and is co-owner of Tresca’s restaurant in Boston’s north end.

Adam Foote. Retired in April 2011. Worked this summer as an instructor with OHL’s “TLAP” (Train like a pro) program in Whitby, Ontario.

Martin Skoula. Last NHL season was 2009-10, split between Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Currently signed with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

Greg de Vries. Retired 2009. Divides his time between Stratford, Ontario and Brentwood, Tennessee.

Jon Klemm. Played his final NHL season with the LA Kings in 2007-08, and final pro season in Germany in 2008-09. Retired 2009, and currently an assistant coach with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.

Eric Messier. Retired 2004 with the Florida Panthers following a career-ending wrist injury. Currently coaches men’s college hockey in Quebec.

Bryan Muir. Final NHL season was 2006-07 with Washington, spent next two seasons in minors and in Europe. Played last season with the Brantford Blast of the Ontario Hockey Association.

Nolan Pratt. Played his final NHL season with Buffalo in 2007-08, and after three seasons playing in Europe, retired in 2011. Currently an assistant coach with the Springfield Falcons.

Goaltenders.

Patrick Roy. Retired 2003. Number 33 retired by Avalanche. Inducted into HHOF in 2006. Currently owner, GM and head coach of Quebec Remparts of QMJHL.

David Aebischer, goaltender. Spent past four seasons playing in Switzerland, has been invited to Winnipeg Jets 2011 training camp on a tryout basis.

4 Comments

  1. Appreciate the update.

  2. What a great team that was…one of the most solid teams ever.

    Crazy to think, from a player’s point of view…that all these years have already passed, and all of your teammates have retired. Seems, like only yesterday. Time flies…enjoy it while you’ve got it.

  3. ”Patrick Roy. Retired 2003. Number 33 retired by Avalanche. Inducted into HHOF in 2006. Currently owner, GM and head coach of Quebec Remparts of QMJHL.”

    Also won the Memorial cup in his first season as coach of the Remparts in 2005-06. The last time the Remparts had won that cup before 2006, was 1971, when a Certain Guy Lafleur was the star of the team.

  4. I love the “where are they now “idea. It’s always interesting to see where players end up after their playing days are over. Do you have plans to do this again? I hope so !its a great feature