Saturday, July 18, 2009
July by the Numbers makes it to #18 and a trip to the Rocky Mountains today.
Alex Tanguay was drafted 12th overall in 1998 by the Colorado Avalanche and played six seasons in Colorado, winning a Stanley Cup in 2001.
He scored 51 points in his rookie season and followed up with a 26 point improvement to 77 points in his sophomore season of 2000-01. He would tally an additional 21 points in the playoffs, as Colorado would capture the Stanley Cup in a classic seven games against the New Jersey Devils.
In the final Game 7, Tanguay would score the first two goals and assist on the Avalanche's third in a 3-1 victory, giving him the game winning goal and allowing Ray Bourque his one and only chance to lift the cup following a long career before riding off into the sunset. Tanguay's 21 playoff points would place him third on the Avalanche, behind Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk, and fifth overall among all players.
Tanguay would later be traded to the Calgary Flames for Jordan Leopold and a pair of second round draft picks and would set a personal best with 81 points in his first season in Calgary. He would be traded to the Montreal Canadiens at the 2008 draft, giving him the opportunity to play in his home province of Quebec.
Today's featured jersey is a CCM 2005-06 Colorado Avalanche alternate Alex Tanguay jersey. This alternate style was first introduced for the 2001-01 season and added a semi-retro look to the otherwise modern Avalanche jersey set. The classic treatment of the word "Colorado" diagonally across the chest, along with the tie-neck give the jersey a throwback feel, but the modern font for the name and numbers tie it to the current jerseys, maintaining a cohesiveness across the full set.
This jersey features the Colorado Avalanche 10th Anniversary patch, the only patch ever worn on this alternate jersey during it's five season lifespan. The patch was worn on the more traditional upper right chest on the home and road jerseys, and on the left due as seen below on the alternate.
Here are some selected video highlights of Alex Tanguay.