In today’s NHL news, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they will retire the jersey number of former forward Milan Hejduk. The 41-year-old played his entire 14 year career with the Avalanche scoring 375 goals and 430 assists. He retired following the 2012-13 season.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 13, 2017
Hejduk’s number 23 will hang from the Pepsi Center rafters following a ceremony January 6, 2018. Number 23 will be the sixth number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, joining Joe Sakic’s #19, Peter Forsberg’s #21, Patrick Roy’s #33, Adam Foote’s #52 and Ray Bourque’s #77.
As a 50 goal scorer in 2002-03, Hejduk lead the NHL in goals. Hejduk was a member of the 2001 Avalanche team that hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup, and he participated in three all-star games during his career.
The former captain reached the 20-goal plateau each year from 1999-00 through 2010-11, averaging 31 goals per season during that stretch.
In addition to his work with Colorado, Hejduk was a three-time Olympian, winning gold in 1998 with the Czech Republic.
Overall, Hejduk’s #23 will be the tenth number the organization will retire. In addition to the six numbers retired by the Avalanche, the Quebec Nordiques retired Peter Stastny’s #26, Michel Goulet’s #16, Marc Tardif’s #8 and J.C. Tremblay’s #3.