Saturday, January 6, 2001
Former teammate delivered hit on Foote
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote is
expected to miss three months because of a separated right shoulder
sustained on a hit by former teammate Owen Nolan.
Foote, who missed 12 games earlier this season because of a heel
injury, left Thursday night's game against San Jose when Nolan
slammed into him midway through the second period. Nolan played
with Foote for four seasons before being traded by Colorado in
On Saturday, the Avalanche called up defenseman Rick
Berry from AHL affiliate Hershey in time for him to play that night's game against
the Carolina Hurricanes.
No penalty was called on the play, which came seconds after
Foote tangled with Sharks forward Mike Ricci, another former
Foote was placed on injured reserve and is scheduled to have
surgery next week.
"This is a routine procedure, and we will be expecting nothing
short of a complete recovery," Avalanche trainer Pat Karns said.
Foote, who teamed with Ray Bourque to form Colorado's top
defensive tandem, has three goals and 12 assists with a plus-10
rating in 28 games.
Known for his physical play, Foote has struggled to stay healthy
the past two seasons.
He missed 22 games in 1999-00 because of rib, shoulder and groin
injuries and was sidelined for one game of the Western Conference
finals because a fractured orbital bone.
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