Andre Burakovsky is shedding the number 65 he wore with Washington and getting new digits with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche announced on Sunday that the Swedish forward will wear number 95 next season.
Coming to burgundy and blue…
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 28, 2019
In the photoshop, the Avs show Burakovsky celebrating a goal which he never scored with his new Avs teammates which he hasn’t met yet.
While Burakovsky will forever be known as number 65 to fans in Washington, his connection to the number was never deep.
“They gave it to me during training camp,” Burakovsky explained to The Athletic last season. “I was playing pretty good with the number in training camp so I just kept it.”
Burakovsky is likely going to 95 because he was born in 1995. He also wore the number in junior hockey when playing with Connor McDavid as a member of the Erie Otters.
Burakovsky will be the first Colorado Avalanche player ever to wear 95.
Numbers in the nineties have been a popular choice for star forwards in Denver. Gabriel Landeskog wears number 92 and Mikko Rantanen wears number 96. In the past, Ryan O’Reilly rocked number 90 and Ryan Smythe wore number 94.
Headline photo: Colorado Avalanche
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