Colorado native Cal Foote, the son of former Avalanche defenseman and team captain Adam Foote, stole NHL-draft bragging rights from his father Friday.
Cal, an 18-year-old defenseman born in Denver, was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft at the United Center in Chicago. Adam Foote was drafted 22nd (second round) by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“He pretty much taught me everything, or most, of what I know about the game,” Cal told reporters at the United Center. “Just being around him. He’s helped me a ton and I’m very fortunate to have him on my side.”
Cal played youth hockey for the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds and considered the University of Denver. He chose the major-junior route and the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. He likely will begin his third season with the Rockets and again play with his 16-year-old brother Nolan, who could be an NHL draft pick in 2019.
“It’s a two-way style,” Cal Foote said when asked to describe his game. “I like to play defense but jump up in the play as well. I like to add to the offense.”
In an NBC Sports Network interview, Adam Foote said of his eldest son: “Just an all-around defenseman that can add some offense and shut down (attackers).”
Footnote. Incoming Denver Pioneers freshmen Ian Mitchell and Dayton Rasmussen are expected to be drafted Saturday. Mitchell, a defenseman from Calahoo, Alberta, is ranked No. 35 among North American skaters. The Minnesota-born Rasmussen, who lived in Colorado and played for the Colorado Thunderbirds, is No. 6 among North American goalies. Both Mitchell and Rasmussen participated in the recent NHL draft combine in Buffalo.