Best to Wear # 5 – Colin White
Eric Weinrich and the rest of the players to wear # 5 barely stood a chance, as Colin White stole the vote as the best player to wear number five for the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils drafted White 49th Overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. White was called up to the Devils late in the 1999-2000 season and helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup that year. White was also a key defensive factor when the Devils won their third Stanley Cup in 2003.
Colin White was a familiar face on the Devils blue-line, until White suffered an unfortunate injury. During the 2007-2008 pre-season, White was defending two-on-one rushes during a team practice. He was up against John Madden and rookie Nicklas Bergfors. Bergfors took a shot that deflected off of White’s stick and hit him in the right eye. Devils fans say ever since this injury, White has not been the same player.
Because of the injury, White couldn’t be as physical as he once was. You no longer saw him drop the gloves, because if he got hit in the eye again, he would go blind. It’s because of this risk, that White started to wear a visor.
A semi-surprise occurred on August 1, 2011: Colin White was placed on waivers. Fans knew Colin White’s time with New Jersey was coming to an end, they just didn’t expect for it to happen so quickly. White was bought out by the Devils on August 2, and signed a new one year, $1-million contract with the San Jose Sharks.
|Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils|
Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s poll.
“Best to Wear” # 6 will be posted on Tuesday.
Posted on August 26, 2011, in Best To Wear, Devils Army, Devils Army Far and Wide, Devils Army Generals, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils Fans, NHL, Player Profile and tagged Colin White, New Jersey Devils, NHL, NHL Draft, Stanley Cup. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.