Numbers Game: Time For a Reset Button on Sweater Numbers

Posted: 2nd October 2009 by Voodoo Chili in NHL
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Blame it on Gretzky, Lemieux, the Canadiens, or even the New York Yankees. At one point in time, hockey-sweater numbers had a nice simple rule to them. Goaltenders wore number 1, or a number from 20-35. Defencemen wore 2-6 or 20-29. Forwards wore anything between 7 and 29. It was simple, and it worked in the same way that Danish modern furniture does; it's not fancy, but it's simplicity keeps people too distracted by bigger concerns from screwing up their personal aesthetics too badly.á Sure, there were exceptions. Jean Beliveau and Bernie Geoffrion, both forwards, wore numbers 4 and 5, respectively. Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey, both defensemen, both wore number 7 at the starts of their careers. And, the most famous number non-conformist of all, Wayne Gretzky, wore 99 for the all but a ha ...

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