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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sweater numbers

The other day, James Mirtle wrote a post about the best players by sweater number last season. He pointed out that there were seven numbers between 1 and 98 that no player donned last season.
  • 62
  • 66. Nobody's really gonna try to wear that number ever again
  • 69. Only one player has ever worn that number. For good reason.
  • 86. Only a player with a great sense of humor would wear that.
  • 90
  • 95
  • 98

    Using the sweater number archive at Hockey-Reference as a guide,we can see that since the 1998-99 season, no player has ever worn the number 98. That's the only number not to have been worn.

    We can also see that only two non-goalies have worn the number 30. Andrei Zyuzin, who wore #30 as a defenseman in Tampa for three seasons (1999/2000-01/02) and Jean-Francois Jomphe who in 1999 played six games at center in Montréal with the 30 sweater.

    Their sweater number archives don't go further back than the 1998-99 season, but it can be a fun way to waste some time.

    I have some amateur plumbing to take care of in my bathroom today. I'm 100% confident that I'll mess it up. At some point later today, I'll go through the all-time Hurricanes sweater numbers and pick my favorites.

    Bill Purdy said...

    Hmm... I am not sure I understand your comment about 86.

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