Number Nine Is Too Sacred For Just Anybody
December 7, 2008 in Bobby Hull, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Gordie Howe, Los Angeles Kings, Maurice Richard, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Wayne Gretzky Tags: Atlanta Thrashers, Bobby Hull, Brendan Bell, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Derek Roy, Eric Christensen, Florida Panthers, Gordie Howe, hockey, LA Kings, Maurice Richard, Mike Modano, Mikko Koivu, Milan Michalek, Minnesota Wild, Mr. Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Niklas Hagman, Oscar Moller, Ottawa Senators, Pascal Dupuis, Paul Kariya, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Scottie Upshall, St. Louis Blues, Steve Downie, Steve Weiss, Tampa Bay Lighning, Taylor Pyatt, the Golden Jet, The Rocket, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Wayne Gretzky, Zach Parise
This is absolutely reasonable. Gretzky deserves this honour. He was Gretzky, for goodness sakes.
But there’s another number out there that deserves the same royal treatment. Number nine.
Number nine was the number of Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and of course, Maurice Richard.
How can you argue with that? Number nine shouldn’t be worn by Steve Downie or Oscar Moller. Number nine was worn by Mr. Hockey, the Golden Jet, and the Rocket, three of the greatest ever, right up there at the top of the mountain. It’s a sacred number.
Currently there are 15 teams of the 30 with a player wearing number nine. It doesn’t seem right.
I think all but two of these players should surrender their number nine, choose another one, and carry on. The two players, Mike Modano in Dallas and Paul Kariya in St. Louis, have had too good a career to not wear these sweaters. But when they retire, so goes the number.
Here are the other 13 players currently wearing number nine.
Eric Christensen – Atlanta
Derek Roy – Buffalo
Steven Weiss – Florida
Oscar Moller – LA
Mikko Koivu – Minnesota
Zach Parise – New Jersey
Brendan Bell – Ottawa
Scottie Upshall – Philadelphia
Pascal Dupuis – Pittsburgh
Milan Michalek – San Jose
Steve Downie – Tampa Bay
Niklas Hagman – Toronto
Taylor Pyatt – Vancouver