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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Skinny on the New Guys' Numbers

The Isles gave out uniform numbers today to three new acquisitions:

Cal Clutterbuck gets #15, which was last worn by P-A Parenteau.  (Clutterbuck wore #22 with the Wild, but that wasn't happening here)

Peter Regin takes #16.  He wore both 43, and in recent years, 13 with Ottawa.  Regin hopes that there are some goals left over in that jersey (Marty Reasoner scored only one in two seasons with the Isles wearing #16).  Ironically, no fewer than four former Islanders wore #16 in Ottawa:  Brad Lauer, Dave McLlwain, Steve Martins, and Mike Sillinger.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard keeps his Wild number, 96.  It becomes the highest uniform number ever issued by the Isles; Ryan Smyth wore #94 for 18 regular season and five playoff games.

Bouchard is one of five NHL players to wear 96.  Tomas Holmstrom wore it for all but his rookie year in Detroit.  Pavel Bure was the first to choose it, wearing it for his final two seasons in Vancouver.  Fabian Brunnstrom wore it for two seasons in Dallas.   The only player before Bouchard to wear 96 for two teams is Phil Housley, who wore it for two seasons in Washington, and for one regular season game and three playoff games (his final games in the NHL) for Toronto in 2003.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

EH, thank you for your dedicated work over the years. Howie seems to love what you do and likes to mention your contributions whenever he can...RMimagery