>> An easy one. #1 and #35, always used by goalies. The
>>top goalie and backup goalie. Though some use #30 and #33
>>as well, those are usually the 3rd stringers.
>I feel this is a bit misleading; these "#1" goalies don't wear #1 or #35:
>Buffalo Grant Fuhr (31)
>Calgary Mike Vernon (30)
>Chicago Ed Belfour (30)
>Detroit Tim Cheveldae (32)
>Edmonton Bill Ranford (30)
>Los Angeles Kelly Hrudey (32)
>Minnesota Jon Casey (30)
>Montreal Patrick Roy (33)
>New Jersey Chris Terreri (31)
>N. Y. Rangers John Vanbiesbrouck (34)
>Ottawa Peter Sidorkiewicz (31)
>Philadelphia Tommy Soderstrom (30)
>Quebec Ron Hextall (27)
>St. Louis Curtis Joseph (31)
>San Jose Arturs Irbe (32)
>Toronto Felix Potvin (29)
>Washington Don Beaupre (33)
>So much that your characterization does not appear to be true. In fact, 30 and
>32 (and possibly 31) appear to be more popular.
In the old days, a team had one goalie and he wore number 1. When backup
goalies became common, most wore number 30. The third stringer, if he were
with the team (eg training camp), would usually be assigned 31. If a
second stringer became a first stringer, he would often take the
now-vacant number one.
In the post expansion years, goalie juggling became more common, so it was
not uncommon for the starter to wear numbers other than 1. Other numbers
soon became fashionable e.g. 29 (Dryden), 35 (Esposito) too, but there was
still something of a stigma attached to 31, the assumption being that you
weren't good enough to get a better number. The first goalie I recall who
stayed with 31 was Billy Smith. It was a matter of pride.
Now, of course, young goalies have their own heroes who wore other numbers,
so it is not uncommon to see this repeated.
Of course, this convention did not necessarily exist in Europe -- Tretiak
wore number 20 and one of the Czech goalies (Holicek?) wore number 2.
Mike Godfrey Motto of the "new" Canada:
Dept of Comp Sci, UofT E pluribus complures.