>>>Most popular jersey number.....

>>>Most popular jersey number.....

Post by Trevor Ryd » Fri, 30 Apr 1993 14:14:28


 > highlights and we noticed that almost EVERY team had someone
 > wearing #16. So my question:  What is the most common number
 > in the NHL right now?  Is there any jersey number that
 > someone on every team has taken (if possible)? And are there
 > any numbers that have never been taken by an active player?

  Susan ...

    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.

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>>>Most popular jersey number.....

Post by Mike Godfr » Sat, 01 May 1993 02:59:55


Quote:

>>    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.

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>>>Most popular jersey number.....

Post by Nelson » Sat, 01 May 1993 02:26:25

Quote:

>    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.

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>>>Most popular jersey number.....

Post by Hrivn » Sat, 01 May 1993 08:46:43

Quote:

>    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.

        Not true. On the Capitals (earlier this year) Beaupre was 33
and Hrivnak was 39. That numbering system is not always used.

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