NHL Retired Numbers List is Growing

This week saw the addition of two players who will have their numbers retired this season by their former NHL teams. The Washington Capitals will retire Mike Gartner’s number and the Vancouver Canucks will do the same for Trevor Linden. The Montreal Canadiens announced earlier in the summer that they would be retiring Patrick Roy’s number.

There typically isn’t a criterion for retiring a player’s number but if you look down the list of the 95 NHL players who have had their number retired, you will see some of the best who have ever played the game.

There is also another possible motive behind a team retiring a number-marketing. A smart marketing move would be to pick a night when a sellout is not likely and use the ceremony that typically goes with the number retirement to help sell tickets.

Click on the Wikipedia link below and have fun going down the list of players.

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This is a complete list of National Hockey League (NHL) retired numbers. A retired number is a jersey number that is taken out of circulation by a team as a means of honouring a former member of that team who wore that number.

The first team to retire a number were the Toronto Maple Leafs, who retired Ace Bailey‘s #6 on February 14, 1934, prior to an All-Star game in his honour.

There are currently 95 retired numbers in the NHL. There are also 13 honoured numbers, all issued by the Toronto Maple Leafs. A further 7 numbers were retired, by the Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques, but upon the relocation of the two teams the numbers were put back into circulation.

Only one number has been retired league-wide. Upon the retirement of Wayne Gretzky, it was announced that no other player would again wear his number, 99. The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings have also separately retired Gretzky’s number.

Upon joining the league in 2000, the Minnesota Wild had a ceremony retiring #1 from circulation as a tribute to the fans.

Only five players have had their number retired by two different teams:

Team Slogan Help From the Olympic Home Team

For some of you, one of the things on your list this time of year is select a slogan to rally the team around for the coming season. You are likely looking for something to inspire and motivate your players and fans.

Since the Olympics are in full swing in Beijing, why not get some slogan inspiration from the home team. The Chinese are kicking butt, so these slogans must work!

Here is an article from Geoffrey York of the Globe and mail.

BEIJING – If you’re wondering how China’s athletes have managed to win so many gold medals so fast, you might consider how much pressure they face from their coaches and state officials.

It’s just one of the many reasons for their success, but it must be a factor. Everyone in China is pushing them to be the best in the world, to bring glory to the country in its Olympic year.

Consider, for example, the official slogans at their training sessions. Here are some of the slogans printed on the walls of the Chinese training camps, as collected on the China Digital Times website:

From the training camp of the Chinese weightlifting team: “The motherland is above everything; strike for gold in the Olympics; lift up the world; hold up hope; stay away from steroids.”

From the training camp of the Chinese shooting team: “Die in the fight for the gold, instead of surviving just for the sake of participation.”

From the training camp of the Chinese gymnastics team: “Leaders put pressure, subordinates put pressure. Pressure each other. Pressure oneself. There will be no breakthrough if one does not take the hardest hardship; there will be no champion if one does not go through the ultimate pressure.”

Who said fun had to be part of sport….