Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The 101 Best Players to Have Worn Each Number

In 1940, the NHL Board of Governors
eliminated the requirement that only jersey numbers 1-19 be allowed to designate player in NHL games.

And for that we thank them.

Los Angeles Kings 86-87 B 2000-01 NHL Colorado Avalanche Peter Forsberg jersey Vancouver Canucks 82-83 B MN North Stars 87-88 B

USA 2004WCOH B 1998-99 NHL Dallas Stars Alternate Joe Nieuwendyk jersey Quebec Nordiques 96-97 B Chicago Blackhawks 91-92 R B

1989-90 Game Worn Dynamo Riga jersey Manitoba Moose 00-01 B Canada 1996 WC B 1991-92 NHL Chicago Blackhawks TBTC Dominic Hasek jersey

1991-92 NHL San Jose Sharks Arturs Irbe rookie jersey 1992-93 NHL Montreal Canadiens Patrick Roy jersey 1997-98 NHL Florida Panthers John Vanbiesbrouck patch USA 1996 WCOH 35 B

Hartford Whalers 92-93 B Washington Capitals 96-97 B Minnesota Wild G 06-07 B 1996-97 NHL Buffalo Sabres Dominik Hasek jersey

Eventually, Guillaume Latendresse of the Montreal Canadiens became the first player in NHL history to wear #84 when he made his Montreal Canadiens regular season debut on this date in 2006.

Latendresse #84

With Latendresse donning the #84, it meant that every number from 0 to 99 had finally been worn in the NHL, and on that occasion Sports Illustrated commemorated the event with a list of the best players ever to have worn each number.

Obviously some numbers had an incredible amount of contenders and debate (#9), while others had simply no competition (#69) and were won by default. As you consider the list, also remember it was complied four seasons ago, and there may have been other worthy contenders emerge since then.
The Top 101

00 John Davidson
0 Neil Sheehy
1 Terry Sawchuk
2 Doug Harvey
3 Lionel Hitchman
4 Bobby Orr
5 Denis Potvin
6 Toe Blake
7 Howie Morenz
8 Cam Neely
9 Gordie Howe

10 Guy Lafleur
11 Mark Messier
12 Dickie Moore
13 Mats Sundin
14 Brendan Shanahan
15 Milt Schmidt
16 Marcel Dionne
17 Jari Kurri
18 Serge Savard
19 Steve Yzerman

20 Luc Robitaille
21 Stan Mikita
22 Mike Bossy
23 Bob Gainey
24 Chris Chelios
25 Joe Nieuwendyk
26 Peter Stastny
27 Frank Mahovlich
28 Steve Larmer
29 Ken Dryden

30 Martin Brodeur
31 Grant Fuhr
32 Dale Hunter
33 Patrick Roy
34 John Vanbiesbrouck
35 Tony Esposito
36 Daniel Bouchard
37 Olaf Kolzig
38 Vladimir Malakhov
39 Dominik Hasek

40 Alex Tanguay
41 Stu Barnes
42 Sergei Makarov
43 Patrice Brisebois
44 Chris Pronger
45 Rhett Warriner
46 Kyle McLaren
47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
48 Scott Young
49 Brian Savage

50 Igor Ulanov
51 Andrei Kovalenko
52 Adam Foote
53 Derek Morris
54 Sean Pronger
55 Larry Murphy
56 Sergei Zubov
57 Steve Heinze
58 Bill Berg
59 Tom Fitzgerald

60 Jose Theodore
61 Maxim Afinogenov
62 Olli Jokinen
63 Josef Vasicek
64 Sylvain Cote
65 Tim Hunter
66 Mario Lemieux
67 Robert Svehla
68 Jaromir Jagr
69 Mel Angelstad

70 Oleg Tverdovsky
71 Mike Foligno
72 Mathieu Schneider
73 Michael Ryder
74 Jay McKee
75 Walt Poddubny
76 Radek Bonk
77 Ray Bourque
78 Pavol Demitra
79 Alexei Yashin

80 Geoff Sanderson
81 Miroslav Satan
82 Marian Gaborik
83 Ales Hemsky
84 Guillaume Latendresse
85 Petr Klima
86 Jonathan Ferland
87 Sidney Crosby
88 Eric Lindros
89 Alexander Mogilny

90 Joe Juneau
91 Sergei Fedorov
92 Rick Tocchet
93 Doug Gilmour
94 Ryan Smyth
95 Aleksey Morozov
96 Tomas Holmstrom
97 Jeremy Roenick
98 Brian Lawton
99 Wayne Gretzky

Don't agree with any? Post your choices in the comments below and let the debate begin...


  1. Hard to fault them for going with Dionne at #16, but here's hoping Brett Hull (who also wore #22 and #17) got some serious consideration.

  2. I would have gone with Mark Napier for #65, because it has a great back story.

    Interestingly, Napier finished his career wearing jersey #65 back when such NASCAR numbers were not so common place. Since his favored #9 was already in use courtesy of Danny Gare, Napier chose 65 because of his involvement with the charitable Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where he was an honorary chairman. The terrible disease is often mispronounced by its youngest victims as Sixty Five Roses, leading to the annual fundraising and awareness campaign by the same tagline. Napier brought further attention to the cause by donning the jersey number.

  3. How did Holmstrom get the nod at #96 over Pavel Bure?


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