When he was recalled from Indianapolis during the 1989-90 season, Waite was given an unusual jersey, a vintage Wilson dureen jersey which had been worn back in the 1977-78 season by Cliff Koroll! The Blackhawks, under the thrifty ownership of Bill Wirtz, many of their vintage jerseys were kept and recycled for training camps and call-ups.
This vintage Koroll jersey then had it's #20 changed to #60 and a new, snow white nameplate with Waite's name added to the back for the four games he played that season.
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Things were looking uo for Waite in 1992-93, as Hasek was now gone, which allowed Waite to finally spend the entire season in the NHL. While Belfour saw the lion's share of the starts, Waite was able to set a career high with 20 appearances - and was also finally able to wear the same jersey number two years in a row!
Waite would play in a single game for Chicago in 1995-96 and 2 games in 1996-97, having returned to having the #29 on his back. His eight seasons with Chicago would come to an end after he was claimed in the NHL waiver draft by Phoenix, but not before he wore jerseys 30, 60, 36, 29, 49 and 29 again! That's five different numbers in eight seasons.
So what number would Waite wear in Phoenix? The #28 of course!
Today's video selection is a brief but telling one, showing the fans love of Waite in Ingolstadt.