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This is a complete list of numbers retired by the National Hockey League (NHL). A retired number is a jersey number that is taken out of circulation by a team as a way of honouring a former member of that team who wore that number.
Currently in the NHL, there are 122 retired numbers, 7 former retirements, and 23 honoured numbers. Most of the numbers retired by the Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques were put back in circulation when those franchises relocated and became the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche, respectively, although the Hurricanes keep Gordie Howe's number 9 unofficially retired. The Arizona Coyotes had a policy of retaining the numbers retired when the franchise was the Winnipeg Jets but has reversed it after the Phoenix Coyotes were sold and became the Arizona Coyotes. Honoured numbers are similar to retired numbers, except that they remain available for use by other players. Presently, only the Calgary Flames, and the St. Louis Blues employ this designation. The Philadelphia Flyers have also unofficially retired number 31 in honour of goaltender Pelle Lindbergh, ever since his tragic death in 1985. Wayne Gretzky's number 99 has been retired league-wide, although the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings separately retired Gretzky's number.
Upon joining the league in 2000, the Minnesota Wild had a ceremony retiring number 1 from circulation as a tribute to their fans.
Seven numbers have been retired by a team in honour of two different players: number 12 by the Montreal Canadiens for Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, number 16 by the Montreal Canadiens for Elmer Lach and Henri Richard, number 3 by the Chicago Blackhawks for Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson, number 5 by the Canadiens for Bernie Geoffrion and Guy Lapointe, number 9 by the New York Rangers for Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves, number 1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs for Johnny Bower and Turk Broda, number 4 by the Maple Leafs for Hap Day and Red Kelly, number 7 by the Maple Leafs for King Clancy and Tim Horton, number 9 by the Maple Leafs for Charlie Conacher and Ted Kennedy, number 10 by the Maple Leafs for Syl Apps and George Armstrong, and number 27 by the Maple Leafs for Frank Mahovlich and Darryl Sittler.
Only seven players have had their number retired by two different NHL teams:
- Bobby Hull - Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes
- Gordie Howe - Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes
- Wayne Gretzky - Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings (also retired league-wide)
- Ray Bourque - Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche
- Mark Messier - New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers
- Patrick Roy - Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens
- Tim Horton - Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs
|Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame|
|Number retired league-wide|
|Never played for that particular franchise|
|Number retired by a team for multiple players|
- ↑ Associated Press (2009). Oilers retire Anderson's No. 9. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 NHL (2016). Maple Leafs retire 11 jersey numbers at ceremony. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2016-10-16.
- ↑ "Flyers pay tribute to Barry Ashbee", AP, The Calgary Herald, October 13, 1977. Retrieved on October 30, 2013.
- ↑ "Saleski Scores 2 Goals As Flyers Top Hawks", The Milwaukee Sentinel, October 14, 1977. Retrieved on October 30, 2013.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "This Date in Flyers History: October 11", Philadelphia Flyers, October 11, 2012. Retrieved on October 2, 2014.
- ↑ 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 Montreal Canadiens (2008). Montreal Canadiens retired numbers. Canadiens.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Vecsey, George. "Bossy Left His Numbers Behind Him", New York Times, 1992-03-04. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Kings To Retire Rob Blake’s No. 4 Jersey In A Special Staples Center Ceremony In January. Los Angeles Kings (2014-08-11). Retrieved on 2015-01-18.
- ↑ CBC Sports. "Bourque's No. 77 retired", CBC.ca, 2001-10-04. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ CBC Sports. "Avs retiring Bourque's No. 77", CBC.ca, 2001-08-14. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ Kovacevic, Dejan. "Penguins Report: 01/06/01", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2001-01-06. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Yerdon, Joe. "Hurricanes to retire Rod Brind'Amour's number in February", NBC Sports, 2010-07-15. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
- ↑ Morreale, Mike G.. "Devils to retire Brodeur's number before Feb. 9 game", NHL.com, 2015-10-06. Retrieved on 2016-01-02.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Dallas Stars (2008). Dallas Stars retired numbers. DallasStars.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Meltzer, Bill. "Great Moments: Bobby Clarke Night", Philadelphia Flyers, November 27, 2007. Retrieved on October 2, 2014.
- ↑ Associated Press (2005). Edmonton retires defenseman Coffey's No. 7. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Associated Press (2006). Devils to retire Daneyko's No. 3. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Kings Retired Numbers. Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved on January 13, 2015.
- ↑ Legends of Hockey (2007). Frank Finnigan Page. LEgends of Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian. "Adam Foote to see his No 52 retired by Avalanche", Denver Post.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian. "Avalanche opens vs. Red Wings with tribute to Peter Forsberg Read more: Avalanche opens vs. Red Wings with tribute to Peter Forsberg", Denver Post. Retrieved on 9 October 2011.
- ↑ Associated Press (2006). Hurricanes honor Ron Francis, retire his No. 10. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ Shea, Kevin (2007). One on One with Grant Fuhr. Legends of Hockey. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Buffalo Sabres (2008). Buffalo Sabres retired numbers. Sabres.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 New York Islanders (2008). Key Islander Dates. NewYorkIslanders.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ Zinsler, Lynn. "Graves Was Standout on and Off the Ice", New York Times, 2009-02-02. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
- ↑ Sabres to retire Hasek's number before Jan. 13 game
- ↑ "Flyers to retire Howe's No. 2", Philadelphia Flyers, March 5, 2012. Retrieved on October 2, 2014.
- ↑ Associated Press (2006). Blues to retire Hull's No. 16 jersey in December. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 30.2 Washington Capitals (2008). Washington Capitals retired numbers. WashingtonCaps.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ Guy Lapointe will be honoured on November 8. Montreal Canadiens (2014-09-12). Retrieved on 2014-10-12.
- ↑ Red Wings to retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s #5
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Tony Care and Rob Sinclair. "Honouring No. 11", CBC.ca. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ This Day in MN Hockey History: October 11. Minnesota Hockey Magazine (October 11, 2014). Retrieved on July 2, 2015.
- ↑ Stepneski, Mark (2013-06-06). Nine To Be Raised To The Rafters. Dallas Stars official website. Retrieved on 2013-06-06.
- ↑ ESPN (2003). Avalanche retire Roy's No. 33. ESPN. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ Ducks to retire Selanne's No. 8 on Jan. 11 vs. Jets
- ↑ Lapointe, Joe. "This Time, His Number Will Raise to the Roof", New York Times, 1993-02-20. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
- ↑ Vancouver Canucks (2008). Stan Smyl Profile on Canucks.com. Canucks.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
- ↑ CBC Sports. "Devils honour Scott Stevens", CBC.ca, 2006-02-04. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ Canadian Press. "Flames retiring Mike Vernon's No. 30", CBC.ca, 2006-11-30. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
- ↑ Associated Press (2009). Hurricanes honor Wesley, retire No. 2. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-17.
- ↑ Allen, Kevin. "Red Wings retire Yzerman's No. 19 jersey", USA Today, 2007-01-03. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.
Unofficially retired numbersEdit
These numbers are not considered officially retired, but have still been removed from circulation.
|Larry Aurie||Detroit Red Wings||6||June 1, 1938|||
|Red Berenson||St. Louis Blues||7||2010|
|Vladimir Konstantinov||Detroit Red Wings||16||1997|
|Steve Chiasson||Carolina Hurricanes||3||1999|
|Gordie Howe||Carolina Hurricanes||9||1997|
|Pelle Lindbergh||Philadelphia Flyers||31||1985|||
|Wayne Maki||Vancouver Canucks||11||1974|
|Joe Mullen||St. Louis Blues||7||2010|
|Chris Phillips||Ottawa Senators||4||2016|
|Keith Tkachuk||St. Louis Blues||7||2010|
|Garry Unger||St. Louis Blues||7||2010|
|Doug Wickenheiser||St. Louis Blues||14||2002|
Unlike the numbers retired by the Maple Leafs and Flames these honoured numbers remain in circulation. Some of the numbers honoured by the Blues remain in circulation, while others have been removed from circulation without being officially retired.
|Red Berenson||St. Louis Blues||7||March 7, 2011|||
|Wayne Gretzky||Arizona Coyotes||99||October 8, 2005|||
|Dale Hawerchuk||Arizona Coyotes||10||April 5, 2007|||
|Bobby Hull||Arizona Coyotes||9||October 8, 2005|||
|Al MacInnis||Calgary Flames||2|||
|Joe Mullen||St. Louis Blues||7||March 7, 2011|||
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Calgary Flames||25|||
|Teppo Numminen||Arizona Coyotes||27||January 30, 2010|||
|Bob Plager||St. Louis Blues||5|||
|Jeremy Roenick||Arizona Coyotes||97||February 11, 2012|||
|Thomas Steen||Arizona Coyotes||25||January 21, 2006|||
|Keith Tkachuk||Arizona Coyotes||7||December 23, 2011|||
|Keith Tkachuk||St. Louis Blues||7||March 7, 2011|||
|Garry Unger||St. Louis Blues||7||March 7, 2011|||
|Doug Wickenheiser||St. Louis Blues||14|||
Former retired numbersEdit
It is very rare for a team to reissue a retired number, and usually requires a special circumstance, such as a number being requested for a family member (such as Bobby Hull asking the Phoenix Coyotes to allow his son Brett to wear Bobby's number 9), or the player for whom the number was retired coming out of retirement himself (such as Mario Lemieux).
In cases of franchise relocation, the handling of existing retired numbers is at the discretion of team management. They may decide to continue honouring the retired numbers, such as the Dallas Stars and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, or they may choose to make a "fresh start" and reissue the numbers, as the Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes have done.
The Hurricanes have an unusual exception with regards to Gordie Howe's number 9. While the Hurricanes have not made any formal recognition of the Hartford Whalers' retirement of the number, they have kept the number out of circulation since their 1997 relocation.
|Michel Goulet||Quebec Nordiques||16||March 16, 1995|
|Gordie Howe||Hartford Whalers||9||February 18, 1981|
|Bobby Hull||Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)||9||February 19, 1989|||
|Rick Ley||Hartford Whalers||2||December 26, 1982|
|John McKenzie||Hartford Whalers||19||1979|
|Peter Šťastný||Quebec Nordiques||26||February 26, 1996|
|Thomas Steen||Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)||25||May 6, 1995|||
|Marc Tardif||Quebec Nordiques||8||November 1, 1983|
|J. C. Tremblay||Quebec Nordiques||3||October 28, 1979|
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