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02-02-2010, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyHigh View Post
The Cup is a team accomplishment.

Retiring a number is a special way to recognize an individual's contribution.
Yes, but winning a Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for any individual playing the game in the first place. No matter how much you have contributed to the team, if you didn't get the silver bowl, you didn't accomplish your ultimate goal. He had a great career and was a great player, no doubt. But getting your number retired by this team comes with specific requirements, one of which he didn't meet. I'm sure Howe is okay with not having his number retired, as it is what the franchise has decided the requirements are.

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