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10-19-2005, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by jiggs 10
It's probably been changed by now, but it was a rule throughout the 1950's through the 1970's. Even in the 1980's, it was followed fairly closely. But with all the retired numbers on the "left-over" 6 teams, I imagine the NHL let them have their way with numbers.

I refuse to call them "original 6" teams, since there were several other teams who were members of the NHL before 1943 (when it was pared down to only 6 teams).

I guess you would have to find an NHL rule book from somewhere in the 1960's-1979 era to see that rule. It has obviously been re-written today.
I've got a few of the older rulebooks at my house, so I'll check when I get back, but I'm 90% sure that it was never an official rule.

A lot of players in the timeframe you mentioned wore numbers outside the boundaries you specified. Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard both wore #9. Alex Delvecchio wore #10. Norm Ullman wore #7. J.C. Tremblay wore #21. Et cetera.

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