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03-23-2013, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
Whalers retired #2 Rick Ley, #9 Gordie Howe, and #19 John "Pie" McKenzie.

#9 stayed retired. #2 went back into circulation and was recently retired (Glen Wesley). Jiri Tlusty currently wears #19

#5 (Samuelsson), #10 (Francis), and #11 (Dineen) were all retired by Hartford sometime in the last decade, Francis's #10 was likewise retired by the Canes organization and IIRC the Canes retirement came first.

You got a couple things wrong here: Ley and Johnnie Pie's numbers (2 and 19) were returned into action,they did not follow the move to Carolina. Not even Gordie Howe's number followed the move down south but they kept it "unofficially" retired.

Samuelsson, Francis and Dineen being retired by Hartford is silly, it was done after the fact and in 2006. I am not even sure the Mall is still there.

On a side note Johnie Pie didn't play for the Hartford Whalers, the whole thing was staged to garner in Boston Bruins fans when the Whale went from the WHA to the NHL.

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