The Swedish hockey federation suggested today that Peter Forsbergs jersey, #21, along with Mats Sundins #13, should be hoisted to the roof. A tradition very foreign in Swedish hockey and would be a first.
So, what does the hockeyfans on these boards think about the idea?
Would be silly to start now. Old-timers like Tumba didn't have his jersey retired, so..
Nor did they hoist Salmings jersey.. besides I think it's a bad idea to uplift players to a near-mythological status by doing stuff like this. Acknowledge Forsberg (and by all means, Sundin, Lidström etc too) for his contributions to swedish hockey but let it end there.
#21 got a history and it seems to be more #21 to follow. I rather let players continue to honour the number the informal way by picking it as their own number. It is the number in Sweden, I think a formal thing about #21 would take away from the number.
Nope, we shouldn't start now if we haven't done it before. That said, I do think players themselves should be "careful" and show respect should they want to pick up number 21. If your regular number is 12 or something and you can't have it in a tournament, avoid 21, that's my take on it.