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Did Mike Vernon ever wear #32 for Florida?

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02-26-2013, 10:04 PM
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Did Mike Vernon ever wear #32 for Florida?

Doing some sweater number research for my site, and I came across this:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/icetracker.htm?id=1999020526

Now, my belief is that Mike Vernon wore #29 during his stay with the Panthers. This suggests that (at least at that time) he was also wearing #32.

Does anyone remember this? (Better yet, have pictures?)

EDIT: for what it's worth, he's back to #29 on January 6.

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02-26-2013, 10:26 PM
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Doing some sweater number research for my site, and I came across this:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/icetracker.htm?id=1999020526

Now, my belief is that Mike Vernon wore #29 during his stay with the Panthers. This suggests that (at least at that time) he was also wearing #32.

Does anyone remember this? (Better yet, have pictures?)

EDIT: for what it's worth, he's back to #29 on January 6.
According to www.hockey-reference.com, Ryan Johnson also wore 29 that season, as well as #12 (also worn by Alex Hicks). Johnson was traded to Tampa Bay on March 14th of that season (Hicks would play 8 games that season, the first being on 3/21).

So at some point during the season, Johnson switched from 29 to 12, leaving 29 vacant for Vernon.

Also interesting is the apparent number swap of #16 and #26 between Ivan Novoseltsev and Ray Sheppard; likely Novoseltsev held 26 when Sheppard was acquired, and gave it up to the veteran.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/FLA/2000.html

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Hockey reference has him listed as having worn both numbers, and generally speaking, their pretty accurate. I found a few pictures with him in a #29 jersey, nothing in #32. Mightve' worn it in his first few starts or whatever, lost, felt it was unlucky, responsible. Best be getting rid of that kind of VooDoo. Clearly a Hexed number... the trade & availability of 29 a blessing.

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Ah, you guys are right - that's got to be it. Thanks!

I see that Johnson wore #29 in that game, so it's got to be that.

I'm sure that Vernon ultimately wanted #29.

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02-26-2013, 10:40 PM
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By the by, if you're ever looking to do player research on a game-level basis in the NHL, the NHL has boxscores on their site now back to (I think) 1987-88:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/scores.htm?date=02/25/2013

Just replace the "date=" with the date that you're looking for.

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