It was reported yesterday by CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that HHOFer Mark Howe will have his #2 jersey retired by the Flyers. It will be retired during the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Flyers on March 6th. Having this ceremony vs the Red Wings, by the way, is a great class move, as he spent his final 3 season with them. I sure gained a lot of respect for the Hurricanes organization when they retired Brind’Amour during the game between them and the Flyers.
During the 10 seasons with Philadelphia from 1982-’92, he was known to be a superb two-way defenseman. He holds the franchise record for most points in a season by a defenseman with 82 (24 goals) earned during the 1985-86 season in which he also finished with a +85 rating. Yes, you read that right. A plus 85. He was also a three time Norris Trophy finalist in an era which was dominated by offensive-defenseman such as Paul Coffey and Ray Bourque.
Howe was inducted to the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2001 and the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. It was on Monday though when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame that it became almost certain he would have his number retired.
“We think very carefully about the numbers we retire,” Snider said on Monday. “I don’t want to say one thing one way or another, but I feel that anybody who was in the Hall of Fame that was a Philadelphia Flyer, their number should be retired.”
Mark Howe will become the 5th Flyers player to have his number retired. He will join Bernie Parent’s (1), Bobby Clarke’s (16), Bill Barber’s (7) and Barry Ashbee’s (4) banners up in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center.
“In 1982, Ed Snider, Keith Allen and Bob McCammon brought me to Philadelphia. From the beginning, it was as if I was born to be a Flyer. And although I wanted to slash him a few times, I want to thank Mike Keenan for helping me to raise my bar. There were many character players who contributed so much to this day. Brian Propp, Dave Poulin, Hexy, Toch, Ronnie Sutter, Dave Brown and so many others. I want to give special thanks to my defense partners Glenn Cochrane, Kjell Samuelsson, and my dear friend Brad McCrimmon. The Orange and Black will be a part of me forever.”
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