In this week's installment of 30 Second Timeout we asked the following question: Islanders 1st Round Pick Josh Ho Sang wears number 66 with the Windsor Spitfires and he wore the number at the recent player development camp. That number has only been worn in three NHL games since Mario Lemieux left the game. Should Ho Sang wear 66 or pick a new number?
Stoney Point - July 15, 2014 - In this week's installment of 30 Second Timeout we asked the following question: Islanders 1st Round Pick Josh Ho Sang wears number 66 with the Windsor Spitfires and he wore the number at the recent player development camp. That number has only been worn in three NHL games since Mario Lemieux left the game. Should Ho Sang wear 66 or pick a new number?
Beer League Hero - Mario Lemieux was my favorite player growing up and there will only be one 66 ever. He shouldn't wear it because he just puts himself in the position to look like a clown if he doesn't live up to the perceived expectations of a player wearing that number in the NHL. If he is planning on wearing it, he should at least have the decency to call Lemieux up and get his blessing.
Phillip Blancher - As great of a player Mario Lemieux was, he is no Wayne Gretzky. #99 was the only jersey retired league-wide by the NHL, so #66 is fair game for the next generation of players.
Tim Cornett - - I have absolutely no issue if Ho-Sang wants to wear number 66 in the NHL. He has worn it as a Spitfire and he wasn’t even born when Lemieux was in his heyday. Not really even sure if he wears it to honour Super Mario. When I played I wore number 1 because of Jacques Plante. Not many people (ok, nobody) ever compared me to Plante. Let him wear it if he wants to. TC out.
Shaun Maddex - He should be able to wear it. The only one should be 99. Otherwise we have to get into a discussion about 4, 9, 19 and then it's like where does it stop? What's the cutoff for league wide retirement of a number? It's 99. No need for more.
Chris Ostander - Given his confidence and skill level I don't see an issue with it one bit. I wouldn't be surprised if he has to "earn it" first. Perhaps we see him wearing 66 in a year or two.
Chris Savard - I think the reason that number 66 has only been worn in three games since Mario retired is because players feel that they cant live up to the expectation that surrounds that number. Most players either don’t have the self confidence or ego to venture down that road. In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Ho Sang was quoted as saying, “If I was a general manager and had first pick in the draft, I’d pick me No. 1 ... In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft.” Clearly, he is a skilled and confident kid and I think if anyone can be the next 66, why not him!
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