Is 99 retired in all sports?

Is 99 retired in all sports?

Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired by the NHL in 2000; his former clubs, the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings, both retired his number. Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings' Wayne Gretzky (also retired league-wide) Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche's Ray Bourque (also retired league-wide)

Gretzky was born on January 4th, 1961. He played 1,903 games over 16 seasons, scoring 894 goals while providing 1,095 assists for 1999 dollars. The last season of his career was 1998-1999, when he recorded 92 points (30 goals, 62 assists) in 76 games. He ended his career with a nosedive, playing only 10 playoff games before retiring.

At the time of his retirement, Gretzky was the all-time leader in goals, assists, and points by a player who had not yet turned 30 years old. He remains so today.

Gretzky was selected first overall by the New York Rangers in the 1979 NHL Amateur Draft. He went on to become one of the most successful players in NHL history, winning four Stanley Cups with three different teams (Edmonton, Los Angeles, and St. Louis). He also is the only player to have won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer each year from 1980 to 1989.

Who is number 99 in the NHL's retired?

Since goalie Pelle Lindbergh's untimely death in 1985, the Philadelphia Flyers have also informally retired number 31 in his honor. Wayne Gretzky's number 99 has been retired by the NHL, although the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings have retired it individually. The only other player to have his number retired by an NHL team is Guy Lafleur, who had his number 10 retired by the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1999, the Canadiens also announced that they would not renew the license for any more numbers after that year. Thus, no one will be able to wear Lafleur's former number during the upcoming season.

Lafleur was the first player to have his number retired by an NHL team. He spent all nine of his seasons with the Canadiens, winning the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1987-88. After leaving Montreal as a free agent in 1996, he returned for one final season with the team before embarking on a career in France. During that time, he won two more Trophies with the New York Rangers and one with the Dallas Stars.

It is worth mentioning that no one has ever used number 10 while he was alive. It is therefore possible that someone could still use it after Lafleur's death. However, since no one has done so yet, we can assume that it has been removed from circulation.

Who wore 99 in hockey?

Gretzky, Wayne Retired phone numbers

Wayne GretzkyEdmonton Oilers99
Wayne GretzkyLos Angeles Kings99
Vic HadfieldNew York Rangers11
Glenn HallChicago Blackhawks1

Why is the number 99 retired in hockey?

Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 has been retired across the NHL, making it impossible for anybody to wear it in honor of the game's most recognizable player and unquestionably one of its finest. Gretzky is the only player with that distinction, but if he had his way, he'd have some company.

Gretzky retired the number on April 16, 1999. The last time it was worn was by New York Ranger Mark Messier that night during an opening night ceremony before a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Before then, it had been worn by several other great players including Paul Henderson (who wore it before being traded by the Edmonton Oilers), Peter Zezel (who played two games with the Los Angeles Kings in 1979-80), and Brett Hull (the first overall pick in the 1989 NHL Draft).

Gretzky explained his decision by saying "I would like to thank the people that have supported me throughout my career. I will always love this game but it's time for someone new." He went on to say that he hoped that nobody would have to retire his number, but because he had already done so himself, it was impossible for him to give it up.

The number retirement was met with an outcry from fans across Canada who felt that Gretzky was ignoring another important reason for retiring numbers: tradition.

Who was the last NHL player to wear number 99?

Rick Dudley was claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets during the 1980-81 season and played the last 30 games of the season while wearing # 99. Other than Wayne Gretzky, Wilf Paiement was the last player to wear the number 99. Paiement was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time.

Paiement was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks in the third round of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft but never played for them due to being traded to the Maple Leafs. He spent one season with the Maple Leafs before moving on to the New York Islanders where he ended his career.

Number 99 has been worn by several players over the years including Bill Masterton, Paul Henderson, Mark Messier, and Steve Yzerman. The last player to wear it before Gretzky was Wilf Paiement.

Gretzky became the first player to wear number 100 in an Edmonton Oilers game on October 6, 1983. The team had no problems finding players willing to wear the number; in fact, they gave it out to more than one hundred candidates before making their selection.

Number 100 has been worn by many great players including Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur, Peter Stastny, and Alexander Mogilny. The only person to have two numbers be retired by the Oilers is Wayne Gretzky with numbers 99 and 100 being retired together.

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