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by George Malik on 01/11/07 at 04:36 PM ET
from the Edmonton Sun:
Longer isn’t necessarily better.
That’s especially true when you’re talking about jersey retirement ceremonies, and the Edmonton Oilers know that better than anybody.
They’ve got lifting linen to the rafters, and doing a classy job of it, down to a science.
That’s why fans, mercifully, can expect nothing longer than a 35-minute pre-game ceremony when the Oilers retire Mark Messier’s No. 11 jersey at Rexall Place Feb. 27.
The Oilers are downright smarmy about the fact that other teams take “overly long” periods of time to honour their retired players’ numbers, but the simple delay between a player like Messier leaving the Oilers and his retirement makes a shorter ceremony much more acceptable.
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