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Why Bryan Trottier Chose #19

from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,

“Number 19 was the lowest number of the jerseys was left,” Trottier said. “The other numbers were very high. They were up in the high twenties and thirties. I always thought to myself 19 was right because I was 19-years-old at the time and it just kind of seemed kind of appropriate.”...

Consequently, Trottier only realized the number 19 was more appropriate and fitting after the fact because he started to realize all of the talented players with whom he shared his number.

“I tried to think of all the great players who wore number 19, like Paul Henderson who scored the biggest goal in Canadian history to beat the Russians,” Trottier said. “That was kind of cool for me. I was like, ‘yeah, all right! Number 19 has significance for me there.’”

“And you look and you say to yourself, ‘Well, (John) Pie McKenzie of the Boston Bruins wears sweater number 19,’ and I loved the Bruins in the early ‘70s,” Trottier continued. “So just thinking of all the different 19’s like Jean Ratelle and those players that played in the league for a long time that were identified by their numbers. That was very, very cool.”

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Lindas1st's avatar

#19

Ratelle
Trottier
Yzerman
Sakic
Naslund
Doan
Daigle wink
Thornton
Backstrom
Toews

The number has definitely become a prestigious one.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 08/19/10 at 12:15 PM ET

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Yzerman once said he took #19 because Trottier was his favorite player.

Sakic began his career wearing #88 & was encouraged by his coach (I believe it was Michel Bergeron) to make the switch to #19.

Posted by mc keeper on 08/19/10 at 03:59 PM ET

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It turned out great for me that my favorite player of all time took the sweater number that I had been already wearing. Since the 9 is now all but extinct, 19 may be the next to go.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/19/10 at 11:02 PM ET

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Add Larry Robinson to the list of 19s as well.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/19/10 at 11:03 PM ET

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