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It’s now in Mike Commodore’s hands as to whether the Red Wings defenseman will wear #64

After the morning session at today’s summer development camp wrapped up, the Free Press’s George Sipple asked if he could interview Wings equipment manager Paul Updated at 2:10 PM: Boyer about the groundswell of support (courtesy in no small part due to Puck Daddy) for Mike Commodore choosing to wear #64 for the Red Wings, and Boyer’s response was simple, as noted by the Wings’ Twitter account:

Equipment Manager Paul Boyer says that if @commie22 wants to wear 64, it’s all his.

Boyer said that the coolest accommodation he made for a player involved Brett Hull wearing #80 [edit: for a pre-season slate of games] when Herb Brooks passed away, but this is pretty darn close. And, sadly, Boyer has never played, “Law of the West,” so he’s not a Commodore 64 fan (the computer)...

Update: Here’s the Free Press’s George Sipple’s story:

It’s up to Mike Commodore whether he wants to wear the No. 64. Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said today that he plans to call Commodore to tell him he can be issued that jersey number if he wants to wear it for the upcoming season.

Ever since Commodore signed a one-year deal with the Wings on July 1, people have wondered whether he’d pay tribute to the iconic 1980s personal home computer, the Commodore 64. He’s never worn No.64 before with his previous five NHL teams.

But now the pressure is on. Commodore addressed the issue with a Twitter message Thursday: “For those asking, I have not decided what # I am wearing yet…but I am considering #64. Need to talk to equip manager…decide at camp.”

Boyer said there’s nothing preventing Commodore from taking the number if he wants it.

“I’ll call him him tomorrow and I’ll find out what his plans are,” Boyer said. “I just haven’t had a chance to make contact with many new players because I’ve been busy getting (prospects camp) set up. If he wants it it’s his. I think it’s a great idea.”

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MarkK's avatar

Just an awesome story

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 07/09/11 at 02:12 PM ET

journohoff's avatar

This is why social media is so cool sometimes. I’m really pulling for Commodore to don #64.

Also: Did Brett Hull play a game wearing #80? If so, are there photos anywhere?

Posted by journohoff from Detroit, MI on 07/09/11 at 02:20 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I’m cool with Commodore picking #64, but I’m also cool with him not wanting to pick the number.  I hope he decides that it’d be a good thing, but I could see where someone would be uncomfortable to make a silly joke out of their sweater like that (especially someone with Commodore’s personality).

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/09/11 at 02:23 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Fixed. Hull wore #80 for pre-season games.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/09/11 at 02:24 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’m with The Meal on this one.

I’m more than happy to bark and clap like a seal for Commodore actually going through with it, but I want him to want to do it rather than feel some sort of overwhelming obligation to put on the clown nose and get hit in the face with pies for our amusement.

Bottom line is I don’t like that he basically has to become the jerkhole for choosing not to wear #64 for whatever reason he might have (which is just as valid as anybody’s reason why he SHOULD be wearing it)

And don’t even try to pull the charity aspect either - If it’s such a good cause, all the people who pledged should be giving the money to them regardless of whether Commodore plays along.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/09/11 at 02:39 PM ET

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