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by George Malik on 07/09/11 at 01:01 PM ET
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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