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Report: Flyers will retire Mark Howe’s jersey

Nov 19, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

2011 Hockey Hall Of Fame Induction Getty Images’s Tim Panaccio reports that the Philadelphia Flyers will retire Mark Howe’s No. 2 jersey when the team faces the Detroit Red Wings on March 6. This comes shortly after Flyers chairman Ed Snider essentially said that if Howe was good enough to make the Hockey Hall of Fame, then it only makes sense that his number should be retired.

Howe spent 10 seasons on the Flyers’ blueline, playing well enough that Panaccio deems him the “best two-way defenseman” in franchise history. Howe was nominated for the Norris Trophy times in his career, managing to make a name for himself despite the considerable shadow cast by his father Gordie.

If that report holds true, Howe will join Bernie Parent (No. 1), Barry Ashbee (4), Bill Barber (7) and Bobby Clarke (16) as the only Flyers who have received such an honor.

  1. areyesrn - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    well deserved. should’ve been retired already

  2. jmbates10 - Nov 20, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Very well deserved. He was a great player in his own right and many forget that before moving to defense he was a terrorizing left wing……scored 42 goals one year. A very versatile player……..and an even nicer person. Congrats to Mark

  3. scottrathburn - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Enjoyed meeting Mark back in 2009, well deserved honor!

  4. seaner44 - Nov 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Honor the jersey. Dont retire it.

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