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Jeff Carter’s going to wear No. 77 in Los Angeles

Feb 24, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

Jeff Carter‘s first big decision as an LA King (well, first big decision that didn’t involve bottle service at the Spider Club) has been made official — he’s going to rock the double sevens.

From the Kings’ official Twitter feed:


It’s a rather curious decision. The No. 7 he wore in Columbus is already taken by Rob Scuderi, but No. 17 — the number Carter wore in Philadelphia, which was pretty much his entire NHL career — isn’t worn by any Kings player. Since Carter and Mike Richards are getting the band back together and all, you’d think he’d want his old jersey back. But no.

It should be noted that Carter wore No. 7 during his junior days in Sault Ste. Marie, but wasn’t able to wear it in Philly because it’d been retired (for Bill Barber.)

Carter will join some select company in wearing No. 77 for Los Angeles, a list that includes Paul Coffey, Ken Belanger, Garry Unger, Rob Cowie and Rod Buskas. Rod Buskas!

And for those of you asking — no, I have no idea why Carter didn’t just wear No. 77 as a Flyer. Maybe it’s because he was young and didn’t want the high number? Don’t really know. It’s not like the number had any huge significance in Philly — Paul Coffey wore it during his 12 minutes as a Flyer, as did Adam Oates, Chris Gratton and Alexei Zhitnik.

  1. govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Huh… I had no idea Coffey ever played for Philly, 12 minutes or not. Interesting.

    Maybe Carter is a big Pierre Turgeon or Ray Bourque fan?

  2. bigkniht37 - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    How convenient you forget to mention arguably the best player to wear #77, Raymond Bourque. But I guess those hacks listed (other than coffey) are more important to mention.

    • silversun60 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Do you mean where he was mentioning guys who played for the Kings who wore 77? Or where he was talking about guys on the Flyers who wore 77?

      I could have sworn bourque only played for the bruins and avs….

  3. kandh2004 - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    If they are the players who wore it (besides Coffee) than thank god he stayed away from it

  4. mrpickled - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM


  5. jagrbomb18 - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Carter 17 Richards 18 in Philly…so lame but I would assume that’s why…

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