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The NHL’s only No. 69 is no more

Aug 7, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

While you couldn’t quite accuse Andrew Desjardins of being a big Doug Glatt fan, the only guy sporting the league’s most giggle-worthy number is changing things up next season.

Desjardins, who wore no. 69 the last two seasons in San Jose, is one of five Sharks sporting a new number next season. Desjardins will trade his 69 in for no. 10 next season.

Defenseman Jason Demers will wear 5 (was 60) while newly reacquired Brad Stuart will rock the same no. 7 he had in his first spin with the team. T.J. Galiardi will switch from 37 to 21 because the newest Shark, Adam Burish, will wear it. Burish sported 37 while with the Chicago Blackhawks.

For now, let’s all get our last chuckles out at seeing a hockey player sporting that number. As Jay Baruchel said in Goon, “It’s hilarious!

  1. shilo221 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    It truly is an end of an era. Thank god we still have Jerod Allen

  2. 19inarow - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Not having a #69 in the League because of its “giggleworthiness” is so childish. I always figured that was the reason. I was born that year and was always hoping someone would wear it. Too bad.

  3. ron05342 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    It’s because people are immature.

    One year, long ago, there was a 69-car pileup on (I believe) the grapevine (I-5) north of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times made one of the worst editing decisions ever in the history of journalism: they “upped” the car-damage number to 70, because supposedly they feared the backlash using the number 69 would cause.

    Journalism teachers still point to that decision as one of the most unethical decisions in the history of journalism. The L.A. Times has never lived it down.

    • ron05342 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Actually, it was on the Pomona Freeway at Claremont…here is the link. Back in 1972, wow. I guess it was a while ago.

      David Shaw was a writer specifically employed to critique the Journalism industry. It was pretty brave of the Times to let him critique his own newspaper…it was a first in those days. The story is from 1991.

  4. vshehane - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    I doubt the number 69 could do much damage the journalistic integrity of the Los Angeles Times.

  5. paperkid96 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Troy, Michigan…….

    I-75 Exit 69 is Big Beaver Rd.

    Now that’s giggle worthy.

  6. ndnut - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    You have to be making that up.-

  7. madman69 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    no he’s not-I get off there all the time!

    but in all seriouness…

    You can’t make this stuff up; being from Michigan does have it’s perks!

  8. madman69 - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    no he’s not-I get off there all the time!

    but in all seriousness…

    You can’t make this stuff up; being from Michigan does have it’s perks!

  9. axisofweasels - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    fear not, the columbus bjs is still giggle-worthy

  10. jacketsfan7 - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Axisofweasols I’m a jackets fan and truly no matter how bad they are they will always be better than YOU are

  11. nyrangersfan - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Jacketsfan, I’m sorry to hear that. By the way, did you get Nash’s thank you article?

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