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Nail Yakupov opts to wear No. 64

Aug 20, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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It’s common for professional athletes to bribe their teammates into giving them their preferred jersey numbers, but that’s not as easy with a rookie maximum.

Jim Matheson reports that Nail Yakupov will wear No. 64 instead of bickering with incumbent Edmonton Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff for No. 10.

(Six plus four equals 10, you see?)

Some Oilers fans might shudder at a prominent No. 1 pick wearing No. 64 considering Jason Bonsignore’s disappointing career.

Then again, a Twitter follower points out an interesting nickname idea to PHT’s own Joe Yerdon:

N64 does have a pretty good ring to it.

Wild guess: Yakupov has a better chance of being familiar with the system that brought us “Goldeneye” than Bonsignore’s time with the Oil.

  1. danphipps01 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    My brilliant scheme to get the Oil to trade for Mike Commodore lasted about six seconds before I realized why it wouldn’t work. Such a shame.

  2. bcjim - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Why do nhlers pick the worst numbers??


    • kingfooj - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      not necessarily, ofcourse theres always gonna be the traditional “D wears single digits” and “goalies wear 1 or thirty something” rules but there are aesthetically pleasing higher numbers

      That said, 64 does sound like a camp number, but Im not gonna lie, love the nickname

    • tmoore4075 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Gretzky 99. Fedorov 91. Lemieux 66

      • withseidelinn - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Malkin 71, Crosby 87, Kessel 81, Tavares 91, Stamkos 91, etc.

      • desertfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM



      • bcjim - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        90s have some charm.

        60s/50s/70s yuck…fat kid on the football team, soon to be cut numbers.

        80s not great either for hockey.

        40s and below…fine

        Just personal preference I realize but literally 64 would be the last number I would pick for myself, given a choice, in any sport.

        Some numbers are just inherently lame. 64 is one of them.

  3. aesophy - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    Mikael Granlund will probably be wearing 64 as well.

  4. smgraff4 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    When I see N64, I have to think Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin have a bunch of N64 lines lined up for him. They’d also have those lines for Mikael Granlund if he wears #64, with even more emphasis on Mario Kart. It’s probably the only broadcasting pair in ice hockey that is looney enough to think of such lines, then again that’s why us Caps fans love them. (It’s like watching a bunch of soccer matches broadcasted by Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson, except with hockey lingo.)

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    This is a good decision, Horcoff has been in Edmonton since 2000-01, he’s established himself as number 10 over that career, there’s no need for a rookie to come in and rock the boat trying to get a number from a player who’s worn it since you were 6. Take another number and then if you’re so inclined change it to number 10 when Horcoff’s days with the Oilers are over.

  6. Vintage Hockey Barn - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Enough talk about Nail Yakupov

  7. phillyphan83 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    speaking of goldeneye, can we PLLEEEAAASSEEE get a remake?!?!?!?

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