No more retired numbers for now

No more retired numbers for now

Posted by TimS on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 17:30
As I wrote earlier in the week, the Hawks retiring jersey No. 3 for Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson was long overdue. The question now is, who's next? I know a lot of you have been talking this back and forth the last few days, and Comcast ran a poll during Wednesday's telecast with the winner being Chris Chelios. Should the Hawks retire Cheli's No. 7? That's a tough one. First of all, did Chelios play here long enough? Maybe he did, but my answer would be no to retiring his jersey. Chelios was a great Hawk from1990 until 1999, but he asked to be traded because the Hawks were falling on hard times and wouldn't give him a new contract. When we think of Chris Chelios, do we think of him as a Blackhawk above anything else? I don't. He has now been with the Red Wings almost as long as he was with the Hawks. I'm tough when it comes to retiring numbers. You just don't put anyone up there forever. I would say no to Chelios. I might even lean more to retiring No. 24 for Doug Wilson or No. 28 for Steve Larmer ahead of Chelios. And what about those guys from way back, such as Bill Mosienko, Mush March, Doug Bentley, Earl Siebert and Charlie Gardiner? You can't forget about them. All but March are in the Hall of Fame. It was a club rule of the late Bill Wirtz that a player had to be a Hall of Famer to have his number retired. So March, Larmer and Wilson wouldn't qualify. Magnuson, of course, was a special circimstance, honored as much for what he did off the ice for the Hawks as on it. Those seven names hanging in the United Center rafters are pretty special. Why not just leave it this way for now and wait the more than two decades for when No. 19 and No. 88 go up together.
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