When he first arrived, Bowman asked him why he chose #96 and he said "Because thats the year I enterred the league", to which Bowman replied "Well why don't you get #98 for the year you're out of the league?"
Interesting quote as Holmer was #15 when he first arrived. He gave up the number in 98 when the Wings acquired Mironov. Bowman was here when Holmer was wearing #15. I think the "[w]hen he first arrived" might be in error.