Yeah, but then we wouldn't have the great story about what Scotty said to him about the number 96.
..It's a great number, not like it's an odd ball one...I remember Holmstrom wearing it and IMO, he should have kept it. Looked and still looks much better than 96...maybe 15 is reserved for the call-up position and only used until the player chooses another number...
Former Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman once asked Tomas Holmstrom why he chose to wear No. 96.
“That's the year I came here from Sweden,'' Holmstrom said.
“We'll, you should have picked 98,'' Bowman told him, “because that's the year you're going back.''
Bowman loved to needle Holmstrom, but he could take it.