God bless his soul.
Michigan Hockey Great John Matchefts Has Died
Why doesn't Michigan honor jerseys like basketball? I'm sure his would be up there with Wally Grant, Mel Wakabayashi, Red Berenson, Brendan Morrison, Marty Turco etc.
And they only give out jerseys #1-39. Nothing higher.
The answer to both questions is Red doesn't want to. And there really isn't any need to change it.
In a TMD article on the connection between St. Michael's pipeline to Michigan Hockey, it was said that Red offered 66 to Lindros when he was recruiting him. Got him to commit but he went pro instead.
Eric Lindros was going to play for Michigan because he did not want to play for Sault Ste. Marie, who drafted him 1st overall in the OHL Priority draft.
At that time the CHL did not allow teams to trade their 1st round picks, until Lindros refused to play. The rule was changed that year and he was traded to Oshawa. Just another reason for us to dislike the CHL.
I initally read this as Michigan Hockey Great John machetes his dad... I need coffee