Mel Pearson makes a historic jersey number change

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on August 11th, 2017 at 12:32 PM

In the 95 year history of the program, no player has ever worn a number high than #39. 

Until now. 

The roster announcement today was wild seeing a #91 on a Michigan jersey. 

8 players will venture beyond #39. All but one of them are already on the roster and were apparently excited enough to want to leave their old numbers.

Here is the full roster.

# Player Pos. Ht/Wt Class
2 Luke Martin D 6-3/215 So.
4 Cutler Martin D 6-0/220 Sr.
5 Griffin Luce D 6-3/214 So.
8 Jack Becker F 6-3/195 Fr.
9 Josh Norris F 6-1/195 Fr.
10 Will Lockwood F 5-11/172 So.
11 Brendan Warren F 6-1/185 Jr.
12 Dakota Raabe F 5-9/155 Fr.
13 Jake Slaker F 5-10/184 So.
17 Tony Calderone F 6-0/200 Sr.
18 Adam Winborg F 6-2/200 So.
20 Cooper Marody F 6-0/190 Jr.
21 Michael Pastujov F 6-0/190 Fr.
22 Niko Porikos F/D 6-3/200 Sr.
25 Luke Morgan F 5-11/190 So.
28 Alex Roos F 5-9/175 5th
30 Hayden Lavigne G 6-3/200 So.
31 Chad Catt G 5-10/190 Jr.
33 Joseph Cecconi D 6-2/205 Jr.
43 Quinn Hughes D 5-9/175 Fr.
45 Jack LaFontaine G 6-3/197 So.
47 Christian Meike D 6-0/172 So.
61 James Sanchez F 6-1/184 So.
74 Nicholas Boka D 6-1/200 Jr.
88 Steven Merl F 6-4/207 So.
90 Dexter Dancs F 6-2/205 Sr.
91 Nick Pastujov F 6-0/202 So.

I think it's great and a great way to signify a new era.

A problem with just 1-39 is that Hockey's incredible history includes no numbers honored/retire.

You could have Al Renfrew, Red Berenson and Brendan Morrison honored with their own #9 banner. 



August 11th, 2017 at 1:23 PM ^

First Brian writes about Samuels today and gets me misty-eyed re-watching Denard.

Now I see #91 and the room gets dusty over the early 90's Red Wings. 

I don't usually follow hockey, but it's still powerful to see that number.  Is Nick Pastujov anywhere near that good, or is there another reason that's NOT invoking Federov?


Bando Calrissian

August 11th, 2017 at 1:28 PM ^

I'll say it: This was something that wasn't broken and didn't need fixing. 1-39 is the way it's always been, there are plenty of numbers to go around. Previous players bought into it as a cool element of the program's history, and as a long-time follower of this program, seeing a guy skate around in #91 at Yost is nothing that I see as awesome nor interesting.



August 11th, 2017 at 1:35 PM ^

Huh. That's definitely interesting, and in Michigan hockey terms quite a big change. I don't mind it, I guess--Mel is a new coach. It's not like they're changing the uniforms.

I do kinda wish guys had kept their old numbers, but I wasn't that familiar with them anyway so it's no big deal to me.


August 11th, 2017 at 2:05 PM ^

Had this conversation with my dad I came up with 4 numbers. Who am I missing?

9 Al Renfrew

9 Gordon Berenson

9 Brendan Morrison

11 Kevin Porter

31 Steve Shields

35 Marty Turco


August 11th, 2017 at 2:17 PM ^

That's 4 numbers. 

You're missing Vic Heyliger, but (like Ty Cobb with the Tigers or Willie Heston with the football team) there's no number to retire for him.  You could maybe make a case for 12-Dave Debol or 10-Denny Felsner, and there is no way that I would include Steve Shields with those other 5.  He was great, but not "retired number" great.

You might also want to consider #17 Wally Grant.