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Flyers' Winning Numbers

Flyers are 4-0-1 when they retire a number.

Flyers' Winning Numbers

( AP Photo / Alex Brandon )
( AP Photo / Alex Brandon ) AP

The Flyers are now 4-0-1 in games when they retire a jersey number.

More interestingly, each of the first four times they retired a number (below), one of the team's active players in that game would eventually have his number retired. We'll see how that plays out.

Notable: Parent actually wore No. 1 for only about 60% of his regular season games with the Flyers. In his first stint with the club (1967-71), he wore No. 30. When he returned in 1973, backup goaltender Bobby Taylor was wearing No. 30 ... Clarke actually wore a different number for one game. On Feb. 27, 1981, his No. 16 jersey was stolen before a game in Winnipeg against the Jets, so he wore a No. 36.

Date Player No. Opponent Result   Played for Flyers
April 3, 1975 Barry Ashbee   4 New York Rangers T 1-1 Barber, Clarke, Parent  
Oct. 11, 1979 Bernie Parent     1 New York Islanders   W 5-2 Barber, Clarke
Nov. 15, 1984   Bobby Clarke 16 Hartford Whalers W 6-1 Howe
Oct. 11, 1990 Bill Barber   7 New Jersey Devils W 7-4 Howe
March 6, 2012 Mark Howe   2 Detroit Red Wings W 3-2
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