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Report: Flyers will retire Mark Howe’s jersey

2011 Hockey Hall Of Fame Induction

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14: 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe takes part in a photo opportunity at the Hockey Hall Of Fame on November 14, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruce Bennett’s Tim Panaccio reports that the Philadelphia Flyers will retire Mark Howe’s No. 2 jersey when the team faces the Detroit Red Wings on March 6. This comes shortly after Flyers chairman Ed Snider essentially said that if Howe was good enough to make the Hockey Hall of Fame, then it only makes sense that his number should be retired.

Howe spent 10 seasons on the Flyers’ blueline, playing well enough that Panaccio deems him the “best two-way defenseman” in franchise history. Howe was nominated for the Norris Trophy times in his career, managing to make a name for himself despite the considerable shadow cast by his father Gordie.

If that report holds true, Howe will join Bernie Parent (No. 1), Barry Ashbee (4), Bill Barber (7) and Bobby Clarke (16) as the only Flyers who have received such an honor.