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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Canadiens to Retire Numbers of Dryden, Savard

From the Canadian Press &

Wed, 20 Sep 2006

Two of the greatest Montreal Canadiens will have their jerseys retired by the NHL club this season.

On Wednesday, the Canadiens announced that it would raise the sweaters of Serge Savard and Ken Dryden during separate ceremonies at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Savard's No. 18 will be retired prior to the Canadiens' home game on Nov. 18 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Dryden's No. 29 will be raised to the rafters on Jan. 29 before a game against the Ottawa Senators.

Dryden and Savard will be the 11th and 12th players to have their numbers retired by the Canadiens.

The others are: Jacques Plante (1); Doug Harvey (2); Jean Beliveau (4); Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion (5); Howie Morenz (7); Maurice (Rocket) Richard (9); Guy Lafleur (10); Yvon Cournoyer and Dickie Moore (12); and Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard (16).

The Canadiens anounced last season they would retire numbers annually until the team's 100th anniversary in 2009. Last season, Geoffrion, Moore and Cournoyer had their numbers retired.

Others expected to go in coming years include Robinson's No. 19 and the No. 33 of Patrick Roy.


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