In Edmonton, he wore No. 4, the same number he wore in junior with the Windsor Spitfires, and all the way back to his days in minor hockey.
But Taylor Hall can’t wear No. 4 for the Devils, because that’s the number Scott Stevens wore, and it’s been retired.
So he’s chosen No. 9, another number with history in New Jersey. It’s the same number former captains Kirk Muller and Zach Parise wore.
“In choosing No. 9, I’m looking for a fresh start,” Hall told the club’s website. “There have been a lot of great players that have worn the No. 9 and I want to add to that list.”
In reality, it doesn’t really matter what number Hall wears, as long as he puts the puck in the net and the team has success. His main motivation is to prove that the Devils made the right move in trading for him, after all those losing years with the Oilers.
For the record, Hall couldn’t have worn No. 9 in Edmonton, because that’s Glenn Anderson’s old number, and the Oilers retired it in 2009.