Monday, January 12, 2009

Retired Numbers

Fans in the Princeton area may have seen the news that former Princeton men's hockey player Scott Bertoli will have his number retired by the Trenton Devils in a ceremony on February 21. Bertoli, a 1999 Princeton graduate, was a member of Princeton's first ECAC Championship team in 1998.

Shortly after his senior season ended Bertoli began his professional career with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL. Bertoli's career last eight seasons, most of which was spent with the Titans. He retired following the 2006-07 season as Trenton's all-time leader goals (182), assists (344), and points (526).

The announcement of the retirement of Bertoli's #19 got TigerBlog thinking about retired numbers. Frequent visitors to TigerBlog and its big brother know that Princeton retired the #42 in honor of Bill Bradley and Dick Kazmaier in the fall. But what other Princeton athletes have had their number retired by a professional team? In a sense the question has already been answered. The #24 that Bill Bradley wore with the New York Knicks was retired and now hangs from the rafters of Madison Square Garden.

As a completely unrelated aside, Bertoli is the only Princeton athlete TigerBlog knows of that has had his likeness emblazoned on a bobblehead.

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