This is a complete list of numbers retired by the National Hockey League (NHL). A retired number is a jersey number that is taken out of circulation by a team as a way of honouring a former member of that team who wore that number; after the number's retirement, members of that team are not permitted to wear the number on their jerseys unless by permission of the original number holder.

The first team to retire a number was the Toronto Maple Leafs, which retired Ace Bailey's number 6 on February 14, 1934, prior to an All-Star game organized in his honour.

Currently in the NHL, there are 128 retired numbers, 7 former retirements, and 23 honoured numbers. Most of the numbers retired by the Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques were put back in circulation when those franchises relocated and became the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche, respectively, although the Hurricanes keep Gordie Howe's number 9 unofficially retired. The Minnesota North Stars' two retired numbers were carried over when that franchise relocated to become the Dallas Stars, and remain retired today. The Arizona Coyotes had a policy of retaining the numbers retired when the franchise was the Winnipeg Jets but reversed it after the Phoenix Coyotes were sold and became the Arizona Coyotes. Honoured numbers are similar to retired numbers, except that they remain available for use by other players. Presently, only the Calgary Flames, and the St. Louis Blues employ this designation. The Philadelphia Flyers have also unofficially retired number 31 in honour of goaltender Pelle Lindbergh since his death in 1985. Wayne Gretzky's number 99 has been retired league-wide in 2000,[1] although the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings separately retired Gretzky's number.

Upon joining the league in 2000, the Minnesota Wild had a ceremony retiring number 1 from circulation as a tribute to their fans.

Twelve numbers have been retired by a team in honour of two different players: number 12 by the Montreal Canadiens for Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, number 16 by the Montreal Canadiens for Elmer Lach and Henri Richard, number 3 by the Chicago Blackhawks for Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson, number 5 by the Canadiens for Bernie Geoffrion and Guy Lapointe, number 9 by the New York Rangers for Andy Bathgate and Adam Graves, number 1 by the Toronto Maple Leafs for Johnny Bower and Turk Broda, number 4 by the Maple Leafs for Hap Day and Red Kelly, number 7 by the Maple Leafs for King Clancy and Tim Horton, number 9 by the Maple Leafs for Charlie Conacher and Ted Kennedy, number 10 by the Maple Leafs for Syl Apps and George Armstrong, and number 27 by the Maple Leafs for Frank Mahovlich and Darryl Sittler, and number 11 by the Rangers for Vic Hadfield and Mark Messier.

Only nine players have had their number retired by two different NHL teams:

Retired numbers[edit | edit source]

Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Number retired league-wide
Never played for that particular franchise
Number retired by a team for multiple players

Italics denote numbers that will be retired during the 2018–19 NHL season.

Name Team No. Date Ref
Abel, SidSid Abel , Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings 12 01995-04-29 April 29, 1995
Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson , Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators 11 02016-12-29 December 29, 2016 [2]
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson , Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers 9 02009-01-18 January 18, 2009 [3]
Apps, SylSyl Apps , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 10 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 10 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Ashbee, BarryBarry Ashbee , Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 4 01977-10-13 October 13, 1977 [5][6]
Bailey, AceAce Bailey , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 6 01934-02-14 February 14, 1934 [4]
Barber, BillBill Barber , Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 7 01990-10-11 October 11, 1990 [7]
Barilko, BillBill Barilko , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 5 01992-10-17 October 17, 1992 [4]
Bathgate, AndyAndy Bathgate , New York RangersNew York Rangers 9 02009-02-22 February 22, 2009 [8]
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 4 01971-10-09 October 9, 1971 [9]
Blake, RobRob Blake , Los Angeles KingsLos Angeles Kings 4 02015-01-17 January 17, 2015 [10]
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy , New York IslandersNew York Islanders 22 01992-03-03 March 3, 1992 [11]
Bouchard, EmileEmile Bouchard , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 3 02009-12-04 December 4, 2009 [9]
Bourque, RayRay Bourque , Boston BruinsBoston Bruins 77 02001-10-04 October 4, 2001 [12]
Bourque, RayRay Bourque , Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche 77 02001-11-24 November 24, 2001 [13]
Bower, JohnnyJohnny Bower , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 1 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Briere, MichelMichel Briere , Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins 21 02001-01-05 January 5, 2001 [14]
Brind'Amour, RodRod Brind'Amour , Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes 17 02011-02-18 February 18, 2011 [15]
Broda, TurkTurk Broda , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 1 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur , New Jersey DevilsNew Jersey Devils 30 02016-02-09 February 9, 2016 [16]
Broten, NealNeal Broten , Dallas StarsDallas Stars 7 01998-02-07 February 7, 1998 [17]
Bucyk, JohnnyJohnny Bucyk , Boston BruinsBoston Bruins 9 01980-03-13 March 13, 1980 [18]
Bure, PavelPavel Bure , Vancouver CanucksVancouver Canucks 10 02013-11-02 November 2, 2013 [19]
Clancy, KingKing Clancy , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 7 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Clapper, DitDit Clapper , Boston BruinsBoston Bruins 5 01947-02-12 February 12, 1947 [20]
Clark, WendelWendel Clark , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 17 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke , Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 16 01984-11-15 November 15, 1984 [7][21]
Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey , Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers 7 02005-10-18 October 18, 2005 [22]
Conacher, CharlieCharlie Conacher , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 9 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Cournoyer, YvanYvan Cournoyer , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 12 02005-11-12 November 12, 2005 [9]
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko , New Jersey DevilsNew Jersey Devils 3 02006-03-24 March 24, 2006 [23]
Day, HapHap Day , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 4 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Delvecchio, AlexAlex Delvecchio , Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings 10 01991-11-10 November 10, 1991
Dionne, MarcelMarcel Dionne , Los Angeles KingsLos Angeles Kings 16 01990-11-08 November 8, 1990 [24]
Doan, ShaneShane Doan , Arizona CoyotesArizona Coyotes 19 02019-02-24 February 24, 2019 [25]
Dryden, KenKen Dryden , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 29 02007-01-29 January 29, 2007 [9]
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias , New Jersey DevilsNew Jersey Devils 26 02018-02-24 February 24, 2018 [26]
Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito , Boston BruinsBoston Bruins 7 01987-12-03 December 3, 1987 [20]
Esposito, TonyTony Esposito , Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks 35 01988-11-20 November 20, 1988 [27]
Federko, BernieBernie Federko , St. Louis BluesSt. Louis Blues 24 01991-03-16 March 16, 1991 [28]
Finnigan, FrankFrank Finnigan

[Notes 1]

, Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators 8 01992-10-08 October 8, 1992 [29]
Foote, AdamAdam Foote , Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche 52 02013-11-02 November 2, 2013 [30]
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg , Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche 21 02011-10-08 October 8, 2011 [31]
Francis, RonRon Francis , Carolina HurricanesCarolina Hurricanes 10 02006-01-28 January 28, 2006 [32]
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr , Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers 31 02003-10-09 October 9, 2003 [33]
Gainey, BobBob Gainey , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 23 02008-02-23 February 23, 2008 [9]
Gare, DannyDanny Gare , Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres 18 02005-11-22 November 22, 2005 [34]
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner , Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals 11 02008-12-28 December 28, 2008 [35]
Gassoff, BobBob Gassoff , St. Louis BluesSt. Louis Blues 3 01977-10-01 October 1, 1977 [28]
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 5 02006-03-11 March 11, 2006 [9]
Giacomin, EddieEddie Giacomin , New York RangersNew York Rangers 1 01989-03-15 March 15, 1989 [8]
Gilbert, RodRod Gilbert , New York RangersNew York Rangers 7 01979-10-14 October 14, 1979 [8]
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies , New York IslandersNew York Islanders 9 01996-12-07 December 7, 1996 [36]
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 93 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Goldsworthy, BillBill Goldsworthy , Minnesota North StarsMinnesota North Stars 8 01992-02-15 February 15, 1992 [17]
Graves, AdamAdam Graves , New York RangersNew York Rangers 9 02009-02-03 February 3, 2009 [37]
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky , Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers 99 01999-10-01 October 1, 1999 [38]
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky , Los Angeles KingsLos Angeles Kings 99 02002-10-09 October 9, 2002 [24]
Hadfield, VicVic Hadfield , New York RangersNew York Rangers 11 02018-12-02 December 2, 2018 [39]
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall , Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks 1 01988-11-20 November 20, 1988 [27]
Hamilton, AlAl Hamilton , Edmonton OilersEdmonton Oilers 3 01980-10-10 October 10, 1980 [38]
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey , Montreal CanadiensMontreal Canadiens 2 01985-10-26 October 26, 1985 [9]
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek , Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres 39 02015-01-13 January 13, 2015 [40]
Hejduk, MilanMilan Hejduk , Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche 23 02018-01-06 January 6, 2018 [41]
Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman , Boston BruinsBoston Bruins 3 01934-02-22 February 22, 1934 [20]
Horton, TimTim Horton , Buffalo SabresBuffalo Sabres 2 01996-01-05 January 5, 1996 [34]
Horton, TimTim Horton , Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs 7 02016-10-15 October 15, 2016 [4]
Howe, GordieGordie Howe , Detroit Red WingsDetroit Red Wings 9 01972-03-12 March 12, 1972
Howe, MarkMark Howe , Philadelphia FlyersPhiladelphia Flyers 2 02012-03-06 March 6, 2012 [42]
Howell, HarryHarry Howell , New York RangersNew York Rangers 3 02009-02-22 February 22, 2009 [8]
Huizenga, WayneWayne Huizenga

[Notes 2]

, Florida PanthersFlorida Panthers 37 02018-01-19 January 19, 2018 [43]
Hull, BobbyBobby Hull , Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks 9 01983-12-18 December 18, 1983 [27]
Hull, BrettBrett Hull , St. Louis BluesSt. Louis Blues 16 02006-12-05 December 5, 2006 [44]
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter , Washington CapitalsWashington Capitals 32 02000-03-11 March 11, 2000 [45]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 12 National Hockey League [46]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [47]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 4 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 4 National Hockey League [48]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 14 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 17 National Hockey League [38]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [45]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 10 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [34]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 5 National Hockey League [45]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 5 National Hockey League [49]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 4 National Hockey League [50]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [8]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 26 National Hockey League [17]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 66 National Hockey League [51]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 5 National Hockey League [52]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [19]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 88 National Hockey League [53]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [28]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 3 National Hockey League [27]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 27 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [34]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [17]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [54]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 11 National Hockey League [55]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 11 National Hockey League [55]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [56]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 21 National Hockey League [27]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 1 National Hockey League [57]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [58]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 12 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [19]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 27 National Hockey League [47]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 27 National Hockey League [59]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 8 National Hockey League [18]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 23 National Hockey League [36]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 24 National Hockey League [18]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 4 National Hockey League [20]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 1 National Hockey League [7]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 11 National Hockey League [34]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 3 National Hockey League [27]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 8 National Hockey League [28]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 5 National Hockey League [60]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 1 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 5 National Hockey League [36]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [61]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 35 National Hockey League [8]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 14 National Hockey League [34]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 20 National Hockey League [24]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 33 National Hockey League [62]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 33 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [63]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 21 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 18 National Hockey League [27]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 18 National Hockey League [9]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 1 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 15 National Hockey League [18]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 8 National Hockey League [64]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [20]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 27 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 31 National Hockey League [65]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 12 National Hockey League [66]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 26 National Hockey League [67]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 4 National Hockey League [68]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 13 National Hockey League [4]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 11 National Hockey League [28]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 18 National Hockey League [24]
National Hockey LeagueNational Hockey League National Hockey League 93 National Hockey League [69]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [36]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 30 National Hockey League [24]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 30 National Hockey League [54]
National Hockey LeagueNational Hockey League National Hockey League 58 National Hockey League [70]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [71]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 National Hockey League [72]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 99 National Hockey League [1]

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Unofficially retired numbers[edit | edit source]

These numbers are not considered officially retired, but have still been removed from circulation.

Name Team No. Date Ref
National Hockey League National Hockey League 6 National Hockey League [73]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 28 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 3 National Hockey League [74]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 14 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [74]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 31 National Hockey League [75]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 11 National Hockey League
National Hockey League National Hockey League 14 National Hockey League

Honoured numbers[edit | edit source]

Unlike the numbers retired by the Flames, these honoured numbers were not necessarily withdrawn from circulation. Some of the numbers honoured by the Blues remain in circulation, while others have been removed from circulation without being officially retired.

Name Team No. Date Ref
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [76]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 99 National Hockey League [77]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 10 National Hockey League [78][79]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [78][80]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [81]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [76]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 25 National Hockey League [82]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 27 National Hockey League [83]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 97 National Hockey League [83]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 25 National Hockey League [78]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [83]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [76]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 7 National Hockey League [76]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 14 [76]

National Hockey League

Former retired numbers[edit | edit source]

It is very rare for a team to reissue a retired number, and usually requires a special circumstance, such as a number being requested for a family member (such as Bobby Hull asking the Phoenix Coyotes to allow his son Brett to wear Bobby's number 9),[84] or the player for whom the number was retired coming out of retirement himself (such as Mario Lemieux).

In cases of franchise relocation, the handling of existing retired numbers is at the discretion of team management. They may decide to continue honouring the retired numbers, such as the Dallas Stars and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, or they may choose to make a "fresh start" and reissue the numbers, as the Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes have done.

The Hurricanes have an unusual exception with regards to Gordie Howe's number 9. While the Hurricanes have not made any formal recognition of the Hartford Whalers' retirement of the number, they have kept the number out of circulation since their 1997 relocation.[74]

The Red Wings and Larry Aurie's number 6 are also something of a unique situation, as the number was officially retired, then un-retired so that his cousin, Cummy Burton, could wear it, much as the Jets/Coyotes did for the Hulls. It was then re-retired until 2000, when the Red Wings ordered it removed from the NHL's Official Guide and Record Book. Despite the unretirement, number 6 is still not available to be worn in Detroit.

Name Team No. Date Ref
National Hockey League National Hockey League 6 National Hockey League [85]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 16 National Hockey League [86]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [74]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 9 National Hockey League [78][80]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 2 National Hockey League [74]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 19 1979 [74]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 26 National Hockey League [86]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 25 National Hockey League [78]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 8 National Hockey League [86]
National Hockey League National Hockey League 3 National Hockey League [86]

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