As far as the records go, per hockey-reference.com, Boston Bruins players have worn 80 different uniform numbers in the club’s 88-year history. Of those numbers, 10 will never again be worn on the opposite side of a spoked-B.
In case the summer has left anyone rusty in the way of history scholarship, the retired jerseys include Eddie Shore (2), Lionel Hitchman (3), Bobby Orr (4), Dit Clapper (5), Phil Esposito (7), Cam Neely (8), Johnny Bucyk (9), Milt Schmidt (15), Terry O’Reilly (24) and Ray Bourque (77).
At least one or two players who delivered the franchise’s sixth Stanley Cup 14 months ago are all but bound to join that club once they have closed out their career. Although, there is no need to rule out every other former Bruin’s chances of garnering the same honor in the interim.
A legitimate case can be made for about a handful of the following, while the rest can at least lend a fun element of trivia to chew on while one waits the offseason out.
Here now is the quintessence of each number ever worn by a Bruin that has yet to be perched on the ceiling at TD Garden.