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Only four players in Philadelphia Flyers history have ever had their jersey number retired by the team. And only one of them has been a defenseman. That one, of course, is the club's all-time leading scoring defenseman, Mark Howe.
Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1974, Howe didn't suit up for the Flyers until 1982, but once he did he was a threat to score each and every night.
In 10 seasons with the Orange and Black, the Detroit native recorded 138 goals, 342 assists and 480 points in 594 games.
A three-time All-Star while in Philly, Howe tallied double-digit goals in each of his first six seasons with the squad and continues to hold the club record for goals scored by a defender both in a single season (24 in 1985-86) and in a Flyers career. What's more, the 16-year veteran eclipsed 30 assists in a season six times and also continues to hold the team record for assists.
Howe's 480 career points in a Flyers sweater not only lead all Philadelphia defensemen but also rank 14th overall on the club's all-time scoring list.
A four-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team's top blueliner, Howe was elected to the Flyers Hall of Fame in 2001, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. His No. 2 jersey was officially retired by the club on March 6, 2012.