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Great story behind Gilroy's sweater number (97)

Just wanted to share this tidbit with the rest of you... Really touching story explaining his choice to wear number 97 on his back.

From http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=619437 :

Gilroy will likely wear No. 97 in Ottawa, a number he chose to honor his brother.

"I wear 97 for my brother Timmy who passed away when we were young," he said. "When we got to the rink when we were kids, the only number we knew was 99 because of Gretzky. Of course, we got there late and someone had already picked that. So I picked 98 and he picked 97. After he passed away, I made a promise to my mom that I'd always wear that number no matter what and take it as far as Timmy would've. It's just a nice reminder for me every night to put that on, and for my family to see it."

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