Who wore number 99 in the NHL? Since the 1950-51 season, only three players are in the number 99 club, Gretzky, Rick Dudley and Wilf Paiement. Mel Angelstad and Andrew Desjardins are the only players since 1950 to wear Rob Gronkowski’s favourite number.
Is the number 99 retired in the NHL? Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 has been retired across the NHL, unable to be worn by anyone in the league in honor of the game’s most recognizable player and inarguably one its greatest. Gretzky is the only player with that honor, but, if it were up to him, he’d have some company.
Why did Gretzky retire 99? Gretzky says he accepted his retirement decision the moment he announced it in the final week of the 1998-99 season; he played his final NHL game on April 18, 1999, with the Rangers. “The fact I can’t do it, it kills me,” he says of continuing to play, “but I’ve got peace of mind because it was time to move on.
Is number 99 retired in all sports? League-wide retirements
The only other exception to this retirement is on April 15, the anniversary of Robinson’s MLB debut, when all uniformed personnel (players, managers, coaches, umpires) wear 42. Wayne Gretzky’s number 99 was likewise retired league-wide by the National Hockey League at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.