Philadelphia, PA – March 5, 2012 – The Philadelphia Flyers will retire former Flyers defenseman and NHL Hall of Famer Mark Howe’s No. 2 jersey during a pre-game ceremony prior to the Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings game at the Wells Fargo Center on March 6 at 7 p.m.
In partnership with Apple Vacations, the entire evening will honor Howe’s accomplishments as a Flyer. A pre-game ceremony will include a career video montage, special guest speakers and the raising of his No. 2 banner to hang in the Wells Fargo Center rafters.
"Mark Howe was the best defenseman to ever play for the Philadelphia Flyers," said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. "He is one of the classiest men to ever put on the Flyers uniform, and I'm proud to say no one will ever wear his No. 2 in a Flyers game again."
“Mark Howe was one of the greatest defensemen of his era,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “His skill and grace, as well as his leadership ability, both on and off the ice, put him in a class by himself. It is for that reason that the Flyers are proud to retire his number.”
Howe played 10 seasons for the Flyers, appearing in 594 games from 1982-1992. He is the most prolific scorer among blueliners in Flyers history, holding the franchise record for career goals (138), assists (342) and points (480) by a defenseman. He ranks 14th overall on the Flyers All-Time List in scoring, eighth overall in assists, and fourth overall in shorthanded goals (24).
During the 1985-86 season, Howe scored 24 goals and added 58 assists for 82 points, establishing franchise records for goals and points by a defenseman in a single season that still stand today. He also posted a plus-minus rating of plus-85 that season, which was the best in the NHL that year, is a Flyers franchise record and is the 8th-best single season performance in NHL history.
Howe was a four-time NHL All-Star, appearing in three of those games as a Flyer (1983, 1986 & 1988), and was also named to represent the Flyers and NHL at Rendez-vous '87, a two-game series against the Soviet Union which replaced the NHL All-Star Game in 1987, although he missed the event due to injury. He was a three-time finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman (1983, 1986n & 1987) and was also named a first-team NHL postseason all-star in those same three seasons.
Within the Flyers organization, Howe’s accomplishments include helping lead the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final (1985 & 1987). He won four Barry Ashbee trophies as the team’s best defenseman (1983, 1986-88) and the Bobby Clarke Trophy as team MVP in 1983. He was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame on March 15, 2001.
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The Flyers play their next game at the Wells Fargo Center vs. Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. (Mark Howe Jersey Retirement Night); home vs. Florida Panthers on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. (Upper Deck Team Pack Giveaway); away vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. (CSN, 94.1 WIP); away vs. New Jersey Devils on Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m. (CSN, 94.1 WIP); home vs. New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.; away vs. New York Islanders on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. (CSN, 94.1 WIP) and away vs. Boston Bruins on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. (CSN, 94.1 WIP).
Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.