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Butch Goring Jersey Retirement

Scenes from Butch Goring's jersey retirement ceremony on Saturday

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Number 91 was raised to the toy department! 

Butch Goring had his number retired by the Islanders on Saturday morning, becoming the eighth player in team history to earn such an honor. It was long overdue and an acknowledgment of his contributions to the team as a player, broadcaster and coach. See below for sights, sounds and videos from Butch's big day. 


Fans came out early to support Butch. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: These. Are. Amazing. 🤩#Goring91

So did a bunch of legends. 


To mark the occasion, the Islanders all wore 91 Goring jerseys for warmups ahead of Saturday's game. 


Butch delivered an emotional, eloquent speech, thanking his family, teammates, fans and the Islanders organization for their support and for helping him get his number raised to the rafters. He was presented with a framed jersey, a collage of some of his memorable Islanders moments and a golf trip to Augusta National. (Safe to say some of his teammates were itching to be his caddy.) 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: When @91Butch finds out he���s going on a golf trip to Augusta National and all the #Isles legends volunteer to be his caddy. 😂

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Audrey Goring. 93 years old and made the trip to Long Island to support her son on this special day! 💙🧡 @91Butch

Video: BOS@NYI: Goring's No. 91 retired by Islanders

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Raising 9������1������ to the rafters (or in @91Butch terms to the toy department)! #Goring91

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