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Crosby, Kane each to have number retired by junior team

Rimouski to honor Penguins center Sept. 27, London to celebrate Blackhawks forward Jan. 17

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Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane each will be honored by his junior team by having his number retired this season.

Crosby, a Pittsburgh Penguins center, will have his No. 87 retired by Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Sept. 27.

In two seasons with Rimouski, Crosby had 303 points (120 goals, 183 assists) in 121 games from 2003-05. He was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year in each season. Rimouski is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.

"Sidney is a great man, the best hockey player in the world, and still loves our city, our team, and our fans," Rimouski president Eric Boucher said. "Twenty-five years is a big moment in our history, and there is no better manner than this to begin that celebration."

Crosby was selected by the Penguins with the No. 1 pick of the 2005 NHL Draft and in 14 seasons the 32-year-old has helped them win the Stanley Cup three times (2009, 2016, 2017). He won the Hart Trophy twice as NHL MVP and the Art Ross Trophy twice as the League's leading scorer.

Tweet from @penguins: On September 27, @oceanicrimouski will retire Sidney Crosby's jersey.Yet another well-deserved honor for our captain. Congrats Sid!Details: https://t.co/iD6iQyqrko pic.twitter.com/JvypxTDnkd

Kane, a Chicago Blackhawks forward, will have his No. 88 retired by London of the Ontario Hockey League on Jan. 17. He led the OHL with 145 points (62 goals, 83 assists) in 58 games in 2006-07, his only season with London, and was named CHL Rookie of the Year.

"It was really off the charts how good he was here," London general manager Mark Hunter told the London Free Press. "He was exceptional for us and he's had a great NHL career. He's a winner and we want to be joined at the hip with him because he's a winner."

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: The @GoLondonKnights are retiring @88PKane's No. 88! Fun fact: Kaner earned the recognition after just ONE incredible season with the OHL club.https://t.co/exy5O1MV5p

Kane was selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 1 pick of the 2007 NHL Draft, and in 12 seasons the 30-year-old has helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015). He became the first United States-born winner of the Hart Trophy in 2016.

"Just working with them, they gave me pretty much every opportunity to play," Kane said. "They really show you a fun style of hockey to play, especially at that age, so yeah, great people, great hockey minds, they run a great organization there. They produce a lot of amazing players, so I'm looking forward to that night. That was a pretty cool call from Mark. I wasn't expecting that, but it should be a fun night in January."

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