|Senators centre Peter Regin is switching numbers in 2010-11, going to No. 13 instead of 43 (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images).
Once upon a time, it was the most scorned jersey number in the National Hockey League.
No. 13? Not on your life, was the collective thought around a superstitious league in which, at one time, not a single player dared wear those digits.
Times, however, have clearly changed. Which is why when Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin
dons a new number to start the 2010-11 season, he'll have some company in that area. Half a dozen players on current NHL rosters wear No. 13, including a couple of stars — Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens playoff hero Mike Cammalleri. The others? Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton), Raffi Torres (Vancouver), Olli Jokinen (Calgary) and Dan Carcillo (Philadelphia).
In Regin's mind, he's simply going to back to something entirely familiar.
"I played (wearing) 13 with both Herning in Denmark and Timra in Sweden," Regin said in a Friday Phone Call interview with OttawaSenators.com. "I like 13. It's my mom's lucky number, too. I wore it for six years (in Europe) and I had it in Binghamton, too.
"They just gave me 43 when I came here (to Ottawa). But when I had a chance to change it, I wanted to do that."
The last Senators player to wear No. 13 was Petr Schastlivy, back in 2001-02. Jamie Baker, Evgeny Davydov, Ted Drury and Vaclav Prospal are also former No. 13s in Ottawa.
Also displaying new numbers during an informal Senators scrimmage today at the Bell Sensplex were forward Zack Smith
(15, his old junior number with the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos) and defenceman Jared Cowen
(2, which he wore last season with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs). They previously sported 47 and 48, respectively, with the Senators.For more from Regin, check out our Friday Phone Call feature here.