Vancouver Fans Force Defenseman To Change Number After Disrespect

Published July 9, 2023 at 11:32 PM

When NHL players join new teams during unrestricted free agency, they aim to make a good impression on the fans and set a positive example.

It usually starts with a cheerful press conference where players might crack jokes to show their personality and express their love for the city, as well as their determination to bring the Stanley Cup home.

However, there are times when a player needs to stand out in difficult situations. This was the case when Luc Bourdon, a former Canucks player, tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident just three months after his 21st birthday, leaving the team devastated.

Now, let's talk about Ian Cole, who decided to sign with the Canucks for this season. When asked about his preferred jersey number, he expressed his desire to wear number 28. The Canucks shared his response on Twitter, and what happened next revealed his admirable character and compassion.

Cole's gesture showed that he believed it was the right thing to do. He signed a one-season contract worth $3 million with the Canucks. At 34 years old, he has previously played for teams like St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Colorado, Minnesota, Carolina, and Tampa Bay.

Throughout his career, he has played 748 games, scoring 32 goals, providing 150 assists, and accumulating 182 points. Additionally, he has a strong +144 rating and has spent 683 minutes in the penalty box.
July 9   |   99 answers
Vancouver Fans Force Defenseman To Change Number After Disrespect

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