Canadian Corner – August 2, 2011.

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little changes his number in respect for a Jets legend, and a former Hab becomes a Canadiens analyst on RDS next season.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reports Jets center Bryan Little has changed his mind and has decided, in a show of respect to Jets history, to wear number 18 next season, rather than the number 10 he wore with the Atlanta Thrashers, as that number was worn by Jets legend Dale Hawerchuk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice move by Little, though Hawerchuk said it wouldn’t have bothered him if Little had insisted on wearing Number 10. Little’s teammate, Evander Kane, is taking a different route, seeking permission of another Jets legend, Bobby Hull, to continue wearing number 9, which was Hull’s number when he played for Winnipeg.


LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe reports former Montreal Canadiens netminder Marc Denis will be joining RDS this fall as an Canadiens analyst, replacing Benoit Brunet. Denis played one game for the Canadiens in 20008-09, and retired following that season after 11 years in the NHL, spent mainly with the Columbus Blue Jackets.



  1. Bad move on Kane’s part.

  2. Why is Brunet leaving the RDS booth? I like listening to him and pierre houde. I wish they would get rid of Mario tremblay in the panels. I can’t stand that guys face after the Roy debacle. I remember watching that game as a youngster and I was so confused. Then Roy (my fav. player of all time) gets traded and I go to my room plastered with Roy posters and wanted to cry. Lol. I hate seeing Tremblays face!!! Lol. Oh well, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this Canadiens team can do. I know I am probably biased but I think they are a team that is pretty close. A season of healthier D and a repeat performance (or better) by Price would be great and a couple of bounce back years by gomez (I know, wishful thinking) and Cammy would be awesome. Time will tell.

  3. Lyle, I really like this Canadian Corner of yours. Great job! It goes nicely with the work you do dissecting rumours. Keep up the good work.

  4. Thanks, Joe! I’ve received lots of positive feedback on this feature.

  5. Ditto on the Canadian Corner being a hit! I’m living in Sweden and its nice to get my home Canadian NHL info in one place!
    Kane should really step back and look at Hull’s career…..if he were 35 and accomplished, perhaps a future hall of famer….then maybe, but he is young, and needs to earn the number.

  6. Dale Hawerchuk and Bobby Hull never played with Atlanta Trashers. It’s not because they got the name “Jets” again that they have the same retired numbers. It’s part of the Phoenix history now! So, if Little wants to keep his number, he got all the rights and none of the fans should complain about it. He’s maybe not a futur legend, but he doesn’t have to bend on crazy fans’ demands. They have to stop with these stories about “Jets” legend, it’s not the Jets anymore.

  7. Great website Lyle

    I always check here first. Keep up the great work !!

  8. Thanks, Jeb and Gord! Appreciate the kind words.