Oilers have Coffey's number

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

It's a reunion that's taken awhile, but No. 99 and No. 7 will at long last be together again, and in more ways than one, when the Edmonton Oilers retire Paul Coffey's jersey at Rexall Place Oct. 18.

In a ceremony delayed by a year because of the NHL lockout, the Oilers will lift Coffey's number to the roof in honour of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 with the Great One in attendance -- Gretzky will be behind the bench with the visiting Phoenix Coyotes that night.

The team has scheduled a news conference for today, at which time it's expected it will be announced Coffey will join Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr and Al Hamilton as Oilers to have their numbers raised to the rafters.

Coffey, who retired as the second-leading scorer in NHL history among defencemen with 1,531 regular career points -- he added 196 more in 194 playoff games -- celebrated three Stanley Cups with the Oilers and another with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991.

The Weston, Ontario, native, a three-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenceman, played 532 games with the Oilers and sits fifth in career franchise scoring behind Gretzky, Kurri, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson with 206-460-669.


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