Oilers' Lowe giving Hall No. 4?

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

As the future of the franchise it makes sense.

Why wouldn't Kevin Lowe, the Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations, want to have a connection with Taylor Hall?

Who knows? Maybe one day there'll be two banners sporting the No. 4 hanging from the rafters at Rexall Place.

According to reports, Lowe is set to hand over his No. 4 jersey to the first overall pick in this summer's NHL Entry Draft. An announcement could be made as soon as Wednesday.

On Tuesday the Oilers had no comment.

Lowe is the only player to have worn the number in franchise history.

While it hasn't been officially retired by the by the club, it was essentially mothballed and no other player has been allowed to wear it.

Currently, the Oilers have retired seven numbers with the jersey's of Al Hamilton (3), Paul Coffey (7), Glenn Anderson (9), Mark Messier (11), Jari Kurri (17), Grant Fuhr (31) and Wayne Gretzky (99) no longer in circulation.

Lowe was the frontrunner to become the eighth.

Hall, a two-time Memorial Cup champion with the Windsor Spitfires, wore the No. 4 throughout most of his career in honour of his idol, and now agent, Bobby Orr.

Since being selected first overall, there were questions as to whether Hall would be allowed to continue wearing the number with the Oilers.

"I get asked that question about once a day," Hall told reporters while skating at a rookie showcase in Toronto earlier this month. "We'll have a press conference when it's decided, but it hasn't been decided yet."

At the draft in Los Angeles, Hall was given a jersey with the No. 10 on the back, symbolizing his draft year. It was a jersey the Oilers marketed and sold despite knowing he would not be wearing that number when the season started as it belongs to Shawn Horcoff.

At the Oilers rookie development camp this summer Hall sported the No. 19.

In Toronto, he wore an Oilers jersey without a number.

Last week, Hall's jersey (number not yet unveiled) sold for $30,000 at the Tee Up For Tots golf tournament in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Lowe played 19 season in the NHL, 15 of them with the Oilers. He was the franchise's first draft pick and scored the team's first goal in the league.

He has six Stanley Cup rings, winning five in Edmonton and another with the New York Rangers.

He had 84 goals and 348 assists in 1,254 regular season games and added another 10 goals and 48 assists in 214 playoff games.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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