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New York Islanders Mark Parrish Chimes In On Ho-Sang’s Number

Mar 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on New York Islanders center Joshua Ho-Sang (66) in the shoot out at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on New York Islanders center Joshua Ho-Sang (66) in the shoot out at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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Former member of the New York Islanders Mark Parrish elected to chime in on Josh Ho-Sang’s number wearing “controversy”.

Everyone’s favorite story resurfaced once again after Mark Parrish, who played with the New York Islanders for four and a half years decided to throw his cap in the ring and comment on Josh Ho-Sang wearing the number 66.

It wasn’t a positive comment.

After I quoted the tweet, sharing my displeasure with the take, he came back with this

It’s laughable really. There’s a huge difference number 99 is retired league-wide and is the only player’s number that is retired by every team. The Penguins obviously retired 66 but that doesn’t mean Ho-Sang can’t wear it with the Islanders.

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That would be like an Islander fan getting upset at Jordin Tootoo for wearing the number 22, it doesn’t make any sense. The Islanders retired Mike Bossy‘s number because he put up ridiculous numbers for them, that doesn’t mean no one in the entire league can wear that number again.

I’m not sure if this is the case but if Tootoo came out and said his favorite player growing up was Mike Bossy and he wanted to wear the number to honor him that’d make me feel even better as an Islander fan.

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But this notion that wearing 66 is disrespectful, even though Ho-Sang has said multiple times that he is wearing it to honor Mario Lemieux is comical. It’s quite sad that people care more about the number on Ho-Sang’s back rather than his impressive play as a rookie.

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