Lou Lamoriello is known to enforce a numbers policy. That will continue to with the New York Islanders with their younger players.
The New York Islanders brought in Lou Lamoriello to change the culture. That’s already started to happen with his personnel decisions but on the ice, those changes are being made with his facial hair and number policy.
Players aren’t allowed to have facial hair while playing for Lamoriello or have a high number. Arthur Staple tweeted out today that there’s already been some changes.
Apparently, Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield have new jersey numbers. Pelech wore number 50 while Pelech wore 42. Mayfield was seen today wearing a number 24 on his helmet while Pelech is wearing number 3.
Jan Kovar used to wear number 43 in the KHL but he will be wearing number 10 with the Islanders. Not everyone is subject to change their numbers though.
Veterans, like Johnny Boychuk, are allowed to keep their number. So Boychuk’s 55 will remain intact but his and Nick Leddy’s beards will likely have to go.
Now we haven’t seen updates on what they will wear, but Arthur pointed out the Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier will be forced to switch numbers too. We saw Josh wearing number 26 at camp this summer so perhaps that’s the number he’ll go with.
As for Beauvillier, he wore number 91 and 21 in Juniors so perhaps he goes back to the number 21 that Chris Wagner wore last year.
Ultimately I’m not exactly sure what a player’s number or facial hair has to do with their performance on the ice, but what you win multiple Cups and have been in the game for 30 years you can get away with it.
I feel bad for people who got Beauvillier, Ho-Sang, Pelech and Mayfield jerseys. Now they’ll have to fork over some more cash for an updated sweater.