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Why do goalies always use #1, 30, 31, 35, or 39?


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it was based on the bunks in sleeper cars on trains. Back in the day, teams traveled exclusively by train, and usually far enough that they had sleeping cars.

The best bunk went to the most important man on the team, the goalie. The goalie was #1 on the list and got the #1 jersey. Then the most important was the top defenseman, who wore #2. Beyond that gets a bit subjective by team. It seems that most American teams would keep their defensemen at the top of that list, with #4 going to an important defenseman, while in Quebec, #4 became attached to the top forward.

When backup goalies were finally added, they were at the bottom of the list, below even scratched players, usually taking the #30 spot on the roster.

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it was based on the bunks in sleeper cars on trains. Back in the day, teams traveled exclusively by train, and usually far enough that they had sleeping cars.

The best bunk went to the most important man on the team, the goalie. The goalie was #1 on the list and got the #1 jersey. Then the most important was the top defenseman, who wore #2. Beyond that gets a bit subjective by team. It seems that most American teams would keep their defensemen at the top of that list, with #4 going to an important defenseman, while in Quebec, #4 became attached to the top forward.

When backup goalies were finally added, they were at the bottom of the list, below even scratched players, usually taking the #30 spot on the roster.

When I used to be really in to hockey it seemed that (at least on the Flyers), 2-6 were always defensemen, 7-20 forwards, and then it was a free-for-all after that.

You never saw position players with 30, 31, 33, or 35 though. For some reason, 32 was popular with position players but not goalie - not sure how that worked out.

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Good read.

Whenever I created a player (myself) on a video game, I chose numbers 30, 38, or 46. 46 is kinda special to me: no team in the four major sports have retired it. When I get my Kings jersey I'll probably have 46 on it...just like my Chargers jersey.

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