Players choose their numbers for various reasons. Some may chose a number that pays tribute to a family member, birth year or a favorite player from their childhood. Some players even change numbers because of bad luck, or their number isn't available because of a player already wearing it or it may be retired.
That brings me to Jay McKee the former shot blocking expert for the Buffalo Sabres & current blue liner for the St. Louis Blues. Us Sabre fans will forever Jay as # 74, the man who bled Blue & Gold and Red & Black for us for 10 years. Now McKee dons #77 for the Blues.
I was wondering why Jay had changed his number. Was it because he wanted to wear his birth year? Or was it because he just needed to try to chage his luck? I was guessing the whole luck thing. So I decided to ask Jay today when I saw him before tonights game and the answer was a bit suprising at first. Until I thought about it for a while.
Jay simply put it as "74 belongs in Buffalo" He also added that if he ever comes back to Buffalo to play he will revive the the #74. By changing his number this season McKee is paying homage to his years as a Sabre and a Western New Yorker. And I for one couldn't be happier. Maybe once Jay has fullfilled his contract with the Blues he will return home and bring back the long loved 74 Sabre sweater. Who knows it may even be sooner!!!!!
Good Luck Jay and our door is always open to your return.