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Hull will don dad's number

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005


GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes are going to "unretire" Hall of Famer Bobby Hull's jersey number so he can present it to his son, Brett, before the team's home opener Saturday against Minnesota.

The team announced Friday that Hull will wear his father's No. 9 the rest of his career.

Bobby Hull wore No. 9 throughout his career with the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. The Jets, who moved to Phoenix in 1996 and were renamed the Coyotes, retired Hull's No. 9 in 1989.

The Coyotes signed Brett Hull as a free agent on Aug. 6, 2004. Hull, an 18-year NHL veteran, is the game's active scoring leader with 741 goals.

PENGUINS: Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft and the team's starting goalie at the beginning of that season, was reassigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) farm club.

WILD: Rookie Mikko Koivu, the team's No. 1 center, will be sidelined at least four weeks because of a knee injury sustained in Friday's preseason finale. The Wild's 2001 first-round draft pick was diagnosed Saturday with a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

SATURDAY'S GAMES: Glen Murray scored twice and Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov added their first goals of the preseason to lead host Boston 5-2 over the Rangers. ... Jeff O'Neill, Mariusz Czerkawski, Andy Wozniewski and Nik Antropov scored for host Toronto in a 4-1 win over Detroit. ... Tomas Plekanec strengthened his case to make the Montreal roster, scoring once and adding a pair of assists as the host Canadiens beat Ottawa 6-3. ... Visiting Philadelphia scored five goals in the final period to send the game into overtime, and beat Washington 7-6 in a shootout, with Stefan Ruzicka scoring the only goal. ... Pierre Turgeon scored twice against his former team as visiting Colorado beat Dallas 4-3.