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Mark Howe's number to be retired by Flyers in March, report says

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Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe acknowledges the crowd prior to the Legends of Hockey game at the Air Canada Centre on November 13, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe acknowledges the crowd prior to the Legends of Hockey game at the Air Canada Centre on November 13, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Mark Howe is a hockey legend, a status affirmed by his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame last Monday. Now, he's also a Philadelphia Flyers legend.

One of the best defensemen to ever wear the orange and black, Howe has earned the honor of having his No. 2 raised to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center, according to a report from CSN Philly. The Flyers will retire Howe's number on March 6, when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Howe finished his career with the Red Wings, playing there from 1992 to 1995.

We argued over the summer that we wanted to see this happen, and couldn't be happier that it is happening. It only makes sense.

Let me say that I think Howe deserves it. The very strong argument can be made that he's the best defenseman to ever play for the team, and he was one of the integral parts -- if not the integral part -- of the injury-riddled team that pushed the dynastic Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the 1987 Finals.

He didn't win a Cup in Philadelphia, but he came as close as you possibly can and was still one of the players that defined a rather awesome decade of hockey in this town.

There are like, a lot of tickets available for that game on March 6.