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Dubois Shares the Heartfelt Story Behind His Shift to Number 80


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Elliot Ben Jacob
September 24, 2023  (3:20 PM)
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The Meaning Behind Dubois' Number Change

Pierre-Luc Dubois, in his journey through the NHL, has sported three different numbers: 18, 13, and most recently, 80. He donned 18 during his initial years with Columbus, a conventional choice for forwards.
On moving to Winnipeg, he opted for 13, another typical forward number found across teams, unless retired.
The shift to 80, however, raised eyebrows due to its rarity in the NHL, leading fans to question Dubois' choice. Recently, Dubois disclosed the poignant rationale behind this transition.
For Matiss, who passed away in Columbus. I was there for his first game, first win. That game at MSG was extraordinary. He was phenomenal. It seemed like he was destined to be a remarkable goalie in this league. And, when he passed away, I expressed to one of the trainers over dinner that I'd like to wear number 80.

I sought approval from the family first, wondering if they intended to retire it. They believed he'd be happy with it. I wanted to preserve his legacy as his career was abruptly truncated.

In my mind, if I ever win the Stanley Cup, it'll feature my last name, but it'll be his number. That drove me to choose number 80.

Dubois' Touching Tribute

The untimely demise of Matiss Kivlenieks in 2021 sent shockwaves through the hockey community, with each individual mourning in their unique way. Reports suggest that Kivlenieks potentially saved Elvis Merzļikins' life, displaying incredible bravery.
If Dubois were to clinch the Stanley Cup someday, it would serve as an enduring tribute to Kivlenieks.
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This gesture by Dubois is a heartfelt homage to one of the most gallant figures in hockey, ensuring the continuation of Kivlenieks' legacy and highlighting the profound impact he had on his peers.
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