Flyers retire Mark Howe’s No. 2

The Philadelphia Flyers retired former defenseman Mark Howe’s No. 2 on Tuesday night and raised the number to the rafters.

”When I first came to Philadelphia back in 1982, it was as if I was born to be a Flyer,” said Howe, who played for the Flyers from 1982 to ’92 and was a three-time Norris Trophy finalist. ”The orange and black began to flow through my veins and instantly consumed my heart. The memories of playing for the Flyers will be a part of me forever.”

Howe was honored before Tuesday night’s 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings. Howe is a pro scout for the Red Wings and players for both teams stayed on the bench to watch the ceremony.

Howe, Philadelphia’s career leader in goals, assists and points for a defenseman, is the fifth Flyer to have his number retired, joining Bernie Parent, Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber and Bobby Clarke. Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last November.

Gordie Howe, Mark’s father and one of the all-time NHL greats, received a standing ovation from Flyers fans when he was introduced.