Hall to wear Oilers' No. 4 jersey

First-round draft pick Taylor Hall will wear the No. 4 Edmonton Oilers jersey worn by former player and team executive Kevin Lowe.
Taylor Hall holds his new Oilers jersey on Wednesday. Hall is flanked by Oilers general manager, Steve Tambellini, on his right, and the president of hockey operations, Kevin Lowe, on his left. ((CBC))
Number-one draft pick Taylor Hall will wear a No. 4 Edmonton Oilers jersey — the same number worn by former player and team executive Kevin Lowe.

The jersey was presented to Hall by Lowe, who is the team's president of hockey operations, at an event in Edmonton on Wednesday.

"It's pretty prestigious," Hall said afterwards. "He thought it would be a pretty good idea for me to wear it and kinda start a new era."

Lowe was the Oilers first draft pick when Edmonton entered the NHL in 1979, and wore the number throughout his playing career with the Oilers which included winning five Stanley Cups in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Hall wore the number in leading the OHL Windsor Spitfires to two consecutive Memorial Cup wins.  He was chosen number one overall by the Oilers in the June NHL entry draft.

Lowe approached Hall last week about wearing the number to ensure that it was what the young player wanted.

"It's all about what's right for the organization and I just think that you see a kid like that, what he represents...I love the fact that he talks about winning Stanley Cups, that's exciting for me," Lowe said.

Lowe's number has not been retired by the Oilers.  But no one on the team has worn it since Lowe ended his hockey career after the 1997-98 hockey season.


With files from The Canadian Press