Rangers Roundup: Alexis Lafreniere on why he chose to wear jersey number 13 and more

Alexis Lafreniere has taken over New York Rangers fans by storm, without even playing a single game yet. The first overall pick took part in a social media event called “Chalk Talk” with fellow first rounder Braden Schneider.

They were each asked a series of questions by MSG host Bill Pidto and season ticket holders. When Alexis was asked about his number choice, his reply was “magical”.

Alexis Lafreniere on why he chose 13

“I chose number 13 because my two favorite numbers were retired,” Lafreniere who has been wearing 11 said. We all know that Mark Messier’s number hangs up in the rafters.

“Growing up I liked Pavel Datsyuk, and he was a player I watched a lot,” Alexis explained about his choice. The Red Wings great was beloved and knowns as the “Magic Man” for his incredible talent of puck handling, passing, and deke goals.

“I think 13 is a good looking number and I went with this number, it’s a pretty cool number,” Lafreniere concluded.

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Latest on Lafreniere and WJC

On NHL.com Mike G. Morreale noted the latest on Alexis Lafreniere and his participation at the upcoming WJC. We wrote yesterday about this but here’s a few more pertinent quotes on the matter.

“With respect to the Rangers, [general manager] Jeff Gorton and I had a good chat. It gave Jeff the opportunity to understand our timetable of what might be coming up with respect to this camp, for example, and well beyond that.”

Tom Renney

“[Gorton] was certainly open-minded to the idea but hoping that his player would have the opportunity to join the NHL team in New York, as of now actually, to begin skating with the club,” Renney said. “I’ve indicated to him that I would circle back within about 10 days to see how things are sitting and what things look like for [Lafreniere] joining this camp and beyond.”

Tom Renney

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