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Ex-captain Spills the Beans on “Weird Math” Around Choosing New Number After High-Profiled Canucks Exit

Published 02/03/2023, 11:42 PM EST

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Bo Horvat, the team captain of the Vancouver Canucks, was recently transferred to the New York Islanders, causing the dismay of Canucks fans. Horvat was not the only one who was perturbed by this. The center is prepared for whatever the future holds with his new NHL squad.

The number 53 was traditionally worn by former Canucks. Although he wanted to switch from jersey number 53 to 14 in anticipation of the new journey. In a recent interview, which can be seen on the YouTube channel of Glovey McGlovin, Bo Horvat explains why he switched jersey numbers.

The NHL star opens up about his transfer


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The Vancouver Canucks sent Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders. The trade was done in exchange for forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Aatu Raty and a conditional first-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft on Monday. The Islanders made the move before the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline. The organization hopes the center will boost their chances of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Islanders now sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the interview, Bo Horvat says, “Four plus one is five, and four minus one is three, so that’s what I’m going with right there. So yeah, it’s kind of a little something that came up. We, my wife and I came up with and that’s what we’re gonna go with.”


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Bo Horvat reveals that he didn’t choose his new jersey number randomly; his wife had a big influence. There was also some strange mathematics involved in selecting the number. He also mentions in the interview how strange it was to be traded to the Islanders. There’s much going on for him to fully adapt without some time to reflect. Horvat has also already autographed his new no. 14 New York Islanders jersey for a fan shortly after joining the team.

Fans have mixed reactions regarding Bo Horvat’s transfer

Fans are mostly disappointed with the Canucks as they traded Bo Horvat, but he must go on with his new adventure. Some Canucks supporters are upset that the team sent away one of its finest players, while others are excited about the NHL superstar’s fresh start.

Here are some fan comments.

“Quality guy wish him all the best.”


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“I’m dying inside I’m so pissed with the Canucks.”

“I already want him back.”

“Miss him already.”


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WATCH THIS STORY – “I was going to be Canuck for life” New York Islanders Legendary Center Bo Horvat Opens Up About His Disappointment Admist Senseless NHL Trade

What do you think of Bo Horvat’s future with his new team? Let us know in the comments section.



Rahul Goutam Hoom

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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.

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