On This Date 12/3/1987

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Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins gives Phil Esposito the shirt off his back, revealing a new uniform number, as #7 is retired in honor of Esposito.  The move was a surprise to everyone at the Boston Garden, as nobody expected Esposito’s number to retire on a night he was honored before a game against the New York Rangers. The Bruins would one day retire #77 in honor of Borque.