PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have retired former defenseman Mark Howe’s No. 2 and raised the number to the rafters.

Howe was honored before Tuesday night’s game 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 is Philadelphia’s career leader in goals, assists and points for a defenseman. He played for the Flyers from 1982-92 and was a three-time Norris Trophy finalist.

Howe said during the ceremony, “it was as if I was born to become a Flyer.”

He 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, one of the all-time NHL greats, received a standing ovation from Flyers fans when he was introduced.

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