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He wears 17 when playing for Russia in international play. When he first started playing in Pittsburgh the number 17 was worn by Petr Sykora. As a result Malkin wore 71 and hasn't changed his number since Sykora's departure.

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No particular reason released to the public yet.

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Sidney Crosby wears number 87 because his birth date is August 7, 1987 (8-7-87).

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