Each number on the list is shared by at least two iconic athletes from over the years, with the exception of No. 12. Per GOAT rules, it deserves a place on the list, and is likely as recognizable as any other number in Boston's history.
Which of the "Big 4" has the most ardent of loyalists as we sit here in 2022? 15 years ago, the answer was easy - the Sox. Five years ago, that answer was probably just as easily answered with the Pats. Yet with those two teams facing uncertain presents and futures, do they still have a claim at the top spot?
The Sox and Pats won titles during their respective 2018 seasons and that's the last champions we've seen. Going on five years is as extreme of a title drought New England has experienced since the start of the 21st century.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 shots, and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston in the sixth straight blowout for the home team. Charlie Coyle also had a goal and an assist for Boston, and Erik Haula and Derek Forbort added third-period goals before Curtis Lazar backhanded the puck into the empty net with 4:17 to play to make it 5-1.