After the death of the famous No. 4 for the Montreal Canadians—Jean Béliveau—and with the legendary No. 9, Gordie Howe, still very ill, Macdonald used a series of tweets to pay tribute to both.
“4 is gone. 9 hangs on. // Ice is beautiful but hard. // Remember the Colisée de Quebec? //Remember the pee-wee tourney every year? // Remember the Ramparts? // Remember Lafleur? // When you skate there is no earth, there is ice, ice your feet never touch. // When you skate, you soar above the world and do not touch it. // I need to find a rink, now, and skate, and forget. 4 is gone and 9 hangs on.”