Carolina Hurricanes star Jeff Skinner is someone who proudly promotes the game to new fans. He’s also an avowed Taylor Swift fan. So, given the opportunity to “grow the game … one person at a time,” Skinner proudly gave her his hockey jersey. And by proudly we mean completely naïve to the potential ramifications of doing so.
Shortly after this photo was taken, Kayne West bum-rushed the stage and proclaimed he'd let her finish but the Hartford Whalers were the best team of all-time.
The previously mentioned ramifications for Jeff Skinner are, in fact, a part of Taylor Swift hockey lore.
In 2009, members of the Pittsburgh Penguins gave her a “SWIFT 09” jersey. Those members were Max Talbot, Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski and Tyler Kennedy. Four years later, all four were ex-Penguins, disappearing from the photo like the McFly family as Ms. Swift clutches her sweater.
She also attended a Los Angeles Kings game in 2009. They missed the playoffs.
She revealed the Nashville Predators third jerseys in 2009. They were eliminated in the first round.
She once wore a Leafs jersey. They haven’t won the Cup since 1967 …
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