April 16, 2011
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in future installments.
The Hockey Gods have been cruel to Vancouver Canucks fans since, oh, 1970. Losing seasons. Playoffs disappointments. Untimely injuries. Mark Messier-in-name-only.
We all know they've smiled upon the 'Nucks in this Presidents' Trophy-winning season ... so you're really going to tempt the Gods' wicked nature with a "CUP BOUND 11" jersey, Vancouver fan?
We're sure this jersey inspired a healthy number of drunken "woo-hoo" high-fives and "yer dang right it is!" proclamations from the Vancouver faithful after Games 1 and 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
We're also sure that if the Canucks are eliminated from the postseason at home, half the city will be chasing this fan with lighter fluid and Zippos.
Having a jersey that commemorates a Cup championship ("STANLEY 10" on a Blackhawks jersey, for example) is a debatable Foul. Premature commemoration isn't just a Foul … it's an affront to the Hockey Gods. Pray they're not in a smiting mood, Vancouver.
Stick-tap to Jeff Groot for the Foul.