December 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 installment.
You know, once in a while a Jersey Foul comes our way that makes us question both the sanity of the sweater wearer and our faith in humanity. This is one such occasion, from a Los Angeles Kings home loss to the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 8.
From PD reader Jim Kearns:
That's the front of Kopi Xmas (11). It's a Kings logo sewn onto a Wild jersey.
The picture is blurry because I did dare get close to the dude. Who knows what I might have caught...
Besides the holiday spirit sir, we have no idea what you would have caught.
Why does this jersey exist? Is it a plea for the franchises to combine?
Is it a plea for Anze Kopitar to be traded to the Minnesota Wild for Christmas? If so, doesn't this guy know he how much having to back-check messed with his process under Terry Murray.
Ho ho holy crap is that a Foul.
And here … we … go.
Via Randall Ritchey:
"It's Oshie and Berglund and reads Oshlund. #epicfail"
Especially because we all know that Berglie sounds 10x more adorable.
On the right, Trevor Sudbury reports that this is an Alexander Marcus Flint Goligoski jersey for the Dallas Stars … on the infamous Mooterus third jersey.
Total FOUL, if also totally hilarious.
On the left (via Jimmy Brolly) is Mike Bossy's name on a New York Islanders sweater he never wore. Which would be an automatic FOUL, but we've been considering a lobby for a Retired Number Exception, since no one except Bossy could wear No. 22 on the current Islanders.
If passed, we'd need some kind of Wayne Gretzky amendment, since his number is retired league-wide and, frankly, doesn't belong on a Predators jersey, you know?
Case in point. (via Dan Dugan)
On the other hand, this is a hell of a compliment for Scott Gomez … (Via Mike Obrand)
Via Alexander Szczesny:
Things aren't great here in Pegulaville, but at least we have some jersey fouls! After seeing the Baptism foul yesterday, I wanted to share a pic my buddy Charles took at the Sabres/Flyers game last week. I told him to send it in, but I am not sure if he did. Here we have two Class-A jersey fouls as two goalies from two different eras have their nicknames on the back of their jerseys. I'm not sure what's more embarrassing; people own and wear these jerseys, or Marc-Andre Gragnani is a starter on an NHL team? Bonus foul: what's on the head of the person in the middle? 90's Jagr called to say "Sweet Mullet Bro"
We miss 90s Jagr.
The first of two from our buddy Hockey Broad. The first is this epic fail from the San Jose Sharks, as this jersey both seems to honor (a) a conference rival and (b) a Los Angeles Kings legend. Terrible.
Hockey Broad also offers this verbose Foul from the Minnesota Wild. Now, we assume this is a reference to something, although we're stumped as to what. We do know this: The idea of a man/mountain walking over to break up a fight in the stands wearing a "VOICE OF REASON" jersey is pretty dope. Do they have fights in the stands at Wild games?
Really, the emotion this Philadelphia Flyers jersey elicits is unabashed sympathy. (Via Rebecca Johnson)
Finally, via @tiffskeen …
We really only have one reaction to this.
Once more, with feeling: Teemu Selanne played for the Winnipeg Jets that are now in Phoenix. No, seriously, check it: He's 13th in Phoenix Coyotes franchise scoring history.
He never played for the Atlanta Thrashers. Winnipeg Jets: You are the Atlanta Thrashers. Seeing this jersey isn't just witnessing a Foul; it legitimately makes us feel murdery. Please never wear it.