I’ve never understood why some fans wear jerseys at hockey games that bare no relevance to the two particular teams playing. It’s not that I’m neurotic or anything, but it’s a hockey faux pas that has no place in the game – similar to headshots or Steve Downie.
Dictionary.com elaborates for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term.
-non, plural faux pas [foh pahz; Fr. foh pah]
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indescretion.
When it comes to wearing jerseys, there’s an etiquette… A Code, if you will.
For example, the Calgary Flames come into town and you wear a classic Theo Fleury jersey. That’s in line with The Code. Or maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Ottawa Senators and someone wears a Los Angeles Kings jersey with a Scuderi name plate. It’s a stretch, but it makes sense. The Code is still intact. It’s not embarrassing, nor is a blunder to the great game of hockey.
But when someone wears a Sidney Crosby/Penguins jersey to a Minnesota Wild/Anaheim Ducks game, that’s a flat out violation of Hockey Jersey Code. This demonstrates a slip in etiquette, bad conduct and poor taste.
It can be tough picking out a new jersey while trying to adhere to The Code. In an effort to help, I’ve compiled a few tips and FYI’s to help you avoid breaking The Code and keeping things cool amongst the hockey gods. Here they are:
- Avoid getting your name stitched onto your favorite team’s jersey. The Code doesn’t like cheese.
- Never buy a Marian Hossa jersey. Chances are it will outdate itself within a year and then you’ll risk breaking The Code with irrelevance.
- Don’t have any Ottawa Senator goalie name etched onto a Sens jersey. They just don’t last in Ottawa.
- Purchasing a Dany Heatley jersey comes with a “no remove” clause and is subject to be worn forever.
- Due to recent indecision, Mats Sundin jersey’s feature no colors or logos. As such, they are irrelevant to any NHL game.
- Pyjama’s are not to be confused with NHL jerseys and are to be worn in bed only, Montreal Canadiens (see above). One could argue they support Jacques Martin’s boring defense first style, but I digress…
- Just because Zdeno Chara fits into an XXXXXL sized jersey and looks cool, doesn’t mean you will. Ever. The Code requires fans to wear jerseys that fit properly. It’s a conduct thing.
- Wearing a Patrick Kane jersey outside of an NHL arena could result in an unwanted fighting scandal. This is less about The Code and more of an FYI.
- Only put names of players who officially play in the NHL on your jerseys. Having names like Jiri Tlusty or Nazem Kadri violates this rule.
Stay classy, hockey jersey wearers.
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