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, e-mail a photo to us at email@example.com for inclusion in future installments.
Number two on Seth Rorabaugh's "Jersey Bill of Rights": Splitting up.
This is a practice that came into being during the 1999-2000 when Bruins legend Raymond Bourque was traded to the Avalanche in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup. It became popular wear a split jersey which was half Bruins and half Avalanche. Frankly, the idea of taking a pair of scissors to any jersey just sickens us. Then to splice them together Dr. Moreau style is just incompresible. Who are you to play God?
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These two fans are quite confused in their rooting interests. Who are they the bigger fan of? The name on the back or the Penguins or Blackhawks? It's not quite the "Malsby" jersey featured here in July, but pick a side people. Puck Daddy reader George, who attended the Penguins-Blackhawks game a few weeks back, caught these two in the concourse. Notice the use of the Pittsburgh jersey that they wore from 1993-2000. If anyone has a sane reason for this use of the split jersey, please let us know.
After the jump, spelling is important and Sidney Crosby a Hab...whaa?
The number one rule about customizing a hockey jersey is to be sure you're shelling out the cash for one with the correct spelling of your selected player. With the new RBK jersey's costing a pretty penny including customization, wouldn't you triple-check your order before placing it?
I can understand someone thinking a letter may be in a last name just by its pronunciation, like say, Miroslav Satan, but how does one hear the letter ‘n' in Zherdev? (H/T to Puck Daddy reader Timothy for catching this one during Adam Graves Night at Madison Square Garden).
This Calgary Flames fan was very eager to see his team hoist the Stanley Cup back in 2001, but as luck would have it, they didn't even qualify for the postseason, finishing fourth in the Northwest Division. (Thanks to Leila for sending that one in)
Remember our good friend Matthew Crosby who had his Flames jersey personalized with No. 87? Reader Mike Engle saw this Canadiens edition Sidney Crosby jersey at a local trivia tournament on the campus of the University of Ottawa. Does Matthew have a cousin named Mathieu perhaps? It could be that this Crosby fan is holding out hope that once the Vincent Lecavalier-to-Montreal rumors die down, the press will start pining for Crosby and then he'll look like a genius.
Up last, Omair sends in a photo that may not be considered a jersey foul only because of the content stitched on the back of a CCM New Jersey Devils jersey.