As some of us know as hockey fans, we definitely have our favorite team and we definitely have our favorite jersey.
The way some of us see or wear our shirts are sometimes very different from each other.
Some of us are very happy to receive our favorite team’s home jersey with no name on the back. They simply show their support for the team they are cheering on. Some of us want the authentic cut jersey worn by players on the ice; that’s if you are a die-hard fan.
It doesn’t matter how you use it, it doesn’t matter when you use it, all that matters is that you are doing it for the game you love and nothing else.
Sometimes you may see a t-shirt and think; “Hey, that’s an interesting design.” Someone can post a photo of him on the internet and something might be heard on social media. Some of you might stop scrolling, take a good look at it, and give it a quick like. Some of you may look a little further and find that the t-shirts are for a charitable cause. Some of these t-shirt designs are great and some are downright ridiculous, but it’s worth a laugh or an amazing reaction. Many of these jerseys are made for promotional efforts and auctioned off for charity purposes and that’s just another reason why hockey is one of the best sports on Earth. Sometimes, however, the cause goes beyond the colors of the jersey. There is definitely a cultural symbolism with some of these shirts. Some of which have caused some controversy.
Military-inspired camo t-shirts:
Many NHL teams agree to wearing these military-inspired jerseys during warm-ups to support and recognize the national armed forces. Fans have polarized opinions of these jerseys, but they are not meant to promote the style, it is to promote a good cause. Some folks have said that these t-shirts serve no purpose and don’t help the military BUT if you care how it helps the military then you need to know where your money is going before purchasing military inspired merchandise.
The MSE (Monumental Sports & Entertainment) Foundation recently raised $ 46,000 during a Washington Capitals home game on February 5, 2016 by auctioning off Washington Capitals military inspired jerseys. The funds acquired are used to help the families of soldiers serving in the military, soldiers with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and war amputees. The shirts were autographed and sold during the event. Not only were these shirts sold to raise funds; Equipment such as records, helmets, clubs and others were also sold to raise funds for this honorable cause.
It is mainly at these private auctions that money is raised for these types of charities. Most official sports outlets offering military camouflage jerseys are sold for profit only, unless otherwise stated that the proceeds from each sale go to a charity. Some outlets sell these shirts, but others don’t because they don’t want a controversial image of using military fashions to cash in on a quick profit. It is not only the shirts where the camouflage design is used, but also in caps, touches and shirts. Soldiers who have served in the military dislike the fact that retail outlets use the military image for profit because it is a weak expression of support for the military, plus the military image is leveraged. for promotional purposes so that corporations can make a profit.
Star Wars Themed T-shirts:
It’s easy to admit that these t-shirts are “ready to wear” in terms of t-shirt design. For Star Wars fans who love hockey, these are some of the most epic jersey designs ever. The Vancouver Giants and Saskatoon Blades of the WHL (Western Hockey League) had a Star Wars night in honor of the most successful blockbuster of 2015; Star Wars – The Force Awakens.
Star Wars night for the Saskatoon Blades took place on November 28, 2015 and the entire Saskatoon Blades team wore these jerseys to their home game against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The jerseys were not only intended to bring nerds to hockey games, but also to charity. The jerseys worn by the players were signed by the players and auctioned after the game. Proceeds from the auction went to Saskatchewan food banks.
The Vancouver Giants also had their own take on these beautiful Star Wars jerseys, but unlike the Blades, the Giants went to the “dark side.” The Giants wore them for their home game on December 4, 2015 against Kootenay Ice. Like the Blades, the Giants team also signed these jerseys and auctioned them off for charity. Proceeds went to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
LA Dodgers Pride Night Jerseys:
The Los Angeles Kings have a ‘Dodgers Pride Night’ once a season. It is based on the partnership agreement between the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Dodgers, a major league team. It is a promotion as well as a charitable cause for the two great sports teams. Fans who attend this annual event not only watch the game, but also get an LA Kings-themed baseball and a chance to win prizes in the game.
The Dodgers-inspired hockey sweaters that were worn for the warm-up were signed and auctioned after the game. Proceeds went to the Kings Care Foundation.
Flint Firebirds “Tropics” T-Shirts:
Based on the 2008 blockbuster Semi-Pro, these jerseys were an excerpt from Flint Tropics, the name of the basketball team in the film. Since we’re talking about the Flint Firebirds here, wouldn’t it be convenient to have the “Jackie Moon” approved Flint Tropic hockey jerseys for a promotional event?
That’s exactly what the Flint Firebirds did when they hosted a “Flint Tropics Night” in Flint, Michigan. The Firebirds hosted the Owen Sound Attack on February 13, 2016 for the event. It was a great highlight for the Firebirds as they were having a terrible season dealing with numerous property disputes and many lost games. The jerseys were auctioned after the game for charity purposes and it was a night that the Firebirds and fans had fun regardless of the outcome of the game.
St. Patty’s Day Hockey Jerseys:
Like military jerseys, many NHL teams use St. Patty Day jerseys for pregame warm-ups, but without the controversy. It’s a great promotion, as St. Patty’s Day is so popular and if you didn’t guess, the pregame warm-up jerseys are signed and auctioned for charity by many teams. Whether it’s an NHL team or some youth league team participating in this, it is a very popular event in Canada and the United States. It always produces great results because it is a great excuse to celebrate spring and a great reason to order a few pints of Guinness for yourself and your friends.
How could anyone hate St. Patrick’s Day?