As any good hockey fan knows, one can never have too many hockey shirts. Dive into those closets and dresser drawers, and you’ll find jerseys, herseys, shirseys, Ts, baby Ts, half Ts, tanks, halters, and hell, even bikini tops.
It is summertime, after all.
The sun brings out any and all of the above, as puck bunnies and puckheads alike lay about yearning for the cool air of the rink and the ardent smell of freshly used hockey gear.
Note that we here at Pucked in the Head do not condone the automatic relegation of every female fan to the title of ‘puck bunny’. We refer to fans of all genders and ages as ‘puckheads’, and only use ‘puck bunnies’ when the persons in question use the term themselves. But that’s another post. On with the fashion, dang it all!
We at Pucked in the Head support summer usage of hockey-themed upper body covering, so we’ve dedicated today’s post to a collection of photos thereof.
Sadly, we didn’t see any of the aforementioned bikini tops on Saturday, but we’ll be happy to accept photos at jason (at) puckedinthehead (dot) com. Strictly for research purposes, of course, honey. It’s for the blog, I swear.
More after the jump.
At the recent Five Hole for Food event in Vancouver, we saw a veritable tonne of jerseys. From current to retro, NHL to minor European leagues, made-up to… well, made-up.
There were countless T shirts with varying degrees of loyalty, snarky content and tight-fittedness. Take this Nordiques? classic, for example, worn by Richard (@253QuakesFan), who showed up last post as a goalie in an Atlanta Thrashers G-Force jersey.
Harrison Mooney of Pass It to Bulis and Puck Daddy (@HarrisonMooney / @PassItToBulis) arrived in a Ghostbusters beauty from Dave’s Geeky Hockey, then stripped it off to reveal — no, not his tights from the Call the Union spoof — a bitchin’ Hartford Whalers tee shirt.
We featured one picture of him in game action in that shirt, and response was so overwhelming that we decided to run another one from the same sequence. Note the explosive push from the back foot. Note the eye on the ball. Note the duck face.
I don’t mind admitting that I’m seriously considering the purchase of one of those Ghostbusters jerseys. I just need to work out a compensation deal with Harrison, who owns the vicinity rights on the damned thing.
Some people arrived to make a statement. Ryan Mance (@ryanclassic) brought a hockey bag full of various jerseys, actually, including gorgeously ugly numbers like this Jeremy Roenick Peyote Coyotes special…
…which he also wore next to his fiancé Alix Wright (@alixiswright37) in a standard current Vancouver Canucks uniform…
… to this uni from an exceptionally odd addition to farm team lore, the Iowa Chops. Yes, the Des Moines AHL franchise was named for a cut of meat. The team has a rather sordid history, having moved from affiliations with the Dallas Stars to the Anaheim Ducks and back, but damn it all if this wasn’t one of my favourite jerseys this day. Kudos to Ryan on this bad boy.
The Canucks were of course well represented, what with this event happening in Vancouver. Jerseys, shirts, hats, goalie masks and other paraphernalia celebrating various eras of Nucks lore lined Granville Street.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include Chris Golden (@lyteforce) of the Canucks Hockey Blog — even though he showed up wearing just a hockey-themed hat. Boooooo.
So yeah, the Canucks gear didn’t surprise me. What stood out was just how much love was shown for YVR’s expansion cousin the Buffalo Sabres. Check out this barely there tank top, part of Five Hole’s Mining for Food industry challenge.
And sure, this fellow looks okay with his shoulders and stuff — grumble grumble — but I think Gina Justine Galo (@AViewFromAbroad) makes the Sabres look good.
We want more, though, people! MORE! Share with us your half shirts, your retro Ts, and your bikinis. Send us your windbreakers, your golf shirts, and your pyjama tops We will turn none of them away. Come one, come all. We welcome them here on the shores of Pucked in the Head.