Has Anyone Seen a TOI Report from WCOH?

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When the World Cup of Hockey jerseys were announced by Fanatics, one of the selling points that was claimed was the use of the ‘eye in the sky’ technology for tracking player locations and the ability to identify the time and duration specific jerseys were worn on the ice.  Collectors were told that this information would be available only upon request.

Are there any collectors out there that have made this request and received this report?  We would be interested in seeing the data that is available.

Free Agency Fun, Collector Interviews Resume, Game Worn Radio Delay

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Free Agency

The NHL Free Agency period is always a fun time in our hobby.  Its a great time to observe various transactions that happen in the wave of team decisions.

When a team does not resign a player, you can often find a team collector trying to sell the jersey of that player.  If the player gets signed by another team, you might even see that jersey being sold getting purchased by a collector of the new team.

Free agency creates a layer of supply and demand between teams and players and entertainingly reflects the decisions made by the GMs in the NHL.

Collector Interviews Resume

Gameworn.us is continuing our summer trend to interview collectors from all over the world.  If you would like to join us on Skype to be interviewed, please contact us to schedule a time.  If you would prefer to keep your interview to a text-only format, we can accommodate as well.

Game Worn Radio Delay

Due to the holiday, Game Worn Radio will return on Tuesday, July 11th at 9PM.

Another Day, Another Cut Up

Its always a shame when we see a game worn jersey used to make a mark in an industry through its destruction. Any publicity is good publicity, right?  RIP 2015-16 Despres.

What do you think of the cut-up trend that has been increasing since the inception of game worn jersey cards from sports card manufacturers?

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Adidas Jersey Material and Technology Changes

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With the reveal of the new Adidas jerseys, much focus has been placed on how team jerseys will change.  More stripes?  Less stripes?  Location of this and that.  We want to take a moment to talk about what in the model of the jersey is changing as a whole by piecing together information deduced by pictures and information releases.

Adidas claims that the jerseys will be lighter (up to 19% lighter than Reebok Edge 2.0) by using new materials in cresting and construction of the jersey.  They claim this will reduce crest weight by 46% and number weight will be reduced 60% by using a single layer perforated numbering system.  It still looks like for many teams, the numbers still have multiple layers as seen in the photo taken from the Winnipeg Jets display and are not necessarily perforated.

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Now if we take a look back at the World Cup of Hockey jerseys, we can see the single layer perforated numbering system as seen in this Frolik Czech Republic jersey.  Does this mean that weight saving feature will not be a standard in the NHL?  Inspecting the photos for the team releases, we have only seen limited evidence of perforated numbers on NHL jerseys so this does not appear to be implemented league wide.

Adidas Hockey Jersey Teasers Trend on Twitter

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In case you have been living under a rock the past couple days, Adidas has launched their social media campaign for the launch of their new jersey line for the NHL with the hashtag on twitter #FormTheFuture.

Unfortunately, even with all the shares, retweets, likes, etc, there hasnt been anything spectacular to report until this morning.  You will most likely be seeing these teasers until the announcement.  Every single team sharing the crest image is nothing you wouldnt already expect to see.

However, some teams have shown teasers this morning of the back branding logo which gives us a peak into some of the material going into the jerseys.

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Some collectors have been reminded of the Reebok Edge 1.0 issues, and seeing some of the material from the back photos became curious what that material in the photos are.  Luckily, in the same photos, you can also see more breathable material surrounding the logos.  

Once thing is certain, their campaign is pretty successful so far at creating hype leading up to the reveal.  It appears the official reveal is June 20th.

MSU Garage Sale Pricing Plan

18766658_1753525537996069_7080000417381633666_oAmong the collegiate markets, when a team has a garage sale, its not uncommon for one or a few people to buy up everything of a specific amount of items in order to resell them later.  At the Michigan State University garage sale, they announced their strategy to combat this:

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This lead to a series of staged discounts until all the big ticket items sold.

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What do you think of this strategy?

Goal Scored Pucks Increasing Demand Increase Price

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Within the past year or two, there as been a huge increase in the demand for goal scored pucks, which naturally have increased prices.  Items that once were looked at as more of a novelty and took time to sell now have waiting lists.

This year, we have seen an explosion of demand for goal scored pucks with prices ranging from $50 to $1,000 per puck.  There are dedicated groups to goal scored pucks and they continuously pop up on game worn jersey groups.

MeiGray has been auctioning them off consistently from their teams and special events can be found on NHL Auctions.  Some teams are not as easy to get.  It might take knowing an email address and emailing as soon as the goal happens.  Others might require physical presence at a store.

Not all teams engage in marketing and selling goal scored pucks but some teams throughout other leagues have begun to participate, such as the AHL and ECHL.  In previous years, many of these offerings were limited to special events such as all-star games.

What has been the driving force behind the popularity?  Is it the small size, easy for displaying?  Are people more interested in buying them as others display their top end goal scorers?  Its the increase in availability a by-product of the demand or is it a driving force that creates awareness?  How long will this trend last?

Hockey in Hampton Virginia

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By Chuck Eckels

The city of Hampton has had 5 different hockey teams in residence. It started with the Virginia Red Wings in 1973 and ended with the Hampton Roads Gulls of the ACHL in 1981. Only one of the five entries was successful in Hampton, Virginia. 

The Southern Hockey League was created in 1973 as an offshoot of the old Eastern Hockey League. The EHL was a place where “butcher shop” hockey reigned supreme. The lead bad boy of the EHL was John Brophy who lead the league in PIM’s. I was told by another player if you put Brophy in a room with another player, no matter who the other player was, Brophy was the guy walking out of that room. Before a game Brophy would amp up on greenies so much so that he would have to get another player to lace up his skates for him. He would then go out and  fearlessly dominate for three hours. 

The EHL was a wild and wooly league. Once the Charlotte Checkers were late getting to a game with the Long Island Ducks in New York. The concession stands ran out of beer while waiting for the Checkers to arrive. Arena management allowed the fans to leave the arena and purchase 12 packs of bottled beer. By the time the Checkers arrived two hours later,  the crowd was feeling no pain. As the game got underway, the 4000 or so referees in the stands took exception to a particular call. They started to throw brown glass beer bottles that were full onto the ice. The goalies hid in their nets as broken brown glass and beer suds littered the white ice. Luckily no one was hurt.

This was one of the reasons the owners of the Southern teams wanted to pull away from the league. They wanted a ” safer and calmer” league. There was too much “goonery ” in the league for the Southern owners. They wanted it to be more family friendly. Another reason to pull away form the Northern teams was travel costs. The owners could save money by traveling just to Southern cities. The final reason was fan interest. Southern teams drew in more fans when facing other Southern teams. Southern owners thought these reasons would generate more revenue. 

From its inception during the 1973-74 season the SHL aligned themselves with the WHA (World Hockey Association). This league was created to rival the NHL by Dennis Murphy, Gary Davidson, and Edmonton hockey magnate Bill Hunter. The WHA was even crazier then the EHL if that was possible. The worst incident involved the Calgary Cowboy’s Rick Jodzio who once skated for the SHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Jodzio, whose hockey credentials are open to serious question as a hockey player, attacked Quebec Nordiques superstar Marc Tardiff on April 11, 1976 for no apparent reason. Jodzio cross-checked Tardiff in the face in the second period. He then dropped his gloves and threw bunches of punches into the face of the fallen star. Tardiff was carried off the ice on a stretcher and suffered a brain contusion. He missed the remainder of the season. The bench clearing brawl was so intense that it took over 20 Quebec City police officers to restore order on the ice. Jodzio was banned from the WHA and while charges were filed against him he later pled guilty to a lesser charge and paid a $3000 fine. Years later Jodzio and his son met Tardiff and his son where Jodzio offered up an apology. Tardiff accepted that apology.

With help from their parent WHA clubs and playing under WHA rules the SHL got underway in the 1973-74 season with the Roanoke Valley Rebels winning the Crockett Cup. The Charlotte Checkers coached by Pat Kelly would go on to win the next two cups. The fourth season the league went dark as it had become too ” soft.” The SHL owners had forgotten the lesson of the Charlotte Clippers of the 1950’s. The Baltimore Clippers had their barn burn down in the 1950’s and they had no place to play. They relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina at the bottom of the state. The Charlotte Clippers had phenomenal attendance because they won and they played a very physical game. John Brophy skated for the Clippers and that lesson would not be lost on him. 

In the late 1960’s the city of Hampton, Virginia built the Hampton Coliseum with a seating capacity of about 10,000 people. The Fayetteville Arsenal were set to begin play in the SHL in the fall of 1974. They had only one problem. There was no ice. ( As a big fan of the SHL and former season ticket holder I have been asked if I have ever seen any Arsenal memorabilia like pucks or programs but I have not.) The team owners looked for a place to play and landed in Hampton. The team played for three years in Hampton before the league went dark in 1977. Coach John Brophy’s Hampton Gulls were a very physical team that won. The worst finish they had in three years was second place. Curt Brackenbury, Dale Smedsmo, and Hal “Mad Dog” Willis led they way that first season with physical play. A real good example of the Gulls play was a game that took place in Hampton on November 13, 1974. The biggest line brawl of the season took place between Hampton and Charlotte. All 34 players were battling on the ice. The white ice was littered with sticks and gloves. Even Coach Brophy and Coach Kelly were throwing down on each other in suits and ties. The battle lasted for an hour. The Gulls won that battle but lost the war 5-3 as both sides skated extremely short handed. 

The city of Hampton first leased the Coliseum to the Virginia Red Wings of the AHL in 1973-74. The Wings moved to Norfolk the following season then left the area in 1975. Charles Wornom, a local drug store magnate, had purchased the SHL Gulls and after the SHL went dark he moved them to the AHL. This proved to be a costly mistake as revenues were quickly consumed by travel expenses. The AHL Gulls went dark in the winter of 1978. The Hampton Aces lasted for two season 1978-80 in the reborn EHL after they relocated from New Jersey. The final hockey entry for the city of Hampton was the ACHL Hampton Roads Gulls. They didn’t even finish the season. This was the final hockey team in residence as the Hampton Coliseum management  decided they would generate revenue through concerts not hockey. The SHL Gulls were the only successful hockey entry in the city of Hampton because of their phenomenal attendance.  All hockey is now played in Norfolk. 

Notable players for the Hampton Gulls SHL/AHL are Curt Brackenbury, Frank Beaton, William “Buzz” Schneider, Jamie Hislop, Dave Hanson, Jeff Carlson, Rod Langway, Paul Hoganson, and Eddie Mio.IMG_0261

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