What is your favorite All-Star game jersey from the past 25 years?
Keeping in mind that there was no All-Star game for the 2005 or 2006 season, and one style was repeated for 1994, 1995, and 1996 while another style was repeated for 1997 and 1998.
What game do you have the fondest memory of?
The NHL has released the jersey styles for the 2017 NHL All-Star game. You can read the full article here.
With the playoff format, we have seen jerseys worn in half of one of the potential 2 games auctioned off on the NHL auctions previously ran by Meigray. This year with fanatics running the auctions, its tough to speculate if these jerseys will be sold or auctioned. As you can recall, with the world cup of hockey, some jerseys were sold, some were auctioned, then those that were unable to sell were auctioned.
It appears that all teams will be wearing the centennial patch for the remainder of the year on their jerseys below the numbers on the right arm.
We have seen quite a bit in the hobby this past year, which gives us an opportunity to reflect and consider things we would like to see or do differently. From recent topics and discussions, we have a few recommendations on things to consider:
- Go out of your way to meet your fellow collector and make new friends in the hobby. More often than not, a relationship is more valuable than making a buck off of someone.
- Welcome new collectors in the hobby and be willing to spend some time showing them the ropes. New collectors do not arrive with knowledge and experience we do. If we take the time to educated the newcomers, we will begin to see conversations on par with what we expect.
- Consider weighing the difference between the items you want and the message you want to send. Many people were/are unhappy with a specific business entering the hobby, yet they still spend their money with that company. Unfortunately, this does not promote change.
- Get involved. Its easy to stick to the easy medium of facebook to poke in and out of the hobby, but when you get involved, the knowledge can be invaluable. Visit resource websites and engage with the hobby. Buying and selling passively on facebook does not contribute to the hobby.
- Go to an expo. Whether its the upcoming Expo in Chicago or other annual gatherings, it is a great opportunity to meet your fellow collector.
- Bury the hatchet. It is seldom that everyone sees eye to eye on a situation. Instead of holding a grudge over a disagreement, talk about it and see if common ground can be found. If there has been a misgiving, see if an apology or forgiveness can be found and attempt to understand each other and avoid repeating the past.
- Work together. There are far more people that deal in game worn jerseys that are not necessarily collectors than there are true collectors. Some try to take advantage, others just don’t know any better. If collectors work together, we can keep the wins in our community.
I am sure there will be more as we talk about this article, and we can build as we go, but these are just a few suggestions from some recent observations.
John Mazzucca writes in to tell us about his Cal Clutterbuck collection:
In 2013 I started collecting game worn jerseys, little did i know that later I would be collecting a player that I didn’t get to watch very often, but when I did I loved it. The style, the hits, the trash talking. I was hooked the last name was an interesting one. “Clutterbuck”. I know most people laugh at the name but I’ve found it to be one of the more interesting names in the NHL and he rocks a mustache pretty good.
Over the last four years, since Cal Clutterbuck has been with the New York Islanders, I have been able to meet him a few times and I guess in a way he knows me by now because of the jerseys. The first time I ever got to meet him in person was on April 8, 2014. I have to give props to my girlfriend who decided it would be a good idea to win his ‘off the back’ jersey. When I found out it was going to happen, I didn’t know how to react and had no idea what jersey to wear! I went back and forth between a few then decided on his Houston Areos jersey.
It was his last ever minor league jersey before he was a full time NHLer. That night, we got to the game and what do you know, he scores a goal and I will be on the ice getting that jersey. Finally I am out on the ice,
The Elmira Jackals of the ECHL posted a video yesterday of what it looks like getting ready for game day from the perspective of the equipment manager. Jermey Holloway put on a go pro to bring you this footage of his game day preparations, from laying you the jerseys and sharpening skates to making adjustments for players after warm-ups.
Brent Cover writes in to let us know about his player collection of Brian McGrattan:
I’ve been an enforcer collector for the last 20 years, collecting jerseys, sticks, gloves and helmets of hundreds of different enforcers. Dave Semenko. Dave Brown. Bob Probert. Tony Twist. Georges Laraque. Derek Boogaard. Brian McGrattan. Guys that all wore the unofficial crown of NHL heavyweight champion at some point in their career.
Sadly, this type of player has now been forced out of the game and only a few scattered fighters remain – the last of the true heavyweight enforcers who was recognized as champion was McGrattan. He was the last of his kind and we will probably never see another. This is why it was so important to me to collect McGrattan and I’ve been able to amass a collection of jerseys from his many stops in both the NHL as well as the AHL, acquiring at least one jersey from almost the majority of the NHL organizations for which he played.
2000-2001 Los Angeles Kings PS home – as a 19-year old, he played the preseason with the Kings before spending the remainder of the year in Mississauga.
Its no surprise to anyone that I collect Luke Glendening jerseys, but what many may not know or understand is WHY do I collect his jerseys. In this new series we will start writing at GameWorn.us, we will feature the stories behind WHY collectors that collect specific players choose to collect in that manner. I will start with my story.
I’ve been in Toledo all my life. I have always loved hockey but never played until I was 26. In Toledo, we had the Storm, then hockey went away for a while before it came back as the Toledo Walleye. I didn’t start collecting hockey jerseys until the summer of 2011, which was just in time to get my feet wet for the 2012-13 season when I would be able to witness the first player that severely peaked my interest.
Its easy to want to collect the big name players, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Shanahan, etc. Every once in a while you get to see something different. Something unique.
Luke Glendening began playing in Toledo in 2012-13. He scored 14 goals with 7 assists in the 27 games he played with the team, so he was definitely making an impact. Most games, he was easily identifiable as the hardest working player on the ice. His backstory revealed even more.