When A Jersey Is More Than A Jersey

Sometimes jerseys find their way in to collections because of the team, the player, or a milestone, but sometimes a jersey can be much more than that.  This Scott Hannan jersey is one of those jerseys.

This jersey is a 2010-11 Red Set 2 jersey from the Washington Capitals.  It was the last available 2010-11 Red Set 2 jersey left on Meigray.  It was worn at the Verizon Center 2/8/10 – 4/13/11.

This information is a very important piece as to why this jersey is special.  On March 11th, 2011, I was visiting my friend Matt in Washington DC where he lived at the time.  I love hockey, Matt hated sports (except for World Cup Soccer).  I just happened to look up the Washington Capitals schedule and see that they were playing at home, and I somehow managed to convince him to come.  It is the only NHL game Matt ever attended.

Matt was murdered last week.  I did not save my ticket stub, a program, or anything from that night.  It seemed insignificant at the time.  Matt and I watched this jersey on the ice for 19 minutes and 35 seconds that night.  This jersey is more than just a jersey.  This jersey is the strength of a friendship represented by the action of doing something you hate to spend time with someone you love.

In loving memory of Matthew Ryan Hanson.