These Bootlegged Winter Classic Jerseys are Not Real

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Here’s a little tip: China bootlegs things. They bootleg movies, music, jewelry, purses, sunglasses, clothes, and… jerseys. Lots of them.

If you remember, a few weeks ago, our far east friends managed to retroactively kill off Jeff Carter (Holmgren is still trying to get his hands on this technology) by placing Wayne Simmonds’ name on 2010 Winter Classic jerseys. They do this because they can.

Anyway, since then, a number of you have sent me – either through Twitter or email – links to the above jersey, which was rumored to be the Flyers’ Winter Classic sweater and has now has found its way into Chinese factories.

It’s not real.

While they could eventually wear something similar, the Winter Classic has still yet to be officially announced. Therefore, the NHL and the Flyers have most certainly not started to produce (and perhaps even design) the jerseys. 

A few months back, when they first surfaced online, I checked with a few folks to ask about their legitimacy. The response I got was that A) they are not real and B) it wouldn’t make a ton of sense for a team with a rich history like the Flyers to honor a now defunct 80-year-old organization. Not to mention the jerseys are ugly and look like a byproduct of The Hamburglar fucking a pumpkin.

As always, I appreciate all of your tips and heads ups – even the ones I don’t run – but please please stop sending me this. Since my half-assed Yahoo! spam filter already blocks most of the emails from my girlfriend, if it starts filtering out all emails containing the words winter and classic, it’s going to be a very long winter for me- both personally and professionally.

Also, you should probably never trust sites named “Yukiijersey.” It just sounds like something Yoshi would say as he hurls a banana at Mario’s head.

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  • ALmighty August 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    even if i was on the team i wouldn’t f’n wear that. thats ugly as hell

  • ALmighty August 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    for some reason it reminds me of candy corn, and i fucking hate candy corn

  • J.T. August 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    What fucked up version of Mario Kart were you playing?! Yoshi hurling bananas AND Mario’s head?! Wow. Must have been a bootlegged version…

  • Kyle Scott August 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    damn typos

  • John Pinkerton August 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Those came from a mock up someone did for Icethletics. They do concept jerseys over there all the time for fun but they always clearly labeled as an artists concept and not NHL official. There’s a Rangers jersey from the same concept. They even stole the guys Winter Classic logo concept.

  • Andy (San Diego) August 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ugliest hockey sweaters ever. No thanks.

  • Pie face Sam August 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Fuckin Chinks

  • Nicole August 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Oh we can comment on this apparel. How interesting…

  • Joe August 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    The fake fake Winter Classic Jerseys will be collectibles. Hot items to have in a few years.

  • DoomHooligan August 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Ohhhh, they’re real, alright. REAL FUCKING UGLY.
    I do, however, want to see pics of some Chinese people on the street in Beijing actually wearing these pieces of shit. THAT would be fun. China needs an Olympic hockey team! ROR!

  • Tracy August 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    “Hamburglar fucking a pumpkin”….HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • NickFromGermantown August 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I know what you mean. Why does Philly Phaithful always put their logo everywhere? I mean, I get why, but it’s just tacky…

  • Kyle Scott August 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    nick- it’s business. talk to nike, adidas, et al

  • Iron Balls McGinty August 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    “Fucking a pumpkin”
    Got your wee little mind on your lassie again, eh Laddie? Hahahahahahah

  • George August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm


  • NickFromGermantown August 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    lol, that’s why I said I get why they do it. In general though, I don’t find their brand to be anywhere near as strong as their competitors in terms of creative design. So, I guess I find it ironic ultimately that their product is so branded. That’s all. They do have some good stuff. The “Philly Never Stops Fighting” ones are really good though.
    Wonder what they are going to do with their “Shorthanded Assassin” shirts. I liked that design a lot, but at this point they are only nostalgic… :-/

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