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Pink Jerseys? No Thanks.

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This year, the NHL unleashed a new line of women’s clothing that, in my opinion, should all be burned. I know for a fact that most women would rather wear an actual jersey than one of these terribly ugly pink or baby blue jerseys.

A long time reader gives her two cents:

The new pink/blue/sparkly jerseys make me want to bash someones head in. The very idea that women don’t want ot wear their team colors is insulting. The colors are there for a reason, they’re supposed to be something to have pride in. Pink and blue makes you a generic fan, not a fan of your team. Why do all female things ahve to be shiny/sparkly/pink or even “cut for a female form?” Just give us the same [gosh darned] clothes as the men in [smaller] sizes! Many of us would be very, very grateful.

It just seems to me that if you’re going to wear sports stuff, shouldn’t you wear it in your teams’ colors? Yes. I have a green Bruins hat (but at least it was a free giveaway for st. patrick’s day).

The team colors are there for a reason so you might as well make use of them. And honestly, what do pink and baby blue have to do with hockey? Nada. (Ed. Note: ) Make womens clothing that is relevant to being a sports fan because we’ll wear it.

I get it, the NHL is trying to broaden its fan base. They’re trying to market themselves to the girly-girls. But honestly, the only girly-girls that are coming to games are being dragged there by their boyfriends. Plus, true female hockey fans wont cover their eyes and scream in horror every time this happens:

Maybe this is part of the reason they are trying to minimize fighting in the league. Which brings up the question of why would the NHL be trying to soften the game of hockey, and in turn alienating the traditional hockey fan, in order to pull in a demographic that, frankly, doesn’t care?


About the author:  Eric is a lifelong Rangers fan and is currently studying Computer Engineering at Hofstra University. You can follow him on Twitter: @5holeEric


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5 Comments

  1. See, that all makes sense to me, except that I have a good friend who’s the biggest Yankee fan ever- she can rattle off statistics like nobody’s business, and she knows what she’s talking about. She also likes pink. If she wants to wear a pink jersey, she has every right to, and she’s not a generic fan, so what about that?

  2. I hope there’s a girly girl out there somewhere who likes hockey. Also, you should try kids-sized jerseys if you want “the same [gosh darned] clothes as the men in [smaller] sizes!”

  3. What I hate the most is that the NHL seems to think that putting glitter on shit makes it instantly attractive to female fans. Everyone knows, glitter is the herpes of the craft world. Clearly, the NHL wants to give us herpes. That is the only conclusion I can draw from this merchandise selection. We already have a DP locked in for 15 years, we don’t need herpes too.

    (p.s. I wear kids jerseys :) They’re cheaper too!)

  4. I hate the pink jerseys, with a passion. If they want to be girly, go bedazzle an ugly shirt, let’s not mess with the jersey’s. That’s like sacred ground.

    Last season the NHL did start making “women’s jersey’s” however, that are the actual jersey’s colors, just more ‘fitted’

    I still prefer the men’s jerseys though, but own a couple of the women’s because they’re cheaper.

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