Three weeks ago at the Winter Classic, the NHL’s brand protection officers, working jointly with Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Anti-Terrorism/Contraband Enforcement Unit, and the Detroit Police, seized more than $700,000 in counterfeit hockey gear – fake jerseys, hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs. They also arrested five people, and then, to let the world know they meant business, they released a statement.
“Around every major sports event in this country, we always see a sharp spike in counterfeit merchandise as criminal groups try to exploit the enthusiasm of fans,” said special agent Marlon Miller. “They use inferior materials to pump out lookalikes that do not benefit the teams, the players or the associations that have trademarked these goods.”
Suffice it to say, the NHL takes unlicensed merchandise very, very seriously.
As for the people making it, not so much. You’re looking at a flat-brimmed, black-and-yellow throwback Canucks hat, spotted at a Malaysian mall by travel blogger Peter Korchnak. According to this hat, the Canucks play in VANCOUAER.
Korchnak sent the hat to Puck Daddy, who shared it on their Tumblr.
Again, that’s Vancouaer, which is just crazy. Everybody knows the only acceptable spelling is Vancougar.
If you see any other unlicensed gear fails, by all means, send them our way.