Unlicensed gear fail: last we checked, the Canucks were not from ‘Vancouaer’

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.

9 comments

  1. Brent
    January 23, 2014

    Vancougar aka Roxy

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  2. J21
    January 23, 2014

    I wish you had posted this last week, when I was in Beijing — I could have given you a truckload.

    Both the Silk Market and Pearl Market have a whole slew of very current NHL merchandise, including Vancouver Millionaires jerseys for the Heritage Classic, the ‘Vintage’ line of NHL merchandise (Nordique, North Star and Whaler jerseys at least, plus a throwback Pavel Bure Canucks’ skate jersey), and even those black and green Canuck jerseys we’ve all forgotten about.

    Everything is personalized. The Canucks available were both Sedins, Kesler, Burrows and Bieksa. (No Luongo, interestingly). The vendor at the silk market even told me “we also have his brother” while showing me a Daniel Sedin jersey. I don’t think she knew any of the player names, but she immediately knew which numbers they had for the Canucks.

    The quality is about a 7/10. If you weren’t a fan of the team, you’d definitely think it was authentic (even the paper tags are there). But there are numerous giveaways to someone who knows the jerseys well. Some samples (like the Nordique one) were the wrong shade of color, while the knockoff producers seem to just have a hell of a time with the font the Canucks use. Which is weird, because it is about 99% FB Agency, available on any Windows system. So both player names and the “Vancouver” wordmark often looked a bit off.

    The spellings always looked right to me, though — not even any “Bieskas” to be had!

    Their starting asking price was usually around 600 reminbi (about $100 Cdn), which could easily be negotiated down to about 100-150.

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  3. Aaron
    January 23, 2014

    Hmm I wonder if the Vancouaer Canucks are any good?

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  4. Pavo
    January 23, 2014

    My best sighting so far this season was a guy strolling along Robson Street in a Canucks jersey – with # 10 and Johnson on the back.

    And yes, it was after #10 had been raised to the rafters.

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    • J21
      January 24, 2014

      That’s just a Ryan Johnson jersey. Player selection may be a bit weird, but he did wear #10 during his time as a Canuck.

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  5. zach
    January 23, 2014

    Just go to any Canucks game and you’ll see hundreds of counterfeit Canucks jerseys. They look so bad it makes me wonder why people spend money on them, especially when the tickets easily cost as much as a real jersey. I was even at a season ticket holder’s event the other day and saw tons of fake jerseys. I get that real jerseys are expensive and the team really doesn’t need the money but hey if you support the team you should buy a real jersey. Just my two cents.

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  6. tom selleck's moustache
    January 23, 2014

    Nice, but my favourite will always be the Canucks Poncho; that find was pure gold.

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  7. iain
    January 24, 2014

    they should shut down whatever sweat shop is producing these horrors:

    http://wpmedia.o.canada.com/2013/09/pic2.jpg

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  8. Cliche
    February 7, 2014

    Maybe it should have said Hongcouver.
    Even funnier is that the people selling it in China probably wouldn’t have got the joke.

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