(In case you missed the first part of this two-part series please check out the original post here.)
Let’s begin this post with this image. I think it sets the mood quite well.
It look just a little longer than Denver Athletic had originally promised, but that’s okay, their work is always worth the wait. The jerseys are in and they look beautiful. The delay was from a few Colorado Avalanche and Denver Cutthroat roster moves that led to some rush orders for jerseys for the teams. When it comes to customers I know the pros are always going to have priority. It’s just one of the realities of dealing with a big-time lettering company who deals with big-time customers.
So without further ado here are the pictures and a little information behind each jersey I had made in this order. Let’s begin with the two jerseys that needed the most attention to become what that are now.
2012 Gabriel Landeskog NHL debut jersey. First, the blank version of the jersey that’s currently worn on the ice by the players is pretty much impossible to get on eBay, NHL.com, MeiGray or anywhere else. Next, the “21” patch was worn in one game only, opening night of the 2012-2013 season. I purchased three of the Peter Forsberg night patches close to opening night last season. One sure fire way to know that a jersey sickness exists is to buy the patches for jerseys that haven’t been acquired yet. Those of you that know my collection well will be beyond shocked to know that I have put the patch before the jersey many, many times. My solution? I bought two Patrick Rissmiller game issued jerseys from MeiGray a few months ago, had the name plates and numbers stripped off the jerseys, and had Denver Athletic make the newly blank jerseys into the Landeskogs you see below. I swore, at one time, that I would never do this to game worn or game issued jerseys, but when it’s time to get a Landeskog (like when he’s named captain of your favorite NHL team) or two in the collection it’s time to get a Landeskog or two in the collection by any means necessary. We’ll just call this mission accomplished.
2013 Gabriel Landeskog Blue Alternate. Don’t mind the spots on the image of the front of this jersey. That’s just my brilliant photography skills. He’ll debut this jersey (wearing the Captain’s “C”) at some point when he returns from his recent injuries.
2005-2006 Rob Blake Burgundy Alternate. This finishes off the players in my collection that wore the Captain’s “C” and the Alternate Captain’s “A”s for that season. (The other players, in case you were wondering, were Joe Sakic and Ian Laperriere.) I love the way the two details look next to each other on the upper left chest.
2006-2007 Paul Stastny Burgundy Alternate. He wore this number on the alternate in one game (October 14, 2006) before he switched to his current 26. If I have a reason to make a jersey I make a jersey. I love jerseys with stories. This jersey has a great story behind it.
2001 Milan Hejduk Stanley Cup Jersey. Hejduk represents one of the two players from that championship team that are still playing in the NHL. (The other is Calgary’s Alex Tanguay.) 1000+ games with the Avalanche and one of my favorite Avalanche players of all time. This will look great hanging next to the many other Hejduk jerseys I already have in my collection.
2000-2001 Rob Blake White. I purchased the blank jersey with the 2001 All-Star patch already applied. The patch is about an inch or two too close to the piping in the right side of the chest. I’m still trying to decide whether that patch placement bothers me enough to have it removed and replaced in its proper position. In the jersey game, as in sports and in life as well, inches count. We’ll see. I’m leaving it where it is for now.
2000-2001 Chris Drury Burgundy. Chris Drury was clutch. He scored some huge goals wearing this style jersey during the 2001 Stanley Cup run. You can never go wrong with Chris Drury jerseys. Just ask any veteran Avs fan.
And last, but definitely not least, a 2001 Shjon Podein Burgundy Stanley Cup Jersey. I have a white version of this jersey in my collection already and it was lonely. What can I say? I strive to keep my jerseys happy and satisfied.
So there you have it from beginning to end. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end when your jerseys look like this. If you have any questions or I can help you in any way just be in touch: Leave a comment here, send me a message or create a post on The AHP Facebook page, or contact me on Twitter at @AvsHkyPodcast.