I don't have a Montreal Canadiens sweater to wear. On Jersey Day at work, I wear a Habs t-shirt. When I go to games, I can't get geared up in my team's colours.
That's not to say I don't have a sweater. I do. I just can't wear them. I have a vintage 1987 polyester number with "Roy" ironed on the back, in a youth's size small. It's seen many playoff games and briefly ended up in the trash one time after a particularly painful elimination by the Bruins. I have a great Bob Gainey sweater...autographed...given to me by my non-hockey watching spouse for Christmas a few years ago. Unfortunately, it was accidentally ordered in size extra large, and unreturnable because it's customized. And I have a beautiful Plekanec game-worn sweater (with matching turtleneck)...also autographed. Only problem is, you can't really wear a game-worn item around the house. Also, although Pleks is a "smaller" guy, his sweater is not.
So, I was thinking the other day, I should probably buy a Habs sweater I can actually wear to annoy leaf fans at work. That decision made, I opened my email this morning to a message from the NHL shop that they're customizing sweaters for free...today only. The new question is, whose name do I get?
Some people get their favourite current player, which is great unless that player gets traded or otherwise let go. How many fans have Komisarek, Higgins or Petrov sweaters buried in the back of their closets? With Plekanec, I'm probably safe for a long while, but you never know.
Other people put their own names on their sweaters, which is fine in a "to each his own" kind of way, but it doesn't feel legit to me. Some leave it blank and let the logo on the front stand alone, representing every player and every fan. That's a great symbolic thing to do, but when the customizing is free...well...it's hard to pass up a good deal.
Perhaps it's best to go vintage. A great Hab is a great Hab, and that can't be changed. Unless he's found guilty of perjury or something like that. That might take the bloom off the rose a bit. Sigh. So many choices, and only ten hours to decide.