Jersey Fouls: Should a Dallas fan really wear an Avery sweater?

Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul  in your arena, e-mail a photo to us at for inclusion in future installments.

From Puck Daddy reader Tyler:

"Hey man, I read your pass or fail section about jerseys, and I saw this guy at the Stars game last night against the Sabres. He had a Sean Avery jersey. This was in the line on the way to the bathroom, and I actually cut these people in line just to get a good shot of this."

There are no automatic jersey fouls committed by this Dallas Stars No. 16 Sean Avery sweater: real player, spelled correctly, right number and a team he actually played for.

Where it gets dicey is if this Dallas fan should wear his Avery jersey. If it's a protest of Avery's NHL witch-hunt suspension and immediate scape-goating by the Stars, give it a pass.

If it's someone who can't bear to face the fact that his $180 for an Avery Dallas jersey was money about as well-spent as $15.5 million over four-years for a light-scoring pest ... that's a fail, partner.

Not as epic a fail as this next jersey, however.

Puck Daddy reader Ryan sends in this image of a Mike Cammalleri ... er, "Commalleri" Los Angeles Kings jersey from eBay.


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Jersey Foul Prevention Rule No. 8: Always spell the player's name correctly.

Jersey Foul Prevention Rule No. 46: Always use capital block-letters when filling out forms for jersey personalization; we're not exactly a CSI unit over here, but this has lowercase "o" mistaken for an "a" written all over it. Hey, at least the number's correct, right?

Finally, this image comes from Puck Daddy reader Jill at a Pittsburgh Penguins home game against the Anaheim Ducks. A Web search for "Bodewin" and "Anaheim Ducks" returned no results, but you probably already knew that. There is, of course, a No. 8 on the Ducks named Teemu Selanne; this is thing is hideous enough to make him change it. After he ralphs.

As Jill wrote along with the photo: "It's amazing how much money people will spend these days to look like an idiot in public..."

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