This might come as a surprise, but the Vancouver Canucks haven’t always been the most stylish team in the NHL.
It took the Canucks a few tries before hitting the bull’s-eye with their jerseys; the yellow, orange and black sweater is a thing of the past, reincarnated as the blue, green and white uniform the team sports today.
Like the Canucks, we’ve all made questionable fashion decisions, some worse than others, but all unforgettable nonetheless.
Oddly enough ‘tis the season to revive these fashion monstrosities, especially the tacky holiday sweaters that have made us look our worst time and time again.
You know the sweaters, they’re typically wool and one single colour, with a hideous holiday scene or picture on the front and maybe even some leftover ugliness on the sleeves. They live in the back of closets or tucked away in the lowest of drawers just waiting for their time to shine.
To the dismay of some and the joy of others, that time is now.
GM Place will be home to the first ever Wacky Tacky Sweater Night, presented by Terasen Gas, on January 11, 2010. Fans attending the game between the Canucks and Nashville Predators are encouraged to wear the least trendiest, most outrageous sweater they can find; nothing too small or too big or too ugly will be frowned upon on this night.
The Canucks already know what sweaters they’ll be wearing against the Predators and they won’t be of the tacky variety. That doesn’t mean the players aren’t keen on dressing down when given the chance.
If time permits, the Canucks are trying to fit a sweater party into their holiday plans and no one will be more prepared for that than Tanner Glass, a veteran of the dreadful sweater who firmly believes “whoever invented these parties should be given The Nobel Prize it’s such a good idea.”
“I haven’t been back home for a few Christmases now, but I have some friends that have an annual Christmas sweater party, it’s not necessarily an ugly Christmas sweater party, but people usually take that into their own hands and go that route,” laughed Glass.
This Saskatchewan product used to put a lot of time and effort into the search for the perfect sweater and he believes that if you don’t have one by December, you’re probably too late.
“Most of the thrift stores where you can find some beauties are picked over by now. You could get lucky though, I found a sweater one time that had a big bunny on it and the bunny was dressed in a Christmas sweater on my sweater, that was pretty cool.
“I’ve seen some good ones over the years, some with bells hanging off of them or with bows and things like that. One guy one time had lights down the sleeves and then he had a Christmas tree on it that lit up. It had all kind of colours on it too, it was really impressive.”
We’ll have to take Glass’ word on that.
The only rule of wearing tacky holiday sweaters, according to Glass, is that they should never repeat from year to year because “it’s bad luck or something.”
Kevin Bieksa and Darcy Hordichuk won’t have a problem with that as they’ve never partaken in a holiday sweater party. But, as both players pointed out, they aren’t rookies when it comes to outfits revolting enough to induce sickness.
“I never wore them by choice,” smiled Bieksa. “As a kid I used to have the huge wool knit sweaters that I’d have to wear everywhere, but never willingly. Grandma used to make them all the time.
“I can’t think of one sweater in specific, they were all pretty ugly. You just do what you’re told, suck it up and wear it with a smile for grandma. But I didn’t know any better than either, I might have thought it was the style.”
Growing up Hordichuk was in the same boat as Bieksa and anyone out there with grandparents that just had an eye for the gruesome, but he wasn’t as willing to flash a huge smile while rocking a sweater he’d line a birdcage with.
“Usually I had the ones that are knitted with the reindeer coming across the front of your chest there and you’re kind of not sure if they’re cows or deer, but you wear it with a smile when the grandparents are around,” joked Hordichuk.
“The problem was that I’d give them a big hug and say thanks and they would be so happy to see that you love the sweater that the next Christmas they’d get me another one.”