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The Legend of Jackets in Hockey

by Pete Weber / Nashville Predators

Fashion has always been a concern in hockey, especially for those who present the game to you on television. Thus as we are in the holiday time of year – and you may still be looking for THE gift for the hockey fan in your life, I thought I would try to give you some ideas.

Years ago, when I was working for the Buffalo Sabres, we had an annual April Fool’s telecast (not that it differed THAT much from our regular fare). As part of it, we had our Sabres TV blazers – brilliantly resplendent in gold, (OK, a little like the Century 21 realtors, I admit). Take a look at those blazers here.

You know the phrases: “Clothes make the man” is popular. Another from my days working in South Bend, Indiana: “One man tells another.” That was the slogan for Gilbert’s Menswear and those were the people that made me worthy of Slapshot!’s Jim Carr in this photo to the right.

You need to know this, the salesman assigned to me actually put this ensemble together for me: jacket, shirt, tie and slacks. Who knows how much I paid for it in 1974, but with the sponsorhip deal WNDU had with Gilbert’s, this picture was used when I phoned in reports to the station.

My good friend at the Associated Press, former Washington Capitals public relations man Dave Ferry, took the original WNDU photo and paired me with the Voice of the Charlestown Chiefs. Truly two hockey contemporaries from the 1970s!

I haven’t seen that jacket in many years now, except photographically. I wonder where it went? Some of you men know what happens when you get an item of clothing that is just so comfortable, you never want to get rid of it, right?

That brings us to another mystery. See this picture of the 1989 Calgary Flames, celebrating their winning of the Stanley Cup at the Forum in Montreal?

The jacket worn in the lower right corner by Terry Crisp turned out to be his lucky jacket that season, right through the winning of the Cup in Game Six on May 25, 1989. Guess what? Terry hasn’t seen it since! He would like to find it. I would like to find my “Jim Carr” jacket as well! I still have my Sabres’ jacket, but my collection will not be complete without the other.

Speaking on Terry’s behalf, we both would like to offer cash rewards for their returns. The conditions of the jackets will be taken into consideration as we calculate those rewards! Believe me, getting them back would make it a Very Merry Christmas for the both of us!

We hope you have a great holiday too!

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