I always followed the LA Kings since the early 70's and had the vintage purple & gold jersey. In 1988 when Wayne Gretzky came they changed their uniforms to the Silver & Black so I bought one of those. In 1998 when they changed their uniforms to the purple, black and silver. I was miffed at the prospect that I'd have to buy yet another jersey and that there was no jersey-stability! I looked at the silver & black jersey and in a rage ripped it down the midline. Then it came to me to do the same to my purple & gold jersey and have the opposite sides sewn together and that would be the jersey that I would henceforth wear to all hockey games. The patches were an after thought.The # 16 was an homage to my favorite player, Marcel Dionne. In fact he is the only one to ever sign my jersey. When we were at the 2001 Colorado NHL ASG I had the opportunity for Gretzky to also sign it, but instead opted for him to sign my ticket.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
While working on our 2011 Frozen Four Division 1 Project, in which we documented jerseys from every college we could possibly find at this year's NCAA finals in St. Paul, we came across one fan wearing the most unusual jersey of the literally thousands we saw over the course of the tournament.
The Puck Daddy blog, as part of their "jersey fouls" series, has dubbed this kind of creation "a Frankenstein jersey", in which two different jerseys are spilt down the middle with one half of each sewn back together to create a single new jersey with contrasting halves. We've seen various types of Frankenstein jerseys, in which a matched home and road jersey are put together to create a half white/half color jersey from a single team, two halves of jerseys from the same player who has played for two different teams, showing your admiration of say, Doug Gilmour, who used to be a Toronto Maple Leaf but was later a Montreal Canadien for example, or cases where a mother has two sons playing against each other in the Stanley Cup Finals and has taken half a jersey from each sibling and had them sewn together in order to support both without showing any favoritism, but we must say we thought it was somewhat odd to see two very different style jerseys from the same team joined down the middle, especially when it was bearing so many varied patches.
Knowing there must be a story behind his jersey we struck up a conversation with Dr. Ian Taras and asked him to explain the concept and origins of his creation. Here is his explanation: