Jersey Fouls: Islanders’ license to ill; Alec Martinez tribute

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, email a photo to us at for inclusion in future installment.


Sometimes you get those Fouls that you know are Fouls but you can’t help but respect.

Like a New York Islanders jersey that blends an endorsement of their arena move with a tribute to the Beastie Boys.

From Brian:

Saw this at the Isles home opener.  It will be, undoubtedly, the first of many Brooklyn references this year.  Just hoping this is re-purposed Brad Isbister jersey and not a Clutterbuck.

R.I.P. Adam Yauch

(Coming Up: Carl Hagelin Fouls, flipping for Hurricanes, Jazz Hands and a simply terrible ‘69’ Sweater.)

And here … we … go.

No idea how Carl Hagelin became this year’s Jersey Foul inspiration, but apparently that’s the case. Exhibit A is this peculiar creature, who put the name and number of a New York Rangers forward on his New Jersey Devils sweater, and no doubt caused many a conundrum at Prudential Center as to whether or not punching him the face would be like friendly fire. (via reader Lauren)


Speaking of punches to the face, here’s a Rangers fan that’s decided to turn the plucky forward’s name into “SWAGELIN.” (via Kara)

He also appears to be busting a sag, as if that wasn’t already inferred.

David Biggs brings forth this Foul from Raleigh. In fairness, the Carolina Hurricanes logo is such that when turned upside-down, we’d say 7-out-of-10 people aren’t going to notice it.


Alternative theory: He’s Australian, and hence thinks the Hurricanes logo flushes in the opposite direction.

Reader Sam brings us this Protest Jersey, which is a creative way to repurpose (and get over your residual angst for) a Marty St. Louis jersey. Here No. 26 is transformed into a No. 86 Nikita Kucherov sweater through the magic of tape.

And hey, as of Thursday night, he’s only 933 career points away from St. Louis on the franchise scoring list! Soon, MSL will be an afterthought!

The Los Angeles Kings have gained a fair share of new fans in the last couple of year, which means we’ve now seeing a fair share of fresh Fouls. Look no further than this Alec Martinez Foul, sent in by PumperNicholl, which is actually a Tribute Jersey for his Cup-clinching goal against the New York Rangers.

Personally we see more Koko B. Ware “Birdman” or “Walk Like An Egyptian” than “Jazz Hands,” but who are we to quibble?

From James W. of Alberta:

This is the absolute WORST ever jersey I have ever seen!

The guy wore it to Rexall Place in Edmonton for the last game of the season on Sat, 12 Apr. 2014 vs. the Canucks. It was Ryan Smyth's last NHL game which made it even more embarrassing!

Hey, listen, buy a knockoff jersey if you’d like. Your prerogative, do whatchu wanna do.

But maybe – and this is just a suggestion – take a look at the actual jersey before purchasing one on which the numbers look like they’ve been stung by a bee.

Speaking of knockoffs, via Henrietta:

Found this one in Melbourne, Australia at the Queen Victoria Markets. Don't know what Fleury would say about this.

We’re more interested in knowing that the Aussie in the No. 87 Thomas Greiss jersey is thinking …

And finally …

Well that’s descriptive. Thanks, reader Tim D.