Let’s talk jerseys: Which ones we have, which ones we want, and oh hey there’s a sale

You know what’s a good way to get a bunch of hardcore Flames nerds excited? The revelation that jerseys are on sale.

This makes sense: after all, with the upcoming switch to Adidas next season, every jersey currently worn by NHL teams will become out of date. That doesn’t mean the new looks will be wildly different, but a mass switchover does mean there are going to be a lot of outdated items in stock that will have to go at some point.

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Anyway. In our own little FlamesNation channel, Mike Fail noticed jerseys were on sale, and that set off a number of us yelling about jerseys for nearly a solid hour. We got pretty into it, and so figured: hey, why not bring the jersey conversation to the blog?

So! Here we are. Are you a jersey nerd? Have you got a collection of ever-growing Flames jerseys, or just one or two reliable ones to wear in and out throughout the season? Any jerseys you own have any particularly special meaning to you, or come about in a unique way? We wanna hear your jersey stories, because it’s a Sunday in May and it’s something fun to do.

Ari: I’ve got nine Flames jerseys: regular home versions of Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton, and Sven Baertschi (the only jersey I’ve ever picked up, like, right away. I got him to sign it after an AHL game in Toronto, too), an away Robyn Regehr, two retros in Craig Conroy and Mikael Backlund, and a blank Ol’ Blasty (the fire snot horse) that a friend of mine pointed out to me was available for $37 on Etsy. I don’t know if I’ll be getting a new Adidas one when they come out, due to a couple of factors (I wanna know what they look like, plus I already have three current players so I think I’m doing okay).

As a bonus, I’ve also got an away Team Canada Iggy from the Vancouver Olympics, and a regular Team Finland Kipper. I’ve also got a Hitmen Heritage Classic jersey; that’s it for me on the hockey front.

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Mike: Somewhere, in a box at my parents’ I think my first jersey – a Colorado Avalanche Joe Sakic jersey – exists. I grew up super poor so getting anything hockey related quickly become a coveted possession. Now I’ve managed to accumulate a decent collection of mostly Flames jerseys including: two blank retros, a Mikael Backlund home, retro Backlund, a retro Michael Frolik, a retro Matthew Tkachuk, and an autographed Joni Ortio retro.

In terms of non-Flames jerseys I have: a Patrice Bergeron Bruins home jersey, a Phoenix Coyotes original kachina, an Arizona Coyotes Tobias Rieder jersey, the god awful Dallas Stars mooterus, a Stadium Series San Jose Sharks jersey, a Team Belarus 2010 jersey, a blank Calgary Hitmen jersey, and one of those amazing Nike Team Canada jerseys.

Christian T: For Flames jerseys, I currently have a Sean Monahan home jersey, Mikael Backlund third jersey, a blank ’80s home retro, and a blank ’90s home pedestal jersey (I hope to get it lettered at some point; quite possibly #8 Valeri Bure, but I’m open for suggestion). I’ll also count my 2005 blank home jersey among the collection, although I’m no longer a youth and it doesn’t fit me anymore. I’m probably going to get a Tkachuk retro at some point, possibly when I have money.

Other hockey jerseys include a Ron Francis Hartford Whalers jersey, Mario Lemieux, and an Atlanta Thrashers Value Village find with the numbers ripped off for some reason. Other jerseys are NBA jerseys, which might be a little too off topic even for this post.

Ryan: I haven’t bought a lot of Flames jerseys in recent years so I don’t have too many recent jerseys – I have a blank vintage, a blank CCM road jersey, a blank Heritage Classic, a Dion Phaneuf CCM home jersey and Reebok Edge homes with Eric Nystrom and David Moss on the back. I’ve also collected jerseys from many of Calgary’s AHL affiliates, notably a Turner Elson Adirondack Flames road, a Carter Bancks Abbotsford Heat home, a blank Quad City Flames home and a blank Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights road jersey. In terms of non-Flames jerseys, I have a Jarome Iginla Penguins jersey I got at a heavy discount.

That’s just what some of us have – and again, we might be a little enthusiastic, but hey, what better way to show support for your favourite team and/or player? (Who could have possibly foreseen a group of FlamesNation writers all having Backlund jerseys?) True, it can be expensive, but if you’re into jersey collecting…

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I love hearing what jerseys others have, so please share in the comments! Feel free to share ones you’re thinking of getting as well, or ones you’re hoping to get in the future – say you’re waiting for a prospect to make the team, or something along those lines – and let’s get into the jersey love on this fine Sunday.

  • Puckhead

    Retro all the way.

    The European stylized ones the Flames used to wear were awful.

    The Ducks jersies really suck, possibly the worst in the NHL right now.

    I sheepishly admit to not owning any jersies since I stopped playing as a kid. If I were to buy one though, it would be a a toss up between Backlund, MT or Ferland.

  • Aadvarkian Abakeneezer

    I have one red Iggy jersey. That’s it.

    I suppose I could buy another one, but even on sale the price is a little extortionate for a freaking shirt. Hockey related purchases are always big splurge for me, so I’d rather spend the money on the few games a year I can afford to go to.

    The retros are awesome though. One of the best jerseys in the league.

  • sathome

    I have a blank third jersey, a blank home jersey from the ’04 run, and I just ordered a retro Gaudreau jersey on Friday.

    In non-Flames jerseys, I have (in youth sizes) a 90s Avalanche, 90s black Blackhawks, 2000ish Team Canada, and one of those black/red/white Sabres jerseys with the buffalo on it.

    • McRib

      I actually didn’t mind our most recent third jersey, other than the “Wal-Mart looking” wordmark,but the black shoulders and horizontal striping were sharp.

  • Sanintarious

    Oh man, here we go:

    Iginla- Red
    Bourque- Red
    Bourque game worn – White
    Backlund game worn – retro
    Gaudreau – red
    Bennett – retro
    Hamilton – white

    Next on the list is a Monahan and Tkachuk.

  • McRib

    Retro Pro Fleury, Retro Iginla, Red Giordano, Red Iginla, 1998 Canada Yzerman, 2002 Signed Canada Lemieux (spilt Dome Nacho Cheese at the Olympic Exhibiton game I got it signed, can’t wash), 2006 Canada Sakic (although I would like to forget the 2006 Olympics).

    I used to have an Iginla Rookie Jersey (with 24 on it, which I purchased on sale because he changed numbers), but a former friend borrowed it when we were younger before he was a “star” and then it was stolen off the friend.

    I am in the camp who would prefer to go full time to the retros, if we don’t I would like to see a refreshing of the current Reebok Edge Template, tired of the piping and vertical stripes.

  • ThisBigMouthIsRight

    Classic Red #14 Fleury, Classic white(no name/#) and the strange Black horse head jersey(no name/#) Oh and a couple t-shirts, ball caps & socks.. bottle opener etc…

  • ronipedia

    I have a home Regehr jersey I got in ’04
    I won a Phaneuf jersey in a bar in 2010. 12 hours later he had been traded to Toronto. Now it’s a Giordano jersey.
    I bought a retro Bennett jersey last year.
    I have a yellow Flames practice jersey that I think was worn by James Patrick
    Steve Yzerman Detroit jersey
    Steve Yzerman 2002 Team Canada jersey
    A CCCP Larionov jersey I got in Russia
    Prospects: a retro (love the retros) Backlund or TKACHUK.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I don’t have many…. It takes me awhile to make the leap.
    I was a huge fan of Iggy before I ran a promotion with him….. I ended up getting a black third jersey( with the horse) signed. I jumped on the Johhny fan train 3 years ago but must apologize for taking it off and throwing it on the floor during the playoffs.

    I have been watching a bit of Johnny at tha WC and he is a different player. It is time to pull the switch on a Hayes trade…their chemistry is undeniable. I think the cost would be reasonable. He finished 5 th in team scoring during the league but dropped significantly in the playoffs with only 3 pts in 12 games. Simply put… He makes Johnny shoot and be the trigger man.

  • King Quong

    Kipper, Phaneuf, Tkachuk, Ferland for regular home jerseys, Bennett Retro, Baertschi Third Jersey with the god awful wordmark (present from my dad didnt get to open it until after he was traded lol!) and my prized possession is my 1989 Fleury

  • mcardoza

    Pro away 90s fleury jersey, pro winter classic gio jersey, pro retro kipper with 30 anniversary patch, pro home and away 1.0 edge iggy jerseys, pro home rookie iggy jersey, game worn white langkow jersey with horse on the shoulders, pro gaudeau Walmart themed 3rd jersey, last is replica Atlanta flames jersey with my last name and number got it when I was 17. Oh yea forgot have a pro early 90s macinnis jersey back in Calgary in my parents house somewhere.

  • JumpJet

    I’ve got a blank retro and blank ’04 red, but my pride and joy is my signed Theo Fleury late ’90s white “pedestal” jersey. I’ve always like the amount of black on those jerseys, but the stripping is awful. Unfortunately it’s a youth size and I am no longer a youth. I’ve thought about getting it framed, but for now it lives in a closet.

  • Dannyw

    1996 red fleury
    2000 white brathwaite
    Horsehead iggy
    Horsehead Turek
    Rbk red aucoin
    Ccm red phaneuf
    Rbk retro Bennett
    Rbk red tkachuck
    Ccm vintage ATL flames Jim Craig
    2001 St. John flames white
    Heritage Classic iggy
    That be about it for flames

    Some of my most prized ones would be

    Pro cut islanders turgeon 1993
    Pro cut captain highlander kasperitus
    Pro cut islanders hextall
    Wild wing selanne
    Burger King Gretzky
    Pro cut Blackhawks white probert
    Pro cut avs Roy
    Pro cut Capitals cicerrelli
    Pro cut wings Larry Murphy
    Pro cut caps kolzag and bondra
    Tampa 3rd jersey from 1997 cicerrelli

    And many more no fakes lots of pro cuts rest replica or cmc vintage line
    I got a bit of an addiction

  • Got two Flames jerseys.

    First was my 2004 vintage red WARRENER 44. Got it in March before the big run. Was able to get it autographed by Warrener, Iginla, Kiprusoff, Turek and Donovan when I ran into the them at the Eau Claire Sheraton, where the team stayed during the third round. A stripper also signed it a week later late one night after ripping it up on the Red Mile. So that could impact its re-sale value.

    My wife got me a Reebok red Brodie 7 jersey this past year. Because she has good taste.

    Hoping for a red retro jersey at some point, though if they do a re-design in red-gold-white, I’d snag one of those.

  • brew22

    I love to collect jerseys so my collection includes:

    – Monahan and Gaudreau current flames
    – Ovechkin
    – Matthews
    – LA Kings no name
    – Patrick Kane retro style hawks
    – Jonathon Toews World Cup of Hockey
    – 2 Crosby 2010 Olympic jerseys
    – 2009? IIHF black team Canada no name signed by various members of 2010 olympic team
    – White 2010 olympic canada jersey no name
    – 1989 flames jersey no name
    – a bunch of other random flames and hitmen jersey’s

  • freethe flames

    I’m more interested in talking about who is wearing the team uniforms next year than who owns them. There was a good article by Haynes on some of the possible combinations the Flames could look at in net.

  • I have an old tiny vintage white Vernon jersey, my game-worns include pedestal logo Jeff Cowan from 1999/2000, Dave Lowry horsehead 2002/2003, and Robyn Regehr away white 2010/2011 (and according to my image research the last one he ever wore on the road for Calgary). Also have a Fred Brathwaite horsehead replica, a current home Iginla, a Heritage classic Iginla, retro red Iginla, pedestal red Theo Fleury, and a blank 2004 red home jersey. I need a current Flame and am leaning towards Bennett in retro red.

  • Sane Opinion

    I have a first iteration of the home red when they changed it. I got an iginla. I have an old blasty I won at a game, signed by stars of the 04 team, gretz and heudey also signed the hem. Thanks to your story today I just ordered a retro fluery 14. His last shootout in precseason was a cherished memory. Thanks!

  • RealMcHockeyReturns

    Great article, now lets get people’s design ideas. Perhaps start with theme (e.g. like Flames current but stripes moved…), colors (main red, second back, trim only white and yellow), and then let people go

  • Lucky 13

    Wow I love the Flames but seriously I only have 3 Jerseys.
    1989 Home- when home color was white
    1988 Away – Theo Fluery Jersey
    Red Vintage
    1993 CCM Away Jersey with my name and Fluery’s #14 on it.. was a gift from fellow firefighters when I left the service, plus they gave me one of the brass nozzles I dragged the shi* out of mounted on a hand made plaque..
    Other than that my collection consists of beer mugs, socks, pj’s and several hoodies that I use frequently.
    Gawd I wish I had the $$ to spend on jerseys.

    My favourite is still the retro ones… gives me warm fuzzies