NHL will attack the ‘explosion’ of fake jerseys
The National Hockey League announced Thursday that it will attack a scourge threatening the game and its fans. No, not the head shots that have sidelined its No. 1 star, and not the fighting that has become a growing embarrassment with the off-season deaths of three former brawlers.
Tom Prochnow, NHL vice-president legal and business affairs, said the league has seen an “explosion” in the presence of counterfeit jerseys in the past three years, and nowhere is the problem worse than in Montreal.
“Our concern is we don’t want fans stuck with substandard merchandise,” Mr. Prochnow said in an interview before a news conference at the Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens. “The quality of counterfeits is by and large really bad. You get what you pay for. T-Shirts fall apart after you put them in the wash for the first time, jerseys are sewn together poorly, the colours are wrong. Sometimes there are even misspellings on the back of the jerseys.”
So far this year the league has worked with law enforcement in the United States and Canada to seize $1-million worth of fake jerseys.