Hockey Hilarity: Mother Tuckers

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Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more!

This week, I just can’t, it’s ridiculous…

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/09/15/alex-ovechkin-nhls-ban-on-jersey-tucking-is-stupid

The NHL has the best version of the best sport on Earth. I firmly believe that. I love the game of hockey and I absolutely love the NHL’s game, but sometimes I just don’t understand why the people that run the league want to change some of the things that set it apart from the other leagues. Player individuality is a big part of that. Can you really imagine Simon Gagne with an jersey flapping in the breeze behind him? What about Alex Ovechkin as he flies down the wing? Jaromir Jagr?

Players have tucked their jerseys into their pants for forever even if it has been against the rules for close to 50 years (http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26285 scroll down to section 9.5 if you want to read it). Wayne Gretzky was a tucker. Rod Brind’Amour did it. Doug Gilmour too. I’m all for players being more well protected in today’s fast pace, hard hitting game, but this one is a tough sell. I’ve never heard of a player getting injured because his jersey was tucked into his pants. To penalize a player and his team two minutes for wearing the jersey a certain way just seems silly. Does anyone see how an un-tucked jersey is safer as opposed to a tucked-in jersey?

Anyways, I guess we’ll just have to move on. If you can, please post your fondest memories of the jersey tuck, and the players who made it famous, as it will obviously no longer happen (sad face).

See you all next week!