We were talking yesterday about Patrick Kane’s rise to All-Star domination (save for one Latvian). Well on last week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry broadcast on NBC Sports Network, the broadcasters dropped another interesting piece of info:
Patrick Kane was the best-selling NHL jersey for 2014.
Surprised? I was, a little, I admit. Not Crosby, after his Hart-Art Ross-Lindsay-winning season? Well Sid was second on the list, and since he’s been in the League (and super high-profile) a few more years than Kaner, I figure most people (including myself) already have their Crosby jersey – or two, or three. Plus the introduction of Winter Classic/Stadium Series designs and sharp new third jerseys by so many teams gives the sales potential a steady pulse for existing fans year after year.
Of course, the Hawks sweaters are gorgeous. Their Stadium Series jerseys were the best of any team in 2014, and their third jerseys are so perfectly vintage-inspired that I want to wear one and sit on a windowsill while I miss Douglas Dorsey.
According to Puck Daddy (bless them, as I am too lazy to do my own research!), the rest of the top sellers after Kane and Crosby were Toews, Lundqist and Ovechkin. Sid was first last year, Kaner was #5 last year.
As 2015 starts, what can Patrick Kane do to maintain this top spot? We have a suggestion:
Yes, that’s real. Not a real jersey, but WUYS reader @toriewithanE made this dazzling gem on Skreened. See, that is what we love here: initiative! I said I was going to make a shirt, but Torie actually made it happen. We think it should be for sale, and count toward jersey sales. We could put his name and number on the back, but you’d never look past this:
That’s two days in a row I’ve included this picture in a post. You’re welcome.Chicago Blackhawks, patrick kane