Ugly Sweater Weather

Let’s be honest. It’s time to retire the “ugly Christmas sweater” idea. The universe knows it, Santa knows it. My retinas certainly know it. But how can we be absolutely sure it’s time to kick a trend to the curb?

The NHL has fully adopted it.


Two-star rating? Keep it at full price.


Whew. That’s what the hangover feels like after you’ve been roofied at a party in the Hot Tub Time Machine.

hot tub

Here, hold my quilted parka.


They had some ugly sweaters last season, but now there are 202 options. Once the NHL gets hold of something, you know it’s a) well past cool and b) never going away. The ugly NHL holiday sweater is your new Nickelback, and Bettman is not sorry.

Since they’ll be dusting these off annually until Ryan Nugent Hopkins looks at least 25 (so, 40 years for now), let’s see how the doomed (that’s us) will fare.




This Rangers sweater is too ugly even for the Rangers. It’s the belligerent flag of whatever America Donald Trump is trying to create. Is he the reviewer who gave it 5 stars? Who bought so many that it’s one of the few holiday sweaters NOT on sale?


Now with enhanced action puck


Black and yellow… snow. That’s the color of this yarn – faded pee. I bet it’s custom dyed, the NHL is so committed to making fetch this happen. On the bright side, if you’re buying a gift for the Penguins fan you want out of your life, it’s on sale!


It’s like he signed your chest.


Sweet sassy molassy. Did Toews approve this? Or did his contract allow the NHL to put his image on “urinal cakes or Christmas sweaters, but not both”, and he’d been hopefully searching for his face in every bar bathroom in Chicago? I hope they make this in exxxxxxtra-small for his dog. (That would be retail price, obviously: $79.99.)


Beep bloop.


The Blues sweater takes the 1980’s throwback look seriously – as seriously as a low-res tube TV with the color balance turned off. I can hardly see this thing, even while squinting, at yet its impenetrable color palette does nothing to lessen the overall horror. It’s like a really, really depressed R2D2, painted by Picasso.

sad r2



Of course, there’s also such a thing as too bright:


Sharp cheddar


FEW LEFT! But why? The orange color was recalled to alleviate a worldwide shortage of road cones? They ran out of the radioactive dye injected into bloodstreams to find heart problems? All I know is, I’m never eating carrots again.

What if you got this Bruins Bergy facesweater for Christmas:


Hello… FACE!


Is it so horrible that you’d buy this to wear over it?


Look into my B…


I’d say yes, but I’m pretty sure if you stare at that vest long enough, a 3D image of Bergy’s face leaps out and bites you. Just think: layers warm enough for a Boston winter, and just $113.98! Order yours today!

Please note Bergy’s facesweater is $8 more than Toews’ facesweater, which is the same price as Crosby’s. I bet this is how the NHL will conduct 2016 All-Star voting.




This. This looks less like an NHL Ugly Lightning Sweater and more like something you’d buy in China, wherein all the pieces are known images and letters, but their combination makes no sense.


Smells like team spirit


Apparently lightning bolts were too non-denominational, and had to be replaced by reindeer. But panthers (that look like elephants) and coyotes (that, in knit, look like the poop emoji), are acceptable representations of Christmas spirit.

panthers coyotes

Why does the Florida one need to say Florida?


Not hurricanes, though. They get reindeered. Man, what do extreme weather phenomena have to do to make the nice list?


Intern Jeff’s office attire


Notice the NHL replaced the Predator with candy canes…


Official hockey team of IKEA


Presumably because the real Predator eats reindeer, and also opposes the NHL expansion to its home planet of Yautja Prime.

Mmm, candy canes.

Mmm, candy canes.


It’s not just trends the NHL gets right every time. They always seem to have great women’s gear too! [sarcasm font] Check out these gems:


“Eyelash” style, because it feels like you have one in your eye.


They’re not out of focus, they’re fuzzy! Because the NHL loves us and wants us to be single forever  die alone  be warm and cozy! Which is why they’ve reduced the price from $80 to $40, for something I’d use to wax my car.


A really sharp eyelash.


And ugly sweaters are not just for humans. Oh no! The NHL wants to ensure that bears and monkeys have no friends…

bruins bear

Society for the Prevention of Ugly Sweaters to Animals


And they figure you might as well look frightening in the morning, since you woke up alone anyway.

isles slippers

You may be lonely, but at least you’ll be warm.


There are many more teams and options available at In fact, two more items were added overnight, since I began this post. Someone is counting page clicks in single digits, riotously adding ugly sweater gear because someone – ANYONE! – has been browsing there.

Er, I actually like these.

Er, I actually like these.


Of course, if you’ve bought, gifted or received one of these items, you have gotten everything right. They are supposed to be ugly! This post is merely a testament to their success. And the NHL will keep them in fashion long after your favorite player leaves the team for which you bought a jersey with his name on it.

May you have many holiday occasions on which to wear your Ugly NHL Sweater, filled with cheer. Just watch the booze, because these patterns could take you from tipsy to trashed in the blink of a squinted eye.  You’ll end up slurring drunken hockey nonsense to anyone in shouting distance.

Which has never, ever happened to us.


I love hybrid icing! It’s like tag for slow people who are cheaters!


Finally, next year we suggest the NHL have a big marketing meeting to discuss how to continue selling nothing, ever, to anyone. Perhaps a brilliant, fresh idea will spring to mind. “Keep Calm and Crosby On,” anyone?


I hate that phrase far more than any sweater.


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  1. Last year my friend bought me a Taylor Hall Bleacher Creature (which sits on my shelf and reminds me of the puppet from Saw). This year I am fearing that Toews sweater *shudders.* She’s really into gag gifts.

    • Pants Reply

      If you get it, we demand photos of you wearing it all over town for a day.

  2. I can’t lie – I kinda like the Ugly Sweater Mug. Only $7.99 AND you can take the ugly sweater off it if you want? Not a bad deal. Hahaha

    • Pants Reply

      It keeps your coffee warm! It’s eco-friendly! The NHL knows what the people want.

  3. AAUUUGGGGHHH it never ends!!! Although I’m tempted to get the Lightning one just because it’s so….out there. I wonder if there’s a Stamkos one??

    • Pants Reply

      There is no Stamkos facesweater, I looked. For your birthday.

  4. Cassy Reply

    I want all the Bruins ugly stuff. It will go with my truly hideous Bruins winter hat. I know my friend Sanna would also like it – it will go well with her Bruins scarf and mittens that I got her in Boston as a Christmas gift.

    Which she was totally delighted with. I had to stop her stealing my hat.

    PS she and her husband have truly hideous winter wear for a local Scottish team, the Braemore Clan. Fortunately my local team haven’t yet got in the swing of merchandising yet.

    PS 2 – a sweater with BERGY on it? Be still my beating heart!

  5. “I love hybrid icing! It’s like tag for slow people who are cheaters!”

    WUYS captions are the best captions.

  6. Fatema Reply

    NHL’s getting WAY into ugly sweater, they are ugly in this case

  7. My retinas will never be the same.

  8. I’m a little (read: WAY) behind on my reading here…

    I’ve been laughing at this line for 10 minutes…”did his contract allow the NHL to put his image on “urinal cakes or Christmas sweaters, but not both”, and he’d been hopefully searching for his face in every bar bathroom in Chicago?”

    It’s things like this that are the reason we’re friends