Spotting Counterfeit NHL Jerseys: 6 Ways

Counterfeit NHL jerseys: 6 ways to spot a fake

Locker Room in Halifax to stop selling some jerseys after counterfeit found

CBC News Posted: May 01, 2015 11:30 AM AT   Last Updated: May 01, 2015 11:30 AM AT

Which jersey tag is real? The one on the right is counterfeit. Tags are a bill tell in letting you know if you have counterfeit NHL jerseys.

 Which jersey tag is real? The one on the right is counterfeit. (CBC)

With the NHL playoffs in full swing, it’s not hard to spot fans donning their favourite team’s jerseys.

But can you spot a fake one?

A store in Halifax says it’s going to stop selling some jerseys after a BC Nova Scotia investigation revealed they were selling counterfeit jerseys.

The store owner says he didn’t realize the items were fake.

Counterfeit jersey. The hologram is also a sign if you have counterfeit NHL jerseys.

A real NHL hologram tag, such as this one, will change between NHL and LNH depending on how you hold it in the light. (CBC)

“A lot of people don’t know,” said Lorne MacLellan, a licensed apparel buyer for Cleve’s Source for Sports in Burnside.

“In identifying counterfeits, the best defence for fans is a good offense,” said Tom Prochnow, the NHL’s vice president of legal and business affairs.

Here are ways to spot a fake:

1. Match the vendor

MacLellan advising checking to make sure the jersey has the right vendor’s name.

For NHL gear it’s Reebok; for the NFL, Nike is their vendor; NBA jerseys are made by Adidas.

“They should have those labels on to begin with,” he said.

2. Is there a hologram?

Every licensed NHL jersey is sold with a hologram on the hang tag, says Prochnow.

Make sure the tag switches from NHL to LNH — for La Ligue nationale de hockey — when rotated in the light.

3. Workmanship

The NHL says beware of ripped tags or irregular markings on apparel.

“You can see threads hanging or the crest isn’t on particularly straight, that kind of thing,” said MacLellan.

MacLellan says if you flip a real jersey inside out you’ll see the crest is sewn directly to the material using thousands of stitches. If the numbers and logos are nylon crests sewn on, then it’s a fake.

White or beige fabric on the back of a logo is a good sign it’s a fake, according to the Montreal Canadiens counterfeit site.

4. Fabric

MacLellan says there will be a difference in the texture of the material between a fake jersey and a real one.

With a counterfeit, the material is “usually a lot thinner,” he said.

Reebok tag. Check the spelling to see if you have counterfeit NHL jerseys.

A tag on the counterfeit jersey reads, “Advanced athletic pereormance.” (CBC)

5. Be wary where you buy

The NHL recommends shopping at legitimate retailers instead of buying items from street vendors, flea markets, overseas websites or “other questionable sources.”

“It’s the same premise as everything else. If the deal is too good to be true, then you better watch out for it,” said MacLellan.

6. Run a spellcheck

On the fake jersey bought by CBC, there was a spelling error on the tag.

If you see text such as “Advanced athletic pereormance,” that’s a good indicator of a counterfeit.

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More Counterfeit NHL Jerseys

This article is a great piece of information if you’re looking for an authentic, premier, replica or practice jersey.  This article does a great job of explaining what to look for in order to avoid getting stuck with counterfeit NHL jerseys.  I don’t really see any way of stopping it.  The counterfeit business is too big.

Some of the comments on this article do make sense.  A lot of the respondents said they would take a fake because the real ones are too expensive.  Another guy said he would wear the real ones if he got paid.  He compared it to a billboard.

Take a look at the NHL jerseys blog because it goes over what the differences are in how they are made.  With this article and knowing how each style is made you are in a great position to tell if you are looking at counterfeit jerseys or the real thing.


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