The Alaska Aces' pink nightmare, other spooky Valentine's Day jerseys

Puck Daddy's own Justin Bourne played for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL in 2006-07 and gave his former team the new 2011 Valentine's Day jerseys, debuted on this Facebook page, on Saturday night, February 12th against the Stockton Thunder be worn.

So we asked him: How would you have reacted if you had gotten this sweater on game day?

“I don’t know if I can take the game seriously, let alone myself or my team,” he said. “It would make a mockery of my entire career.”

So positive, right? From Junkyard Athletic on their hockey gear, an ode to romance:

The Alaska Aces Professional Hockey Club of the East Coast Hockey League will wear this specially designed Junkyard Athletic jersey this Sunday evening, February 13th against the Stockton Thunder. Designed by our main doo Justin, the jersey was designed with the classic Valentine's Day greeting card look in mind. We created an embroidered Aces logo as well as custom SubliTWILL nameplates and numbers to maintain the feel of a traditional jersey by sewing these elements onto the jersey.

Some additional information from Marcelo Cordoba of Junkyard Athletic:

Fans are unaware that teams approve the designs of their “themed” jerseys; Either you create designs and send them to us, or we design them and you approve them. At the end of the day, they auction off the jerseys for charities in their area, and that in itself is the best part of a themed jersey program.

Somehow, in the end, this jersey is far too much and yet not enough. Stripes, hearts, more hearts, hearts over those hearts…too much. However, if you want to go that extreme, why not change the logo to, say, a growling bear dressed as Cupid?

With that we ask:

Pass or Fail: The 2011 ECHL Alaska Aces Valentine's Day Jerseys.

Ah, but the Aces are far from the only team to dabble in the pink around February 14th.

Witness …

According to Hockey Blog in Canada, this was the Bakersfield Condors' 2010 V-Day jersey:

The ECHL's Bakersfield Condors released the candy hearts and red and pink colors for their 2010 Valentine's Day jersey. The words on the candy hearts actually included well-known hockey phrases like “Go To The Net” and “He Shoots He Scores.” Perhaps the funniest part is the checkboxes for “Single” and “Interrogated.” At least Bakersfield knows how to have fun with these jerseys. Because of the great work they did and the fun they had with the jersey, I'm giving this a thumbs up. Well done, condors!

Well, it's definitely…thorough.

The 1996-97 IHL Las Vegas Thunder Valentine's Day jersey. Very close to being an improvement over their usual types.

Richmond Renegades (ECHL) '00-'01 Ryan Van Buskirk St. Valentine's Day Jersey (Via stolldog1960)

The 1996-97 IHL Muskegon Fury Valentine's Day sweater. (About MrMario66)

2007 AHL Grand Rapids Griffins Valentine's Day sweater. [HBIC]

From reader Rob Oliva: An old Valentine’s Day jersey of the Lousiana Ice Gators, modeled by none other than Derek Boogaard (notes).

The UHL Missouri River Otters Valentine's Day jersey, circa 2005. (About this collection)

2007 Laredo Bucks Valentine's Day jersey, via Sidearm Delivery.


Finally…wow. This is from the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League and… wow. From the auction:

The Havoc are a minor professional “A” team that competes in the Southern Professional Hockey League. This jersey is marked size 54 and measures 27 inches from armpit to armpit. As you can see, this is a Valentine's Day themed jersey and is definitely a rarity! The Huntsville “H” logo patch is located on the shoulders as well as the Intergraph sponsor patch just below the neckline. This is a great looking jersey and an authentic ice jersey, just like the jerseys the Havoc use in competition. Since this is an authentic jersey, the combat strap is sewn into the jersey and double fabric is sewn into the elbow and shoulder areas.

Looking back over the years…yes, the Aces jersey is still staggeringly bad.

Anna Harden

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