40 days of jerseys #35: Knoxville Ice Bears 2006-07 special jersey

dyerback Jersey #35dyerfront of 40: 2006-07 Knoxville Ice Bears “Retro” jersey (Dyer, #66)

Style: Game-weight
Size: XXL
Manufacturer: AK Athletic
Obtained: Purchased from owner, around 2009

 

Don’t go looking for a “Dyer” in the hockeyDB web site who played for the Ice Bears. He’s actually one of the owners of the team. He’s sold me a few jerseys over the years (a couple I’ve yet to showcase) and has always been a good friend for supplying my jersey habit. He’s a collector like myself and occasionally will look me up to hook me up.

If you hadn’t guessed, he’s also a fan of Mario Lemieux, wearing #66 on almost any jersey he customizes.

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Shoulder patch

It was during the 2006-07 season because the patch above the primary logo commemorated their first Championship in 2005-06. Since only the Cherokees’ logo is on the jersey, I’m guessing it was a Cherokees alumni game, but it’s been so long I personally don’t recall.

The teal color is reminiscent of the Knoxville Cherokees when they revamped their logo in 1993 to the “Feathered K” logo (on the shoulder patch, left sleeve), although the jersey color is more blue, where the Cherokees’ logo was more green. Still, it’s has a San Jose Sharks’ feel to it, and it goes with my other three jerseys

Every now and again there will be a throwback night where they will have special jerseys to commemorate the previous franchises in Knoxville hockey history. The Knights, Cherokees, and yes, even the Speed.

I’d still like to get my hands on a Cherokees jersey from their earlier days, either the red and white Red Wings’ style, or the black, red, and white Blackhawks’ style. Every now and again one will turn up, but way over what I would like to pay.

This jersey is not for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Hockey and a tinge of ham radio

40 days of jerseys #34: Michigan Wolverines/Colorado College Tigers

michiganJersey #34.1 of 40: Michigan Wolverines (no name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: XL
Manufacturer: Nike
Obtained: Store Purchase, 2009

 

 

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Jersey #34.2 of 40: Colorado College Tigers (no name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: XL
Manufacturer: Colosseum Athletics
Obtained: Yard Sale, 2014

Okay, so why did I put up TWO different jerseys instead of one? Well, simply put, I had more jerseys than 40 days would allow, so I grouped the college jerseys I had left (after the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and University of Tennessee IceVols) into one post.

The Michigan jersey I purchased in Iowa in 2009, same as the Fighting Sioux jersey. I always wanted a jersey with a lace-tie at the neck, and this was the first one I owned that had it. Now I have several. I’ve worn it to a couple of Ice Bears games, and even to work a couple of times, where a couple of co-workers tried to steal it from me, and one wanted to burn it off me, with me in it!  Ohio State guy…go figure…

The Colorado College jersey I got at a yard sale last year, along with several others. The guy selling them I believe was a coach for the IceVols, and was from Colorado, and was raising money to help with the team. I purchased several (like the Anaheim Ducks, Kevin Swider, Harley Davidson, KC Caudill, and a few others) and later the UT IceVols jersey to help with the funding. That yard sale purchase alone was what increased my jersey collection almost double what it was! I arrived at the sale right before they were “officially” open, and thought I was going to get beat by a couple of other collectors who I was afraid would have seen the same posting. Fortunately, I won out!!!

I don’t have any personal ties to either school. I do like watching the Wolverines play hockey when I can catch a game. I have yet to see CC play on TV, however.

These jerseys are not for sale or trade. But I may entertain a trade offer for the Colorado College jersey.

Monday: A jersey to “Dyer” for…

40 days of jerseys #33: Florida Panthers NHL Street Hockey

pantherfrontJersey #33 of 40: Florida Panthers Street Hockey (no name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: L
Manufacturer: Nike
Obtained: Thrift Store purchase, 2011

For Thanksgiving, how about this turkey of a jersey? I couldn’t decide between this or the “Bud Light” jersey, but this might get the award for the flaming old-style NHL logo on the one arm alone.

The family and I were in Florida visiting relatives and catching the last shuttle launch ever. Before the launch, we stopped in Ft. Myers to see my stepmother and her brother (both have since passed away) and we stopped at a thrift store while passing some time. I came across this one, new condition, still with tags, and for a very good price, even for a thrift store.

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LASER BACKGROUND!!!

I knew it was not your “typical” jersey, with the “NHL street hockey” logo on one arm, no name/number, and the overall design looking like lazer background from the class pictures you took in middle school…still, I couldn’t pass up the chance to own a Florida Panthers jersey, even if it was this thing…

Growing up in Homestead, FL in the 1970’s, it was way before the Panthers were even a thought in the NHL. I can remember selling chocolate bars for school fundraising, and getting a catalog of stuff for rewards for selling X-number of chocolate bars. I chose a hockey stick of all things. Here I was, 6-7 years old, in Florida, south of Miami, and I wanted a hockey stick? Made no sense to my parents, but made sense to me. I knew nothing about hockey (Gretzky was still in high school around this time) but whenever I caught a glimpse of the sport on TV (a rarity back in the 3-channel days) I loved how they played it on ice, with sticks, hitting a black disk at a guy in pads trying to get past him into the net. I still have that stick, somewhere in the attic.

I could’ve worn this jersey back then, I’m sure. But now, it’s just a novelty.

It’s too small for me to wear, but it’s new with tags still on it, so if you’re interested, hit me up.

This jersey is for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Black (and blue) Friday

40 days of jerseys #32: Anaheim Ducks

duckfrontduckbackJersey #32 of 40: Anaheim Ducks (Samuel Pahlsson, #26)

Style: Replica
Size: XL
Manufacturer: Reebok
Obtained: Yard Sale, 2014

Time for a full disclosure. I’ve never been a fan of the Anaheim Ducks, but the only reason I watched them was because of Teemu Selanne being on the team. He is my all-time favorite player and it pained me to see his best years were with this…team…

Still, the revamped, non-Disney Ducks (minus the “Mighty” moniker) have been a powerhouse in the Western Conference.

Samuel Pahlsson played for Anaheim off and on from 2000-2009. While he may not have put up impressive numbers, he was a solid team player, helping them win a Stanley Cup in 2007.

I like the revamped logo, with the footprint of the duck incorporated into the “D” of the “Ducks” logo. Still…not a fan of the Ducks…

This jersey is for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Thanksgiving Turkey

40 days of jerseys #31: Warner Bros/Harley-Davidson

hdfrontJersey #31 of 40: Warner Bros Wile E. Coyote/Taz/Bugs Bunny (No name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: XXL
Manufacturer: Warner-Brothers/Harley Davidson
Obtained: Yard sale, 2014

I’ve been a fan of the Tazmanian Devil since I first started watching cartoons. I still have fond memories of Saturday morning cartoons, 4+ hours of brain-rotting entertainment with nothing but a bowl of cereal and pajamas (and occasionally a little brother) to keep me company while the adults slept in.

The Roar Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons kept me and my uncle Jeff in stitches. Almost every weekend we were visiting my grandparents in Speedwell, TN. It was about as traditional as Thanksgiving turkey. Sadly he passed away from cancer in 1999. Whenever I watch any of the Bugs/Taz/Road Runner cartoons I’m reminded of the times we would watch them.

I have lots of Taz paraphernalia, and Jes gave me a 14k gold Taz pendant for Christmas one year. I’ve had t-shirts, cups, and even a baseball jersey with his caricature on it.

I bought the jersey last year along with several others, but haven’t worn it yet.

I can’t say much in regards to the Harley-Davidson logo. I’ve never owned or ridden one. But it’s not to say I wouldn’t love to own one.

This jersey is not for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Duck and cover

40 days of jerseys #30: Knoxville Ice Bears – Swider

swiderfrontswiderbackJersey #30 of 40: Knoxville Ice Bear (Kevin Swider, #12)

Style: Game-worn
Size: Unknown – No tag, presumed size 56/XL
Manufacturer: Athletic Knit
Obtained: Yard Sale, 2014

If you live in an SPHL city, have seen an SPHL game in the 2000’s, or follow minor-league hockey in some way, you probably have heard the name Kevin Swider at some point in time or another.

To put it simply, he’s the best player to ever play in the SPHL. He played for the Ice Bears going back to the days when they were in the ACHL, then the SEHL (late in the season), and then when they were in the SPHL. Each year he played in the SPHL, he won the scoring title. He won it so much they renamed the title in his honor. One season I recall (07-08), he won the title despite being sidelined with injuries through part of the year.

His #12 is retired by the Ice Bears. He retired after the 11-12 season, but probably could have played a few more years. He’s gone up to AA-level hockey but always returned to Knoxville to excel.

This was a special jersey sometime during the 2006-07 season (the President’s Cup patch was to commemorate their Championship in 2005-06).  If I recall, it was a Margaritaville-type event or “Beach night” or something like that.

Unfortunately I don’t get to wear this one. My daughter Lauren stole it from me when she saw me bring it home from a yard sale last year. I’m surprised I found it. I don’t think she knows I wore it for the photo above. She wears it when she goes to the games.

This jersey is not for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Warner Bros and Harley-Davidson.

40 days of jerseys #29: Ramapo Saints

saintsback saintsfrontJersey #29 of 40: Ramapo Saints (no name, number removed)

Style: Game-weight (used?)
Size: XXL
Manufacturer: Bakka
Obtained: eBay auction, circa 2000

I bought this off eBay sometime in the early 2000’s I believe. I love the colors on the jersey and the logo. It was very inexpensive and judging by the markings on parts of the jersey, looks to either be game-worn or simply well-worn.

There are signs on the back that the number “18” was removed from the jersey, but I don’t know why. It’s difficult to tell if there was a name plate.

The manufacturer is “bakka” and I hope I am correct in the spelling. Although searching for the company brings up the trademark that’s on the jersey, there is no web site that I can find. Either they’re out of business, or they’re not doing business to the public.

To be honest, I didn’t know the name of the team that had the logo, I just liked the colors and the pattern. It belongs to a youth hockey group out of New Jersey.

The jersey is a size 2XL but it’s very tight on the neck, so it may have been undersized for the youth league, but I can still wear it.

I’m not sure who owned this jersey previously, but in case they were wondering, it’s in good hands.

Which is why this jersey is not for sale or trade.

Monday: Swiderman!

40 days of jerseys #28: Knoxville Ice Bears (Kids)

kidskibJersey #28 of 40: Knoxville Ice Bears (Kids size, no name, no #)

Style: Replica (Game weight)
Size: Youth Large
Manufacturer: OT
Obtained: Gift from a friend, 2006

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference.

A good friend of mine (who I have not seen in a while, Hi Tom!) gave this to us for our kids when we were attending games together during the early years of the Ice Bears’ existence. This is a replica of their inaugural season (in the ACHL days) with the jersey design. His son had outgrown it and with my kids still trying to get out of diapers and into school, he gave it to us as a hand-me-down.

My kids have worn it to the games, and it still looks as if it were right off the assembly line, clean as can be.

I think in part to my being a serious hockey fan, and my friends’ donation, my kids enjoy hockey and pester me about taking them to the games.

Even though they’ve outgrown the jersey, it is not for sale or trade. Their kids can enjoy it when the time comes.

Tomorrow: When the Saints go marching in.

40 days of jerseys #27: Asheville Smoke

smokeback smokefrontJersey #27 of 40: Asheville Smoke (Dexter, #12)

Style: Game Worn
Size: Unknown (fits as an XL)
Manufacturer: AK
Obtained: Trade with a friend, Mid-2000’s

The stories I could tell about the United Hockey League (UHL )would make one’s head spin, especially when considering how that league survived for as long as it did with the incompetence that permeated the league. One of them was putting two teams in the Southeast, both owned by brothers, who somehow thought they could operate the teams geographically isolated from the rest of the league that promised to expand into the south, only to go in every other direction but…at least, as long as these two teams were in the league…

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Brantford Logo

The Knoxville Speed came about after moving from Madison, WI, in 1999, and the Asheville Smoke came from Brantford, ON a year earlier. Both of these teams’ owners were brothers. Andrew (Knoxville) and Dan (Asheville) Wilhelm.

Because the two cities were less than two hours apart, and the next closest team to either city was about an 8-10 hour drive, these two teams spent a majority of their time playing against one another during the three years Knoxville was in the UHL. And it got bloody at times, not just on the ice, but off.

I went to Asheville about 4 times to see games, and each time I went, the hostility between the two groups of fans got worse. The last time I was there, the only thing that kept me from getting jumped by a couple of fans was the fact I was carrying my then-1-year old daughter, and even then I don’t know if that would have stopped them, but the police officer I was standing next to sure did…my crime apparently was wearing a Knoxville Cherokees sweatshirt.

On the ice, however, things weren’t better. It peaked on Super Bowl Sunday of 2001 (back when the Super Bowl was still played in January…) when both of these teams in an afternoon game cleared the benches in a brawl that resulted in suspensions that decimated both teams as they were making a run for the playoffs.

A video of the brawl finally surfaced on Youtube earlier this year:

This happened right before the All-Star Game the UHL held later that week. And both teams had players going to the game that rode the same bus up to the game. Talk about an awkward trip…

The fans on both sides of the Smokies often carried out their animosity in the stands and online. However, when the teams filed for bankruptcy in 2002, they found a common ground and a lot of fans reconciled their differences in the notion that in the end, it was only a game.

The following year, Knoxville had a new ownership group that joined the upstart/rebooted Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), and Asheville went quiet. They later joined the SPHL in 2004 as the Aces, but the rivalry wasn’t the same, and the team folded after just one season.

The jersey is for player Jason Dexter, who played on the team in 1998-1999 (before “the Brawl”). I don’t personally remember him, especially since Knoxville didn’t play until a year later, but he did have a connection to Knoxville in that he played for the former Madison Monsters (I owned a jersey of theirs for a short period of time) a couple of seasons before they moved to Knoxville.

I’ve worn it a few times, but it’s shrinking on me…or I’m getting larger…

However, his jersey is not for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Kids’ KIB

40 days of jerseys #26: Detroit Red Wings (White)

redwingswhiteJersey #26 of 40: Detroit Red Wings White (no name, no number)

Style: Replica
Size: L (closer to XL)
Manufacturer: Pro Player
Obtained: Store purchase, late 1990’s

See yesterday’s post.

It’s the same as yesterday’s red jersey, only white. It says it’s a size larger, but I can wear it somewhat comfortably, so I put it at more of an XL size.

This jersey is for sale or trade.

Tomorrow: Smoke em if you got em.