When Your Jersey Player Leaves Your Team

clothesWhen you wear your favourite team's jersey with the name and number of a current player on the back, you risk seeing that player traded, signed elsewhere, or worse, bought out. My brother Steve owns a Darcy Tucker #16 Leafs jersey. Darcy Tucker has been bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When Steve IM'd me to let me know Tucker was gonzo, he opened with "anyone wanna buy a Tucker jersey?" I proudly wore a Doug Gilmour #93 in the early 90s and I remember when he was traded to New Jersey. It's tough when your jersey player leaves your team.

After the Gilmour incident, I got smart. My new jersey is a Bill Barilko #5. By going classic I don't run the risk that my player will leave. Barilko is a legend. Barilko is forever.

Steve has learnt a valuable lesson. My other brother owns a Bryan McCabe #24. Let's hope he learns a similar lesson.

Bill Barilko

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Yeah, that was a pretty smart move. I've got a Bester #30 buried in my closet, along with a #93 (not the Godynyuk one). My brother had Todd Gill's #23 for a while, too.

I should probably just get a #17 with Clark on the back and call it a done deal.

June 24, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

Toronto Mike

Or, kick it old school with a #27 Sittler.

Or even better, a #8 Walt Poddubny.

June 24, 2008 @ 10:11 PM


Good one. What about a #7 Greg Terrion?

June 24, 2008 @ 11:18 PM

Mike Kic

I had a Nolan jersey and as soon as that whole situation came out in the open I ripped off the Nolan name and number. Of course, you can still kinda see the stitches, but it's worth it. I mean what Leaf fan wants to see that name on my jersey?

June 25, 2008 @ 8:10 AM


How about the people who got Gretzky or Lindros jerseys?! (obviously before he ended up coming here later in his career)

I still see those at the ACC - hilarious.

June 25, 2008 @ 8:24 AM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

I don't understand why anyone would want to wear someone else's last name on their back. I think it's a bit cheesy personally.

June 25, 2008 @ 8:45 AM

Toronto Mike

Brent Gretzky did play for the Leafs... in St. Johns.

I think we should all get Dan Daoust #24 jerseys. All of us. Let's make a pact.

June 25, 2008 @ 9:17 AM

James Edgar

The only jersey i would wear is Keon #14.
He was the first Hockey player I recognized as kid and I now live in the house he owned until the summer of 1967.

June 25, 2008 @ 10:04 AM


ive been looking for my dads greg terrion # 7 jersey for awhile

March 15, 2011 @ 2:19 PM

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