by Patrick Hoffman on 12/06/11 at 11:00 AM ET
If you are a fan of or listen to NHL Home Ice on Sirius/XM radio, than you know that the staff is big into wearing hockey jerseys to work.
PH: First off, how many hockey jerseys do you own?
MR: I own 31 hockey jerseys and a host of other football and baseball jerseys.
PH: Which jersey that you own is your favorite? Why?
MR: Have to go with my Senators, heritage wool sweater. I love it because it’s such a true throwback, given the old logo on it and the fact that it is truly a sweater.
PH: Which jersey that you own do you get a lot of flack for owning? Why?
MR: Well, around Toronto, it’s any of my Senators jerseys. Ottawa has suffered many playoff losses at the hands of the Maple Leafs so, they have scoreboard on me.
PH: Would you like to share any interesting stories that you have regarding one of the jerseys that you own?
MR: Well, growing up in Ottawa, I played my minor hockey for the “Sandy Hill Minor Hockey Association”. Many years after I had grown up and left Ottawa, my cousin, who was a volunteer at my childhood rink noticed they were getting rid of a bunch of old jerseys. He sifted through the pile and with the blessing of the league president, took home a couple of jerseys. A few weeks later, he presented me with the home black and gold and the road white, black and gold #8 sweaters I had worn in my last year of playing minor hockey. They hang proudly in my jersey closet. And one day soon, when my man-cave is complete, it will have a locker in which all my jerseys will hang, including my Sandy Hill sweaters.
PH: How did you guys come up with “Jersey Friday” at NHL Home Ice?
MR: It started one day during our very first season. A few of us were talking about something we could do to create a little bit of bonding among the staff and decided on Jersey Friday. To be honest, I forget what sweater I wore. But I do remember Jim Gordon wearing a Seals jersey and Todd Lewis sporting his red Habs sweater.
PH: What are your current favorite jerseys in the NHL? Why?
MR: There are 2 sweaters that I do not own but would love to:
Firstly, the old NYR Statue of Liberty (dark) jersey and secondly, the new Minnesota 3rd jersey with the “Minnesota” written in cursive.
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