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A little bit o’ hockey for your TIFF

As the film festival rages in Toronto, a little bit of controversy yesterday, as stars Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen sported Canadiens sweaters before their movie premiere.

Ok, it wasn’t so much as controversy as a little bit of fun. The names on the sweaters? Lafleur and…


...Gomez. We all know Viggo Mortensen is a Habs fan, but he really must be a die hard if he’s got a Gomez sweater. I was pretty impressed.

Stars sport Habs sweaters

And, for the record: it is a sweater, not a jersey. Hockey players wear sweaters. Baseball players wear jerseys. This is getting lost in sports vernacular, but it’s true - regardless of what a newspaper reporter titles his article.

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habman's avatar

If you’re going to wear an NHL sweater…especially at an event where the entertainment world is watching….it might as well be the sweater of the most storied…honored franchise in league history. To say nothing of one of the best-looking sweaters as well….Les Glorieux! THE MONTREAL CANADIENS.!
Way to go Viggo and Keira!

Posted by habman on 09/11/11 at 01:24 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Great franchise. Terrible fans.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/11/11 at 01:46 PM ET

habman's avatar

Funny…..I’ve heard that very same thing said about the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by habman on 09/11/11 at 03:43 PM ET

squirrely's avatar

At least we (wings fans) haven’t started any riots, we leave that to the tiger fans.

Posted by squirrely from Dirty Jersey on 09/11/11 at 04:05 PM ET


Wings and Hab fans get the same bad rap because anytime you have a significant legacy that people are proud of, fans of other teams feel inadequate and turn to spite and jealousy.

No need for us (Wings fans & Hab fans) to start in on each other - we both have plenty to proud of.

Posted by LGRWeh on 09/11/11 at 05:00 PM ET


LGRWeh: Well said.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 09/11/11 at 05:12 PM ET


The only thing surprising me here is that someone has the guts to wear a Scott Gomez jersey.

I thought Viggo knew something about hockey

Posted by StephC from Montreal on 09/11/11 at 05:56 PM ET

CMo44's avatar

Sweaters are made of double knit polyester with a four-way stretch mesh in the underarm and back areas (and made by Reebok)?  Nope.  They haven’t worn “sweaters” in decades.  They’re jerseys now.

Posted by CMo44 on 09/11/11 at 06:36 PM ET


Sweaters are made of double knit polyester with a four-way stretch mesh in the underarm and back areas (and made by Reebok)?  Nope.  They haven’t worn “sweaters” in decades.  They’re jerseys now.

What is this, baseball?  Hockey players where sweaters, dummy.

Posted by Garth on 09/12/11 at 02:05 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Jersey (fabric)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Jersey (disambiguation).

Jersey is a knit fabric used predominantly for clothing manufacture. It was originally made of wool, but is now made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibres. Since medieval times Jersey, Channel Islands, where the material was first produced, had been an important exporter of knitted goods[1] and the fabric in wool from Jersey became well known. The fabric can be a very stretchy Single knitting, usually light-weight, jersey with one flat side and one piled side.[2] When made with a light weight yarn, this is the fabric most often used to make T-shirts.[2] Or it can be a double knitted jersey, with less stretch, that creates a heavier fabric of two single jerseys knitted together (Double Jersey) to leave the two flat sides on the outsides of the fabric, with the piles in the middle.[2] Jersey is considered to be an excellent fabric for draped garments, such as dresses, and women’s tops.

The following types of Jersey can be distinguished:

  * Single Jersey fabric - weight: 140 g / m²
  * Double Jersey
  * Interlock Jersey
  * Jacquard Jersey
  * Clocqué Jersey

See also: Jersey (clothing)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A sweater, jumper, pullover, sweatshirt, jersey or guernsey is a garment intended to cover the torso and arms. It is often worn over a shirt, blouse, T-shirt, or other top, but may also be worn alone as a top. Sweaters tend to be, and in earlier times always were, made from wool; however, they can be made of cotton, synthetic fibers, or some combination thereof. Sweaters are maintained by washing, and the use of a lint roller. The term sweatshirt has often been confused with the word hoodie. A hoodie has a hood, whereas a sweatshirt does not.

Is this really something worth arguing over? It’s the same GD thing!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/12/11 at 09:34 AM ET

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