Remember when the supposed Winter Classic shirts surfaced the Internet? Now this eBay listing has the entire hockey world abuzz. In the listing, it says that this is the Maple Leafs’ jersey that they would have worn had there been no lockout and the Winter Classic went as scheduled.
Knowing what the merchandise shirts looked like, this appears to be legit. Upon closer inspection of the photos provided, everything looks authentic. From the stitching to the placement of the Reebok wordmark, it looks real. The only question is the NHL logo at the collar and why it looks off-center. And it’s interesting to see black laces.
Aside from that, it looks like we have what the Leafs would have worn. But since the Winter Classic will be rescheduled for next year, do the Leafs keep this look? I think it looks great and would have set up a great visual matchup against Detroit.
The seller on eBay appears to be the real deal. He has a solid rating and the other merchandise he’s selling appear to be authentic. All signs point to this being the real deal. (Or at least I am 70% sure it’s real.) And if it is so, then the Leafs have a very great looking uniform for the Winter Classic in 2014. With that in mind, I hope they keep it.
Or if they don’t, they can always wear these again (my favorite Leafs jerseys of all time).