Monday, December 04, 2006


I finally woke up with some drive and sense of purpose today (despite a crushing football-Sunday-induced hangover). Unfortunately, it's barely getting above freezing outside, so I'm not gonna leave the house unless I must. So the drive and sense of purpose has manifested itself in a cooking binge and now, on this.

And since I'm not doing anything of interest today -- how about another jersey? Hooray!

This is one of the biggest bargains I've ever found; I got it on eBay for about $20. It's a late-1980s jersey of Czech club HC POLDI Kladno, one of the country's older teams.

I haven't been able to turn up any information on who would have worn #22 in this period. I've seen pictures of Jaromir Jagr wearing this style jersey, but (alas) he was #15 at the time.

It's a pretty thin mesh, made by Tackla, and as such is pretty trashed. Lots of holes and tears, some examples seen better here, and tons of stick marks. Everything's sublimated, including the number, which looks vaguely like something I would have drawn on my notebook when I was 12.

The lady's profile here is the logo of POLDI steelworks, the club's sponsor just about forever. In the late 1990s, they dropped the POLDI part of the name and became HC Velvana Kladno, with a stylized penguin as the logo (during his later Pittsburgh days, Jagr had some sort of role in the team's management or ownership, I believe) and now they're HC Rabat Kladno, with a kinda silly bulldog logo that Bush League Factor would probably hate. I like the old-school woman plus star the best, and have another, later jersey with the same logo. It's no hedgehog, though.

There's virtually no advertising on this one; just a small, tasteful Tackla logo on the front, and this enormous, ugly "LogoStar" logo underneath the back number. I'm going to guess that LogoStar handled some sort of printing or design duties. It sounds like some awful toy you'd see in a late-1970s Sears Christmas catalog -- "LogoStar by Mattel."

As ever, the idea for these jersey biographies stolen from Jerseys and Hockey Love. Previous entries are here and here.


Nanuk of the North said...

Your joyful enthusiasm for such a crappy old piece of cloth is oddly endearing.

If the Shroud of Turin was a hockey jersey, you’d have the whole world believing in its authenticity.

gsdgsd13 said...

Actually, the Shroud of Turin would be a pretty awesome design for a hockey jersey.

Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

It's too bad that uniform is way before my time, and I tried to find out who it was. It would be awesome if it was Milan Novy, but it could easily be some scrub who played one game...

gsdgsd13 said...

Whoever wore it definitely wore it a lot -- it's hammered. But back then, they probably used the same jerseys for a few years.

If it turned out to be Novy, I'd be pretty stoked (though I imagine I couldn't get that lucky). I haven't been able to find any pictures of him with Kladno, so I dunno what number he wore.

Anonymous said...

Milan Novy wearing always number 6 and this is not his era jersey.In 70-80' they wearing jerseys made from cotton.Marek