If you happen to be a hockey fan like the Sports Diva is, or if you have no idea who the 32 teams are that make up the National Hockey League, but you think some of the logos are kind of cool, then the new NHL Store is for you.
The old NHL Store was located at 1185 6th Avenue (That’s Avenue of The Americas for those of you who aren’t Native New Yorkers),on 48th Street.
It was called “The NHL Store Powered by Reebok” because at that time, Reebok made most of the hockey stuff worn by players and fans alike.
This year, a new NHL Store opened just for Team Sports Apparel Fashionistas like myself who also like, no love, hockey.
It’s called, what else, the NHL Store, a Fanatics Experience.
The Fanatics Company makes clothes for every sports fan.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, or child, Fanatics has something for you no matter what the sport or the team is.
The store is located on 31st Street and 9th Avenue right behind the Moynihan Train station and Madison Square Garden.
Right next door to the store are the New York offices of the National Hockey League.
Sorry hockey fans, you can’t go into the office and tell Commissioner Gary Bettman just what you think about him and the job he’s doing as commissioner, even though that’s something a lot of us hockey fans would LOVE to do.
Unlike the store on 48th street, this store has two floors and if you walk up the stairs, you’ll notice that the words written on them are actual hockey terms that your favorite announcer uses to describe all the hockey action and it doesn’t matter if you’re listening to the Flames in Calgary or the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida, hockey terms are the same everywhere.
This store has everything that you could ask for, but still I didn’t see any hockey posters for sale.
(Like my wall at home needs anymore hockey or football posters on them.)
Unlike the old store, not only can you get your jersey with the name of your favorite player on it, you can have a t shirt with the name of your favorite player on it as well.
You want a hat with your favorite team logo on it, this store has lots of different styles of hats from all 32 teams on them.
They also sell other nicknacks, such as backpacks, key chains, socks and water bottles with not only the team logo on it but also with the NHL logo, aka “The Shield” on it.
(My friend brought six of those.)
This store isn’t really that expensive at all.
The hockey jerseys are another story, though.
$185 is the most the Sports Diva will pay for a hockey jersey, no matter what team it is.
(I have three favorite hockey teams, New York Rangers, Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins, but I have favorite players who play for other teams, so I’ll buy those jerseys as well. I have three hockey jerseys, btw.)
When hockey jerseys start at $200 and that’s without tax, which some of them are, that’s when the Sports Diva draws the line.
I love my jerseys, but even this fashionista doesn’t love hockey jerseys like that.
Did I end up buying something from the NHL Store?
Oh you can bet your hockey team on it that I did.