The NHL Shop website is nice. Unless you’re willing to go through a million pages, you’ll never really see everything they have to offer. Chances are that you’ll either look for something specific, and then check out some items on clearance. That’s fine and dandy, but that’s the limitation of online shopping. It’s the same as checking out merchandise in person and getting a feel for it.
So when I took a little trip to Manhattan yesterday, I couldn’t help but visit the NHL Store. The first thing you see when you step inside is a ton of Winter Classic merchandise. There’s nothing quite like stepping into a store in the middle of Rangers country, only to see a nice Philadelphia Flyers display. I took a few steps, and was immersed in all kinds of awesome stuff. The store doesn’t have some of the weird stuff that the website features, like lampshades. But it does have a ton of other great things. Of course, there are the racks of jerseys from some of the most popular players. And you can customize any jersey you’d like. In addition is an entire wall of Winter Classic jerseys featuring the star players from both squads.
In the back is a wall of Reebok ZigTech shoes, with the color combo’s of every NHL team. In between you have t-shirts, remote controlled goal lights, holiday decorations, mini-helmets, Stanley Cup shaped coin banks, and a ton of other stuff. Then off to the side you have a wall full of winter hats and summer caps. While it sickens me to see Devils and Penguins logo’s, there was plenty of familiar Orange and Black items to soothe me. All in all, the prices are a bit outrageous for many items, but if you want some NHL licensed gear, you gotta pay up.
Any hockey fan who is visiting Time Square should definitely take the short walk over to the NHL Store and check it out. It’s fun to see all the stuff, even if you don’t get anything.
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