After work on Saturday, the wife and I headed to New York to see "Mamma Mia" on Broadway. I agreed to this, mainly because I figured I'd get a chance to check out the NHL Store on 47th and 6th in Manhattan.
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We walked into the store and were greeted by a NHL Chopper, built by the guys from Orange County Choppers. The bike was $100,000, which was just a tad out of my price range-and honestly wasn't that great anyhow.
There was a rack of RBK Edge Jerseys on the right hand side after the chopper, but they were all plain-no names or numbers. I understand that it would be impossible to have numerous jerseys with every player ready to go, there should have been a couple of players from each team available and ready to buy.
They had kids jerseys aplenty, but they were pretty expensive-$55 for a kid's jersey?
They had a kiosk where you could design a shoe, and had several pairs of sneakers with NHL team logos on them. Thay also had all of three racks with retro jerseys on them, and most of those were either Kings Gretzky or Roy Montreal ones. The dearth of retro jerseys was a huge disappointment.
The hat selection was utterly atrocious. They had good varieties of mousepads, glasses, coffee cups and the like, but nothing that was especially nice or creative looking-just team logos thrown on a coffee cup.
If you like MacFarlane toys you were in for a treat-but only if you wanted Cam Neeley, Jaromir Jagr or Simon Gagne, since those were the only figures on the shelf.
I was not all that impressed with the tee shirt selection, but they had a lot of decent sweatshirts and hoodies. Probably the coolest thing were the original six sweaters-actual sweaters designed to look like the old Blackhawks, Bruins and Senators. I would have bought one, but they all were medium. All six of them.
The in-store help was non-existent. I basically had to tackle a guy to find out that they didn't have customized adult jerseys. Mrs JSaq bought a Flyers keychain, and they put it in a pretty cool bag-the drawstring was a skate lace-and we exited after 30 minutes of disappointment, headed to Rosie O'Grady's bar to get lubed for all the ABBA music we'd be subjected to.
If you are in NYC, it's fine to stop in-especially if you want a hoodie-but I sure as Hell would not travel more than 20 miles or so for the express purpose of hitting the NHL Store. Better to buy stuff on-line and avoid the traffic.
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