Skip to comments.Sniper shootings cause NHL to stop selling team hats
Posted on 10/17/2002 6:22:49 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
WASHINGTON -- The NHL is planning to stop selling team hats known as "Sniper Caps'' because of the deadly shootings in the Washington, D.C., area.
In hockey lingo, a "sniper'' refers to a team's top goal scorer. But with a real life sniper still on the loose in their region, the Washington Capitals asked the league to remove the reference to the word from the team hat sold on the NHL's online store.
The Web site listed for sale a Washington Capitals "Navy Sniper Fitted Cap.'' Such hats were offered for all 30 teams.
"The term is part of the hockey vernacular,'' NHL spokesman Brian Walker said Thursday. "Fans and media use it to refer to a top goal-scorer. That being said, it's been pulled from the Capitals' team store, and is in the process of being pulled from the other 29 NHL teams' stores.''
The Capitals promised to get the name changed after hearing about the product's name.
"Certainly, that phrase has a little bit different connotation in our market,'' said Capitals spokesman Kurt Kehl, who was alerted to the presence of the sniper caps on the Web site by The Associated Press. After speaking with NHL representatives, Kehl explained the real meaning of the caps' name.
"Apparently, it was meant to play on the phraseology of a very good player in the NHL being referred to as a 'sniper' or a 'sharpshooter.' Every team has their `sniper,''' Kehl said. "That's how they came up with this phrase for this line of hats.''
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a "Black Sniper Fitted Cap.'' The Colorado Avalanche had one in blue. Fans of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks could buy a purple version of the sniper fitted cap.
Since Oct. 2, the sniper has shot to death nine people and wounded two others in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The killer has eluded a massive manhunt.
Several people on the streets of downtown Washington who were shown the Web page with the sniper hat were shocked.
"For right now it's kind of horrible and disrespecting the people who lost their lives, and I hope that they do change it,'' Elnur Veliev said.
"I guess it's probably a good idea to take it off, because right away I think of the sniper guy going around shooting,'' said Richard Nishimura, who described himself as a hockey fan.
Who is the
target audience for this PC crap?
aim intend to get to the bottom of this.
scope out size up the situation first.
Washington Capitals Sniper Fitted Cap
And their logo looks like the same.
Instead we'll have "he/she endeavors to propel the disc in a path that causes it to come to rest in the so-called goal (but remember: it doesn't matter who scores more so-called goals, it's how you play the game that REALLY counts), and he/she is successful in said endeavor (not that those who are unsuccessful have anything to hang their heads about as long as they TRIED!)"
Not quite as catchy as the old version.
Before you know it, hockey fights will consist of half-hearted slapping fests. You know, where they stick their butts way out, and shy away as they half-heartedly flap their hands toward one another. "Oh, you brute, you horrible brute!"
We have a hockey team whose mascot is a duck, fercrin'outloud.