Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Well, There Goes My Savings
Today your's truly was invited to a special media tour of the new NHL store in midtown Manhattan. Located at 47th and 6th, the store actually was much better than I expected.
There is the obligatory Reebok sneakers and homage to poster girl Cindy Crosby, but there are some cool things. Rather than post all of the photos here, I started one of those Flickr accounts and you can see some of the pics I took there. They have some of the RBK stuff (eh) but flush out the selection with a lot of Vintage NHL products and that is pretty awesome. I have my sights set on the original Senators t-shirt with the big O, 'cause we all want a big O, right?
But for all of the cool stuff that will sap money out of my wallet, the place has its issues. The picture above is the first thing you see when you walk into the store. That's right, Bolts, Blues and Flames players. Because the way to draw New York City hockey fans and tourists is to promote small market teams devoid of superstars - sorry Jarome, outside of hockey nuts and Calgary, the average person has no idea of who you are. So the regular Joe off the street is going to curiously come in and go, who the hell are they?
Can the NHL do anything right??
On a side note, I am sorry about the lack of posts, life has been a bit hectic. I will post more Caps Isles pics sooner or later and likely on that Flickr page, I just have to get some time to sort through them. Oh, and as for the Rangers, Sean Avery is out, but of course rather than give promising youth Nigel Dawes a chance, we will get re-tread Marcel Hossa tomorrow night. Incidentally, I am heading out to the Mausoleum again tomorrow for the Rangers Isles battle -- I hope I don't catch an STD from one of their surgically-enhanced ice girls ... wish me luck!!
EDIT: The NHL got back to me on the players in the front saying: "The three players in the front will rotate from different teams from around the league. The focus is to be a store that represents the entire league, not just the three locals (though their importance is not to be taken for granted, I assure you). " While that is reassuring, I do think that at least one needs to be of a local team at all times.