Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Other letters that NHL teams have recently sent to their fans

It would be fair to say that last week was a rough one for the Ottawa Senators. In addition to Erik Karlsson’s injury, the Senators became the butt of jokes around the league when it was revealed that they’d sent a letter to their fans asking them not to offer their tickets to Maple Leaf supporters.

But while the Senators were rightfully criticized for appearing thin-skinned, it’s worth pointing out that a team sending a letter out to its fan base isn’t unusual. In fact, it happens all the time. It’s just that the rest of us don’t usually get to see a copy.

Luckily, I long ago made sure I was on the mailing list for every NHL team. Here’s a random sampling of some of the mail that hockey fans have been receiving just over the past few weeks.

For example, this one showed up as part of a package last week.

Buffalo fans got this one during training camp.

This one actually just arrived today.

This was in my mailbox in early February.

Much like the Senators, here's an organization takes the concerns of their season ticket holders seriously.

Leaf fans get this one pretty much every year.

There was something oddly familiar about this one.

Finally, this one feels like it wasn't necessary at all, to be honest.


  1. Sean, this is beyond awesome. Not sure which one I like better - the Thrasher/Jet letter or when MLSE refers to "mouth breathing cash registers".

    In order for the Phoenix letter to work, perhaps Mr. Jamison could also write it in Spanish, since there are many people that "se habla espanol"

  2. To be fair, the Avalanche's "be a blind linesman" promotion worked out a lot better than the "play wing with Paul Stastny" gimmick ever has, and the team has been running that one for going on two years now.

  3. The Other, Better-Looking, AnonymousFebruary 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    || But while the Senators were rightfully criticized for appearing think-skinned ||

    No wonder they get all cranky sometimes; they get thumped in their brains an awful lot.

  4. Hey, the ending of the Nationals DVD isn't any good either! (Although extremely familiar to Caps fans.)

    1. It's not? I turned it off when Strasburg stopped pitching, since I assumed the season was over.

    2. Nice one Sean, you were just WAITING for someone to mention that.

    3. My god, that was an easier pitch to turn on than Williams' last pitch to Carter in 93.

  5. Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know I sent the necessary information to the Phoenix Coyotes. You idiots are going to be SOOOOOOOOOOOO red in the face when I'm rolling in the dough!

  6. As a writer, there's no greater compliment than when I'm reading something...

    ...and I'm insanely jealous that I didn't think of the topic before the author did.

    I'm insanely jealous, because this is simply awesome. Well done.



  7. This is pure awesomeness! I can't wait to see the rest of the team letters, as a Wings fan; how can you pass on the "So Lidstrom is gone, no big deal!" angle?

    1. The Red Wings are actually going to be sending out recruitment letters for open tryouts for their roster next week when the 9 remaining players all get injured in the next couple games. "Got a pair of skates? Great. Enclosed is a contract. Please sign on the dotted line and your preferred position. Coach Babcock expects you at practice next Monday.

      Ken Holland"

  8. What--nothing to ridicule the Sens or Habs? I am scandalized!

    Seriously, Sean, I kid...Comedy Gold, as always!


    Das Rhino

  9. That Buffalo one is timely...

  10. Somewhere, Jeremy Jacobs howls in rage.

  11. All my letter from the Habs said..

    We're hitting a Wall.
    The team is still Small
    But buy your third Molson
    You'll be having a Ball.......

    Gilles Poisson

  12. You absolutely need to do a post on the terrible new songs the Canucks are considering skating out to instead of U2.

  13. GOLD!!! "Good God how we dispise you" Oh we know. And we for reasons I can't explain don't care :(

    On a side note the Spam is hilarious too:)

  14. As a new CBJ STH this year, I can tell you that it's exactly like that! I'm on a first name basis with everyone as they scurry to fulfill my every request. It's kind of neat.

  15. Why would we Redskins fans want to skip over beating Dallas to win the Division???

  16. Not sure which made me laugh harder--Phoenix or Columbus. Thanks!