Desperately seeking a new No. 87 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey? Maybe show loyalty to an old friend by buying a Marc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights sweater? You’re not alone, according to the latest numbers from the Fanatics merchandise sales.
The top sellers of jerseys this holiday season (Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas) are indeed Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury. Last month, the NHL released the reverse retro jerseys to spur sales further. The Penguins jersey, which is white with diagonal “P-i-t-t-s-b-u-r-g-h,” initially drew mixed reviews but has become a hot property since its release.
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Mark J. Burns of the Sports Business Journal tweeted the current sales from official NHL supplier Fanatics on Thursday night.
Top 10 selling NHL players on Fanatics:
10-David Pastrnak pic.twitter.com/91ugJUxyYw
— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) December 18, 2020
It appears Fleury has supplanted Crosby as the NHL’s merch leader. Last January, the NHL released the figures from 2019-20, and Crosby was the leading sweater getter from NHL sales. We should note the above is for Fanatics.com sales.
From the NHL sales, Crosby was also the top jersey in 2018-19, and his iconic 87 was in second place in 2017-18.
Last January, St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko was second, followed by Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, and Patrice Bergeron.
How is McDavid ranked only fourth and Auston Matthews, not in the top 5? Hockey fans, we need to have a chat. Rounding out the top 10 last season were Matthews, Fleury, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane, and Jamie Benn.
Also, way to go, Dallas!
We should note Marc-Andre Fleury is currently atop the Fanatics listing. The NHL should release their sales rankings in January.
Fleury’s Vegas Golden Knights jersey may become a collector’s item. Vegas is currently over the salary cap, and NHL trade rumors have swirled around the loveable goalie who is among the all-time winningest netminders. Fleury will make $7 million this season.
The Penguins core of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang remain with the Penguins despite some bubbling NHL trade speculation following the Penguins’ four-game postseason loss to the Montreal Canadiens.