Auston Matthews' Maple Leafs jersey (almost) for sale
Rookie's jersey expected to be a hot item in next 48 hours
Fear not Leafs fans. Official Auston Matthews jerseys are expected to be available for sale in the next 48 hours.
Hockey action opened Wednesday night with the Leafs top prospect making a historic four-goal NHL debut. Unfortunately for his supporters, none of them could rock his official jersey to the game.
Want to buy Auston Matthews jersey? You'll have to customize it. None ready to go on the official NHL store. I'm sure that will change.—@darrenrovell
NHL Players' Association spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told ESPN that a player's name and image cannot be used until that player has technically made the team and signed the group licensing agreement.
While there's no confirmation of Matthews signing the licensing agreement, in anticipation of the high demand, Weatherdon said the union has had discussions with his representation and doesn't anticipate an issue.
The move couldn't come soon enough with fans champing at the bit to get their hands on a No. 34 jersey.
What are the chances that Auston Matthews has the best selling jersey in the league this season?—@Frosterson
How many people will be getting an Auston Matthews jersey for Christmas? <a href="https://twitter.com/AM34">@AM34</a>—@CRO_REBEL
So why were Connor McDavid jerseys available well before the start of last season? The Edmonton Oilers gave McDavid his number immediately and said he had made the team, whereas Matthews was not given his number until the end of September.
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