Should I Put My Own Name On My Jersey?

We Help To Answer An Age Old Jersey Customization Question
September 7, 2018

Should I Put My Own Name On My Jersey?

Several questions arise when it comes to wanting to get a jersey customized. It doesn’t matter if it’s a jersey that you have owned for years (as seen here [insert link of first blog]) or if it’s a new jersey that you are planning to purchase for the purpose of adding customization. One of the most common questions we get is:

“Should I put my own name and number on my jersey?”

Arguments for and against putting your own name and number on your jersey exist. Both sides of the debate have valid points but at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is your own. Because, you’re the one that will be paying your hard earned money for the jersey and you will ultimately be the one to wear it. Here, I will present you with the pros and cons of adding your own name to your jersey; it is then up to you to decide what to do.


We’ll start off with the cons, mainly because it’s always better to end on a positive note. Let’s begin with the most obvious con. If you’re familiar with our Lifetime Return Policy [insert link of our return policy], you would know that a personally customized jersey is not eligible for a return or exchange. This means, any time that you have to type in the player name manually, that jersey is a final sale. Let’s say you get your own name and number on a jersey and then when you finally receive it the size did not fit you as expected. Well, unless you have a family member that would be willing to take it, you’ll end up stuck with a jersey that you wouldn’t be able to wear. So, if you’re looking to get a jersey customized with your own name, make sure that you’re certain about what size fits you best.

Another con could be a little something called “buyers remorse”. At the time of the purchase it may seem like an awesome idea to get your own name and number on your favorite hockey team’s jersey. You may even still be excited about it once you receive the jersey in the mail and even try it on for the first time. Then say you plan to go to a game with a bunch of your buddies. You meet up with them and notice that all of you have your jersey on. Though, there is one thing that you notice; they’re all sporting jerseys featuring their favorite players, making you the clear outlier of the group with “Smith” #69 (because of course you had to go for #69) on your jersey. Suddenly, you may feel some regret (or, buyers remorse) over your decision to put your own name as opposed to your favorite player’s name on the jersey.

Finally, you may be at risk of ending up on one of the many “jersey foul” lists/forums that exist on the world wide web. Several factors could land you on these said lists. For example, if you purchase a jersey with your own name and use a number that is either currently being used by a player on the team or is a retired number, that is a jersey foul. Let’s say you have the same last name as a former or current player of the jersey you are thinking of getting. If you choose any number other than the one that said player worn, that would also be considered a jersey foul. If you have a crazy nickname, such as “Stud Muffin”; adding a name like that to your jersey will most definitely land you on a jersey foul list. These are just a few examples of jersey fouls, though several others exist as well. There will be a future blog dedicated solely to jersey fouls (which will include images of some pretty hilarious ones) so stay tuned for that one!


Now we’ll get to the pros of adding your own name to a jersey. Let’s be honest here for a second; every single one of us who has grown up as an avid hockey fan has dreamt at point or another in their life of playing in the NHL. While we can’t make that dream come true here at IceJerseys, what we can do is provide you with the next best thing. You didn’t make it to the show, but that doesn’t mean that your name can’t make it on a professional team’s jersey! You can rock your jersey while playing pick-up or beer league hockey and feel like (or rather, look like) one of the pros. Who doesn’t want that?!

Getting your own name on your favorite (or 2nd favorite, or 3rd favorite etc..) team’s jersey does have one very obvious pro. That is, it will never, ever become obsolete (unless you’re like Ron Artest and decide to change your name to Metta World Peace). You wouldn’t have to worry about getting Mike Sillinger’d (if you don’t know who that is, look him up) on a jersey if you get your own name as opposed to an NHL players’ name. That is, of course, unless you yourself jump ship and “trade” favorite teams. Bottom line, getting your own name on a jersey is about as safe as getting a retired legend’s name on one.

While we did mention buyers remorse as a con, it can also work as a pro as well. Choosing which NHL players’ name and number to customize on a jersey can be a pretty difficult decision; a decision that can change at any given time. One moment you might want to get Auston Matthews’ #34, the next you might want Morgan Rielly’s #44. Perhaps after you placed the order, you realize that you actually wanted to go with Nylander #29, the proceed to contact us to make said change. Then when you get the jersey finally, you realize that something just isn’t quite right. That you feel guilty about wearing one players’ name and number when in reality, it’s the whole team that you love. If you get your own name and number on the jersey, you’ll never feel that way. You won’t feel like you are favoring one player over another when you in fact like them equally. By adding your own customization to the jersey, all you’re doing is expressing what you set out to express; your love for your team.

These are just a handful of both pros and cons of getting a jersey customized with your own name. The ones included in this list and the many other reasons that one can think of (if you can think of any, please feel free to say them in a comment below) provide you with strong arguments for and against donning a jersey with your name. So, “Should I put my own name and number on my jersey?” At the end of the day, you are the one that will be wearing the jersey. You are also the one that will be paying your hard earned cash on the jersey. So, the decision is ultimately up to you and no one should be able to convince you otherwise!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us