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Whose Jersey Should You Buy? A Helpful Flowchart

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A flow chart to ensure that you invest your $200 on a replica jersey wisely.

This is the quizzical look Gryba will give you if you say you want to buy his jersey
This is the quizzical look Gryba will give you if you say you want to buy his jersey
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Ah, Labour Day. That beautiful holiday that comes right at the start of September to remind you that summer's over. Sure, that means the end of warm weather, cottages, and beaches. But it also means the return of routines, friends and family who were away, and of course, hockey. We're almost at the point that we can say we're back in NHL season. Rookie camps, training camps, and preseason all take place in the month of September.

Now with the return of hockey, you may be thinking about buying a new Ottawa Senators jersey. That seems like a wise choice. The problem is, whose name do you want on the back? There are so many things to consider, and so many wrong choices to make. You could think of Eric Gryba's beard and forget he was traded over the summer. The safe route is to get a nameless jersey, but that's not nearly as much fun. So to help you out, I've made a handy little flowchart you can use to decide whose jersey to get for the upcoming season. Enjoy! (Click on the image for the option to zoom in.)

s/t to my friend Blaine Cressman (@BlaineCressman) whose chart -- that can be found here -- I lovingly ripped off.

(Editorial notes: An earlier version of the flowchart incorrectly referenced Newfoundland as a maritime province. This has been changed in the most recent version. The inimitable Chet Sellers did a similar flowchart for WTYKY back in January. Any similarities were subconscious. Lawsuits would not be appreciated.)