We haven’t seen one in Edmonton for a while.
In the dying moments of Tuesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a loss that took the Oilers’ slippage to six games, a fan threw a jersey on the ice.
someone just threw an Oilers jersey on the ice in Edmonton * while the game was going * pic.twitter.com/KNhht9Fnzr
– zach laing (@zjlaing) December 15, 2021
The sweater throwing is nothing new in these regions and it has even spread to Canada to allow fans to show their dissatisfaction. The Leafs have had a jersey throw a few games in the season and the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks both had one in December.
The tradition started in December 2013 and has been repeated several times since. This is the first jersey throw we’ve seen in Edmonton since the 2018-19 season, when the team grew 2-1 before ultimately losing 6-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
It certainly sounds a bit dramatic, considering the Oilers are still 16-11-0 this season. I mean, times are bad, but they’re not bad in the Dallas Eakins era.
Also, I have said it before and I will say it again, this form of protest makes no sense. You have already paid for the jersey and you are most likely going to buy a new one once the emotions cool down, so you are definitely not sticking it to the organization in any capacity. Are you doing it just to insult the players? Booing yourself is not enough? The shirt toss is just cheesy at this point, if you ask me.
What do you say, Nation? What do you think of jersey throwers?