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NHL warns of fake merchandise at Winter Classic


The Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House on the University of Michigan campus before a potentially world record-setting crowd this afternoon.

The National Hockey League is warning fans to watch out for counterfeiters trying to sell fake jerseys and other merchandise at the game.

Kelley Lynch is the attorney for NHL Enterprises. She says fans usually think they’re buying authentic NHL merchandise, only to learn later they’ve purchased counterfeit merchandise of inferior quality.

"Before you make a purchase, take a look at the merchandise. A lot of the errors and a lot of the indicators that the merchandise is of substandard quality are pretty obvious," Lynch said. "And just be suspicious of items where the price might seem too good to be true."

Lynch says fans wanting NHL gear should buy items from official locations both inside and outside of Michigan Stadium, rather than from street vendors.

She says people should be on the lookout for ripped tags, typographical errors, and poor quality screen-printing.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Public since May 2007.