(for the second time in CSTB history, Lawrence Hayward reacts poorly to being mistakenly paged)

“We never went out to design the nicest jersey in the world,” says Saskatoon spokesperson Michael Scissors of the WHL Blades‘ one-night only denim jerseys, scheduled to be worn this Friday, November 12 when the Portland WinterHawks visit. Hey, mission accomplished! Since the Montreal Gazette’s Cory Wolfe actually lives in Canada, he’s fully entitled to pass judgement on what apparently was meant to be a tribute to the upcoming Professional Bull Riders Finals.

The jean-jacket look ” known in some circles as a Canadian tuxedo ” has been a hot topic on TV and the Internet. Sportsnet hockey analyst Nick Kypreos scoffed at the design during a Wednesday panel discussion, and some Internet posters mocked it as œhorrible or œawful or œhorribly awful.

Other fans, though, are pumped about the denim design.

One Internet poster wrote that he™d fly from Boston to Saskatoon if the Blades could get NFL quarterback Brett Favre ” who happens to endorse Wrangler jeans ” to limp out to centre ice for the ceremonial faceoff.

Another poster wondered if the Blades would complete the look by wearing chaps. (For the record, they™ll be wearing standard hockey pants and socks.)