It’s that time of year again when the best of the NHL come together to show off their skills at the annual All-Star game. This year, Toronto Maple Leafs superstars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Frederik Andersen are attending the festivities. The trio recently debuted their special Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star jerseys and fans were not thrilled about the design. And that’s putting it lightly.
The white and blue away sweaters feature five silver lines that are meant to represent music bars.
However, it seems that interpretation did come through as harmoniously as planned.
In fact, the design has actually got loads of fans saying the same thing, and it's probably not exactly what the designers would have hoped for.
Supporters on social media made numerous comparisons to straitjackets, some even joking that the players look like they’re being held hostage.
Others noted that the jerseys made the team look like the Michelin Man or the guy from the Sponge Towel commercials.
That's also less than ideal.
Many fans were disappointed to learn that star man Matthews will not actually be participating in the All-Star events due to a wrist injury.
The reveal of the jerseys, though, has got some fans speculating that he’s just faking being hurt to get out of wearing them. Ouch.
Take a look at these!
⭐️⭐️⭐️ First look at the Leafs in their #NHLAllStar jerseys. #LeafsForever https://t.co/DGjxEwTuGG— Toronto Maple Leafs (@Toronto Maple Leafs)1579821655.0
We're not sold on these, and it seems neither is a great deal of the team's fan base.
And, in particular, it took almost no time at all for the straitjacket comparisons to start rolling in.
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 the psyche ward called and wants their clothes back— ✨nylander wooh nation✨ (@✨nylander wooh nation✨)1579822642.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 Damn first glance these look like straight jackets. Lol— Jordan Kovacs (@Jordan Kovacs)1579838405.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 Why do they look like straight jackets? https://t.co/EqY4T6PZw7— Rouge (@Rouge)1579840539.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 Blink twice if you're being held hostage Fred. https://t.co/hSuIC0Dhtx— Anthony (@Anthony)1579822043.0
And once the ball was rolling, the comparisons didn't stop at straight jackets.
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 Why do they look like they are waiting to catch a lifeboat from the Titan… https://t.co/jrWgp2Fwuo— 😷🫁🗣 (@😷🫁🗣)1579833665.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 the michelin men.#leafs https://t.co/9hOhp3ky8q— John Riggs (@John Riggs)1579822203.0
@taaeeve Made me think of this! https://t.co/AMtiLfVaAZ— Sean, Nickname "Goody"..........just a dude. (@Sean, Nickname "Goody"..........just a dude.)1579871330.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 They look like they're about to go "fencing" https://t.co/fmHsxXDMeZ— Kevin From Kleinburg (@Kevin From Kleinburg)1579828894.0
Meanwhile, other fans wasted no time with creative comparisons and instead went for blunt honesty.
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 https://t.co/d21s8nwqTX— Rents (@Rents)1579822887.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 Those all star jerseys are absolute garbage— Ba (@Ba)1579822671.0
@MapleLeafs @AM34 @Marner93 @f_andersen30 https://t.co/eosYAFR3Dl— JustLookingAround (@JustLookingAround)1579822802.0
So, what have we learned? Leafs players with dogs, cute. Leafs players with straitjackets, unsettling.
In fact, these look perfect for a Halloween-themed appearance on Family Feud, which we now desperately want to see happen.
But despite the overwhelming distaste for the jersey design, most fans can agree they are just happy to see three Leafs players headed to the game this year.
And while the music sheet-inspired design didn't get the reaction designers probably hoped for, it sure did make fans sing.
It just wasn't in the tune the creators were probably hoping for.