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ECHL teams to rock awesome ‘Batman’ and ‘Riddler’ jerseys for ‘Heroes Night’ (photo)


Holy brilliant Batman-inspired sweaters, Batman!

As part of a “Heroes Night” event the Toledo Walleyes (a Detroit Red Wings affiliate) are holding Nov. 22, both the home team and the visiting Evansville IceMen (an Ottawa Senators affiliate) will don some pretty fantastic jerseys paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in a Detective Comics issue in May of 1939 while celebrating real-life heroes from police and fire departments.

The Walleyes presumably will be the team rocking the Batman-themed sweaters while the IceMen will have to assume the role of villain and wear Riddler-inspired sweaters.

Meanwhile, fans of “Ten-Eyed Man,” “Kite Man,” Crazy Quilt” (look ’em up), not to mention “Mr. Freeze” and “Poison Ivy” (from the movie side) wonder when their favorite Batman villain will ever get a fair shake.

The Walleyes announced on its official site that the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well, a team-specific charity.

Fans are also encouraged to show up to the game wearing superhero-inspired gear, and a limited number of Batman sweaters will be available at the team’s store, The Swamp Shop, prior to the game.

It’s certainly not the first time a minor league hockey team has come up with crazy sweaters for a theme night (see here and here and here), nor is it the first time Batman has inspired teams to pay tribute to the Caped Crusader, but these jerseys truly are top-notch. A job well done by all involved, although it would have been pretty awesome had the Walleyes re-named its arena “Arkham Asylum” for the evening. Perhaps they will.

One last note, as TSN astutely points out, should there be any confusion between Batman and players wearing Batman jerseys, the Dark Knight himself has advice on how to differentiate between the two:

Ha, indeed.