Counterfeiters profit by creating and selling deceptive NHL branded products, often to unsuspecting consumers. While the NHL and the companies that sell well-known NHL branded products are the obvious and direct victims of counterfeiting, this illicit activity also poses a real threat to the livelihoods and lives of workers and consumers and is directly supporting criminals.
The NHL and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) take aggressive action against counterfeiters and routinely seize fake sports merchandise. HSI focuses not only on keeping counterfeit products off U.S. streets, but also on dismantling the criminal organizations behind this activity. If you are selling counterfeit merchandise -- that means you!
NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup, Center Ice name and logo, NHL Conference logos and NHL Winter Classic name are registered trademarks of the NHL.
The NHL offers these anti-counterfeiting tips:
1. Avoid purchasing a NFL jersey outside the arena on a game night, out of the trunk of someone's vehicle, or at a local flea market.
2. When deciding to purchase a NFL jersey, be aware of the price. If it's too good to be true, then it's probably a fake.
3. The Internet is full of fake jerseys. Beware of auction and classified sites such as eBay, Craig's List, Lespac, and Announce123.
4. If a website's method of payment is Pay Pal, it's probably not a legitimate online retailer of officially-licensed NHL products.
5. Reebok does not liquidate authentic jerseys due to overproduction or any other reason. This is important as many illegal vendors will use this as an excuse for the really low price. Illegal vendors may also claim they know someone at Reebok.
This is the authentic official NHL Reebok Penguins Jersey available from NHL.com.
Counterfeiters are very good at producing visually similar counterfeit products, but you are not getting authentic NHL product quality.
Could you identify this Penguins jersey with the trademarked team and NHL logo as a counterfeit?
Bearing the "Stanley Cup" trademarked name and trademarked Penguins team logo service mark, this NFL ring is offered on a China website for just $25. And you can order quantities up to 10,000 pieces.
Dozens of counterfeit championship rings bearing NHL trademarked name are listed on China websites.
Counterfeit products are often listed on eBay or offered to collectors and sold to unsuspecting buyers as "genuine" items.
Poor quality NHL counterfeits are available in a variety of team logos. Counterfeits are specifically designed and packaged to deceive you and separate you from your money.
These counterfeits were seized by law enforcement.
Law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) regularly seize fake sports merchandise and target counterfeit sellers. (photo ICE)
This China website listing offers NHL trademarked Stanly Cup rings for $0.99-4.99 in lots up to 60,000 pieces a month.
Counterfeiting is a criminal industry that damages the authentic brand's reputation and destroys jobs.