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This Wizards player doesn’t know hockey, but he sure loves custom NHL jerseys

Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott has been collecting NHL jerseys for years, customizing each jersey with song names and some of his own catchphrases. (Video: Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

Mike Scott doesn’t watch hockey. He can’t name the top players in the NHL. And yet, the Washington Wizards reserve forward probably owns more hockey sweaters than Alex Ovechkin.

I started noticing Scott’s collection after Wizards games. While teammates dressed in designer labels, Scott always chose the 100 percent polyester, breathable fabric of an XXL NHL jersey. He just likes how they look and feel. By his latest count, he owns 60, all of which have been customized with something funky on the back in place of a player name.

“You can’t put nothing crazy,” said Scott, who orders five to 10 jerseys at a time on the NHL’s official site, where men’s custom sweaters typically cost between $199.99 and $249.99 each. “You can’t put curse words. I tried.”

Scott played five seasons for the Hawks in Atlanta, and many of his custom jerseys have been inspired by southern slang or song titles. “NAW FR,” a song title borrowed from the Georgia hip-hop trio Migos, is the nameplate of his St. Louis Blues piece, while “PULLUPWITTA,” a SahBabii reference, covers the back of his Columbus Blue Jackets sweater. When Scott signed a one-year deal to join the Wizards last summer, he needed a Capitals jersey. The 29-year-old Virginia native adorned it with a playground taunt: “YOU COOKED,” which means “you ugly.”

In the video above, Scott opened his closet and showed off a few jerseys from his expansive, unique collection. We can promise you, none are cooked.

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