U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation agents seized about $350,000 worth of counterfeit NHL Winter Classic merchandise between Dec. 28 and yesterday, according to reports.
HSI agents worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Philadelphia Police Department to seize about 1,600 items from 150 mail centers and nine Philadelphia street vendors. Also confiscated were counterfeit MLB, NFL, NBA and NCAA goods.
Authentic items can be distinguished by a hologram sticker or hangtag and a sewn-in or screen printed neck label bearing an authorized league license to produce genuine or official merchandise, officials said, and counterfeit goods cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars per year.
According to the NHL's website, they began coordinating anti-counterfeit efforts with local and federal law enforcement in late November or early December and aimed to replicate success they've had with similar seizures at past Winter Classics in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh.