Hat manufacturer 'embarrassed' by Women's Frozen Four error

Brook Garzone and the Golden Gophers wore hats commemorating the yet-to-be-played men's Frozen Four during their on-ice celebration on Sunday. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

The NCAA's official supplier of championship headgear apologized Thursday for putting the wrong Frozen Four logos on caps given to Minnesota players after they won the ice hockey national championship on Sunday.

Scott Shuler, president of Top of the World headwear in Norman, Oklahoma, said the company was "extremely sorry" and "embarrassed" for the mix-up.

The caps distributed to Minnesota's players and coaches after their 3-1 victory over Boston College in Durham, New Hampshire, contained the men's Frozen Four logo on the side instead of the women's version. The two logos are similar in shape and color with slightly different wording; the men's says "Tampa Bay" and the women's says "Durham, N.H."

The mistake made the rounds on social media on Monday.

"After discussing and investigating the issue on our end, it was simply an oversight and honest mistake in a rush to produce and send the hats to have on ice for the team celebration after the game," Shuler wrote in an email to espnW.

"The front of the hat showed the correct NCAA women's national champions graphic; the mistake was on the heat seal, which was affixed to the side of the hat, which was not caught prior to the hats being shipped."

This is the first year the men's and women's logos shared similar designs. Shuler said 60 replacement caps with the correct logo have been shipped to Minnesota, and another 144 are going out next week.

"We are using this as a learning moment and are looking into our processes to ensure that this mistake is not repeated. It was, in no way whatsoever, meant to diminish the incredible accomplishments of [Minnesota]."

Previously, the NCAA apologized to Minnesota for failing to catch the error before the caps were distributed.

"We appreciate our partnership with the NCAA and the University of Minnesota and again sincerely apologize for the mistake," Shuler wrote.