NEW YORK -- While fans were getting ready to celebrate the New York Rangers' first Stanley Cup since 1940 with a parade today, the National Hockey League filed suit in Manahattan Federal Court Thursday to stop vendors from cashing in by selling nonapproved merchandise.

NHL Enterprises, the licensing arm of the NHL, obtained a court order allowing the U.S. Marshal to "seize and impound any and all" illegal paraphernalia bearing counterfeit versions of the league's copyrights.

The suit says law enforcement officials will begin their effort by scouring the perimeters of the parade route -- from Battery Park in lower Manhattan to City Hall -- in search of vendors selling unauthorized merchandise bearing the NHL's copyrighted logos.

In the past year, NHL Enterprises estimates retail sales of licensed merchandise exceeded $1 billion.

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