Friday night in Brampton, get ready to be taken to a galaxy far, far away.
To get the weekend started right, the ECHL’s Beast are hosting a ‘Star Wars Night’ which will feature their players skating around in custom jerseys that feature prominent characters from the original trilogy. Not only will the jerseys pay tribute to the sci-fi series, so will the names on the back of each sweater.
From Luke Skywalker all the way down to Emperor Palpatine, the Beast players held a character draft in order to decide which player would get to wear the name of their favorite character from Star Wars on their jersey. You have to respect Brampton winger Chad Painchaud for selecting Jar Jar Binks without being forced. Taking one for the team with that choice.
The New York Islanders aren’t about to give up their franchise’s name when the team moves to Brooklyn next season. However, it looks as if the team will have a third jersey that fits in with the colors of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets – and that doesn’t include “Islanders” on it.
As evidence, consider that the Barclays Center has recently applied for trademarks on new logos, both of which only use the phrase “Brooklyn Hockey”, while using a black-and-white that match the Nets’ uniforms: (Via The Sporting News and Nets Daily) Read more
When it was announced Anaheim’s AHL team was moving from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., talk immediately began about what the club would be named.
Sunday afternoon, it appears San Diego hockey fans have gotten their answer: the relocated team will take on the Gulls name, paying tribute to the longstanding tradition of area hockey teams being given that moniker. Read more
Things are never dull for Orebro of the SHL, especially not with Julius Hudacek in goal.
Following Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Frolunda, the always-eccentric Hudacek took to the ice for another of his signature celebrations, this time with some teammates in tow. Together, the six teammates busted out their favorite dance moves along to the 1970s disco group The Village People, the YMCA. Read more
The ECHL’s Ontario Reign is part of the groundbreaking new American League Pacific division – and Wednesday, the L.A. Kings affiliate unveiled their new jerseys and logo when they make the jump to the AHL next season.
The Reign, who’ve won four ECHL Pacific Divsion championships, were aiming for a new look that establishes a connection with their parent team in Los Angeles – and they can pat themselves on the back knowing the mission was accomplished. When you look at the logo and jersey, you can’t help but think Kings, and not simply because of the colors. Speaking of: Their new home jerseys are white with black and gray stripes along the waist and elbows, and a black stripe runs along the shoulders and sleeve of the jersey; and their road jerseys are black with white and grey stripes along the waist and elbows. But the logo is unmistakably reminiscent of the Kings’: Read more
The Ontario Hockey League last week approved the sale and relocation of the Plymouth Whalers to Flint, Michigan. And it looks as if the team’s new name might be a giant nod and wink to a Will Ferrell comedy movie.
According to the Flint Journal, the team’s new owners have registered a number of potential new franchise names with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, including “Flint Pride”, “Flint Phoenix”, “Flint Sparks”, and “Flint Vikings”. But the one that’s resonating most with fans so far is “Flint Tropics” – a name first heard in Ferrell’s sports comedy film “Semi-Pro“. In that movie, a pro basketball team in the old American Basketball Association is known as the Flint Tropics – and in an interview with Sports Illustrated, the former Saturday Night Live superstar explained why the movie’s creators selected such a curious name: Read more
It feels like it has been said a thousand times, but there really isn’t a team in hockey that has as much fun as the Bakersfield Condors.
On Sunday, Feb. 15, the team will don 50 Shades of Grey themed jerseys to coincide with the release of the film. The jerseys – which, yes, have 50 actual shades of grey – feature themes from the series, including a necktie, handcuffs, masquerade masks and the outlines of each book in the trilogy. Read more
On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders donned the infamous “Fisherman” jerseys to honor their history and the time they’ve spent at Nassau Coliseum. In exactly a month, the Phoenix Coyotes will don the same jerseys they wore in their debut season – the kachina threads that became best known for looking like something Picasso would have designed.
But what are the jerseys we’d most like to see make a comeback? With the advent of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, retro jerseys have a very clear place in today’s NHL, so it opens up the door for jersey lovers to let their minds wonder. These are the top 10 extinct jerseys that we’d like to see come back to life – even if only for a night. Read more