If you care to watch the NHL All-Star Game – and if you do, you probably have kids – you’ll know the league hasn’t used black vs. white jerseys in a long time. They’ve gone with red, white and blue combinations, they’ve tried green and purple. But neon green? That one would be new.
Lo and behold, that may be the direction the NHL goes in its 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus.
A Reebok catalog that became accessible online shows all kinds of apparel from all 30 NHL teams. Then, on Page 94, it starts into all-star paraphernalia. And that’s when we start seeing an awful lot of hints that black and bright, bright green will be a big part of the event.
First clue: take note of the picture above. The Columbus All-Star Game logo features the team’s colors, but above that we see a “00″ that looks like numbers on the back of a jersey. The numbers are black, with a neon green outline.
Second clue: this logo that appears on Page 107 of the catalog.
There’s a really neat series going on at Icethetics that’s been looking at designer Ken Loh and his involvement with NHL logo designs in the 1990s. It started out with a teal Philadelphia Flyers alternate jersey that never saw the light of day, during a time when the NHL was seeking to break with tradition.
Here’s what Loh told the website about the Flyers redesign and what the league wanted its jersey redesigns to explore during this time:
“The idea was to break the mold and be less traditional with the designs. The league … wanted us to push the envelope, which is probably why there were some pretty garish patterns and gradients being used for other third jerseys around the league. Personally, I was never a fan of that approach so I tended to stick with solid colors in my designs.
While the brief was to redesign the jersey, we were encouraged to come up with new, alternate treatments for secondary logos and wordmarks. There wasn’t really any expectation that any of the artwork we designed would replace any of the existing team logos or identities at that time.” Read more
In his young NHL career, Jaden Schwartz has found a lot of success wearing No. 9. This past season, he emerged as a big scorer on the contending St. Louis Blues, logging 25 goals and 56 points in 80 games. But he’s changing his number starting in 2014-15 for a very meaningful reason.
Schwartz will wear No. 17 next season in honor of his sister, Mandi, who was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia in 2008 and passed away in 2011 at the age of 23. Mandi wore the No. 17 with the Yale University women’s team.
Jaden announced the number change through Twitter on the weekend. Read more
On June 27, draft day, the Anaheim Ducks unveiled their new jerseys for the 2014-15 season. The home jersey is almost a copy of their third jerseys, except for the outline color around the numbers being orange instead of gold. Both jerseys went away from the lettering that spelled out “Ducks” and embraced the webbed “D” logo.
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim’s big off-season acquisition, landed in the city for the first time and threw out the first pitch at the Angels-Blue Jays baseball game Wednesday. Before that, he stopped by the Ducks’ team store to try on the new jersey.
Yesterday, we caught a glimpse of Jarome Iginla in his new jersey, albeit in video game form. And now we can stop imagining Kesler in Ducks colors and see what it looks like. Avert your eyes, Canucks fans.
The hockey world is often noted for its progressive approach to the LGBTQ community, most notably led by the You Can Play Project. NHLers have taken their support to social media and on the airwaves, but this support goes beyond just the North American hockey community.
Next season, Kiruna IF, a team in Sweden’s tier-3 professional league, will wear these rainbow-colored jerseys in support of Gay rights. Read more
Well that was easy. Simply push the “cool” button, then sit back and watch the fireworks.
Apparently, far too many fans care what one egghead editor ironically considers cool. For the few that caught the irony in the No. 1 hockey fan faux pas, a tip of the hat to you. For those that took the silliness much too seriously (“it’s not about fashion, it’s about coolness.” Really? That wasn’t a drop-dead giveaway?), feel free to lay the lack of clarity on the editor. As the saying goes, “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is still king,” and he should have put it in braille.
So since the first hockey fan faux pas was so much fun, perhaps the second will be just as enjoyable. Read more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent shock waves through NFL circles Wednesday with its cancellation of six federal trademark patents for the name “Washington Redskins”. The league’s Washington franchise and its widely-loathed owner Dan Snyder had for years been in the crosshairs of critics who demanded the team change its name from Redskins; Snyder steadfastly threw out lame excuse after lame excuse for not adopting a different team name, but the ruling laid bare the core reason a change was long overdue.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the Patent and Trademark Office wrote in its decision.
It’s expected Snyder will appeal Wednesday’s ruling, but he and those who defend the Redskins’ current moniker are standing on a rhetorical ice floe surrounded by heat lamps. It is but a matter of time until he’s forced to admit the battle is lost. That said, the focus on the Redskins name has led to others wondering why the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks aren’t facing similar questions, critiques and demands for change.
The answer is they shouldn’t. The Blackhawks name isn’t drenched in hate and the unspeakably horrific treatment of Native Americans as the Redskins name is. Chicago’s NHL team got its name in 1926, when owner Frederic McLaughlin decided to honor the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Division of the U.S. Army; McLaughlin had served in the unit, whose members called themselves the Black Hawks as a tribute to the Sauk Indian chief who fought alongside the British in the War of 1812.
The Redskins’ name, on the other hand, has undeniably racist, murderous roots. Comedian John Oliver provided a tremendous evisceration of Snyder and the Redskins on his HBO series “Last Week Tonight”: Read more
For the first time since 2010-11, Sidney Crosby topped the list of jersey sales through the NHL’s online shop during the regular season.
Do any of the other names who appear on the list surprise you? Read more