The New York Islanders are looking really good for this season. The roster is deeper than it has been in a long time and every position is accounted for. It almost…almost makes you forget about the old “fish sticks” logo and jersey that blighted the franchise in the mid-1990s.
But as it turns out, the team isn’t done with the uniform just yet. According to Newsday, the team will wear a version of the jersey during warm-ups for one game this season, then auction them off for charity. Why? Here’s the money quote:
“It’s part of our history,” said senior marketing manager Eileen Mathews. “I saw probably five to 10 people in Brooklyn wearing that jersey. I think it’s gotten a cult following.”
Brooklyn? Cult following? You know what that’s code for: Hipsters.
Which got me thinking, what other hockey gear will hipsters be rocking this season? Here’s a curated (and possibly artisanal) rundown:
The 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 will be at Nationals Park and played between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks.
Today, the Capitals released what their jerseys would look like for the big event. What do you think of the look? (All photos from the Washington Capitals. The last one is photoshopped to show the ‘C’ and the Winter Classic logo)
Germany’s Red Bull Munich wore some excellent jerseys on the weekend that we just have to draw your attention to.
Now, this isn’t anything new to the team. Munich annually wears a lederhosen-style jersey-pants-socks combination for Oktoberfest celebrations, though they change the design. On Sunday, the team cracked out this year’s look against Dusseldorf – a game which Munich won 4-3.
How awesome are these jerseys? Read more
The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a third jersey they’ll use during the 2014-15 season today – and we’re big fans of the throwback look.
The “Pittsburgh Gold,” a color scheme used way back in the Mario Lemieux Stanley Cup days, returns for 12 games this season. When the Penguins moved away from these jerseys in the early 1990s, they were a league powerhouse with back-to-back Stanley Cups. And although we ranked the current Penguins logo – with its dulled gold color – eighth-best in the NHL, we would rank the Pittsburgh Gold penguin even higher. It’s a sharp look.
Check it out. Here are the third jerseys the Penguins will use. Excellent stuff, right? Read more
The newly named Arizona Coyotes announced their game night promotions schedule for the coming season and we’ll get a blast from the past in early March.
On March 5, a Thursday game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Coyotes will celebrate “Throwback Night.”
From the Coyotes website:
Celebrate the Coyotes history in the Valley of the Sun and watch the team play in one of the franchise’s original uniforms. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a throwback Jeremy Roenick Bobble Head courtesy of Gila River Casinos.
That’s right – the Coyotes will wear one of the original jerseys they used when the team first moved to the desert from Winnipeg in 1996. We are bigger fans of the current logo and jersey design the team uses (we ranked the Coyotes logo No. 2 in the NHL), but we can’t wait to see these old jerseys back in action – as long as it’s for one night only. Read more
The Bakersfield Condors will wear special jerseys for a Nov. 16 game that are going to be very difficult for any other hockey team to top this season.
The ECHL team will host a Seinfeld-themed game night in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the first episode of the famous sitcom. As part of that event, the Condors will wear “Puffy Shirt” jerseys and instead of player surnames appearing on the name bars, they’ll use character names from the show. So far, 20 names have been confirmed: Jerry, George, Kramer, Newman, Frank Costanza, Puddy, J. Peterman, Steinbrenner, Morty Seinfeld, Uncle Leo, Art Vandelay, Kenny Bania, Lloyd Braun, Jackie Chiles, Crazy Joe Davola, Mandelbaum, Bubble Boy, Keith Hernandez, Mickey Abbott and Assman.
The team is taking submissions for the final five names through their Facebook, Twtter and Instagram accounts.
And making these jerseys even better are the “sponsors” who will appear. Among them are Vandelay Industries, Pendant Publishing and Kramerica.
But what if the players don’t want to be pirates? Read more
Monday night, the St. Louis Blues unveiled their new jersey designs for the 2014-15 season at the Ice Breaker fan event. We’re already fans of the Blues logo, having ranked them third in the NHL in our logo rankings last week, and now we like their jerseys even more.
The team says the “uniforms reflect a modernized version of the classic look worn by the team from 1998-2007. The uniform leaves the Blue Note unchanged, symbolizing the club’s pride in one of the greatest logos in all of sports.”
What do you think? Read more
Last week at Icethetics, the jersey gurus presented a collection of hockey jerseys adorned with Major League Baseball team logos. At first, they showed off the American League logos and this week they moved on to the National League.
David Parkinson, the artist behind these deigns based each jersey off the local team or a defunct local team, depending on the market. Here is the list of inspirations for each National League design:
• Arizona Diamondbacks based on Coyotes
• Atlanta Braves based on Thrashers (1999)
• Chicago Cubs based on Blackhawks
• Cincinnati Red based on Cincinnati Stingers (WHA, 1975)
• Colorado Rockies based on Avalanche
• Los Angeles Dodgers based on Kings
• Miami Marlins based on Florida Panthers
• Milwaukee Brewers based on Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
• New York Mets based on Islanders
• Philadelphia Phillies based on Flyers
• Pittsburgh Pirates based on Penguins
• San Diego Padres based on San Diego Mariners (WHA, 1974)
• San Francisco Giants based on San Jose Sharks
• St. Louis Cardinals based on Blues
• Washington Nationals based on Capitals
Here are some of our favorites: Read more