Wild pay tribute to state, Blackhawks to city with Stadium Series uniforms

Jared Clinton
Wild and Blackhawks Stadium Series jerseys (via NHL Shop)

There’s no more need for guesswork when it comes to what threads the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will wear when they face off for the Stadium Series contest at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21.

Tuesday morning, both the Wild and Blackhawks officially unveiled their uniforms for the Stadium Series contest, with both teams electing for a traditional look with slight alterations made for the outdoor tilt.

For the Wild, the green jersey keeps the primary logo the same while introducing a brand new shoulder patch, while the Blackhawks elected to rehash a look similar to what was worn in 2015 at the Winter Classic contest against the Washington Capitals. Read more

Modern Motown? Check out Detroit’s Stadium Series jersey

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Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series jerseys (via Detroit Red Wings/NHL)

The Detroit Red Wings have one of the most iconic logos in all of sports, but don’t expect to see it front and center at the Stadium Series in Denver when the Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche.

In an event for season ticket holders Monday, the Red Wings unveiled their jerseys for the outdoor contest against the Avalanche, which is set to take place Feb. 27. The jerseys are unlike anything Detroit has ever worn before. While some teams who’ve taken part in outdoor games — the Red Wings among them — have gone with retro looks, this is a brand new, modernized design for Detroit.

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Whether for St. Patrick’s Day or Star Wars, custom jerseys can be made to fit any theme

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By Chris Gigley

No two days are ever the same for Scott Gollnick. That’s because no two jerseys his company makes are ever alike.

Gollnick is VP of sales and marketing for OT Sports, a Burlington, N.C., company that specializes in producing theme night jerseys for minor league teams. From special children’s hospital charity jerseys that feature the art of a patient, to ‘Game of Thrones’ jerseys celebrating HBO’s hit TV show, OT has designed and produced those and everything in between.

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Sponsorship deal with Adidas means changes coming to NHL jerseys, but nothing drastic yet

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By Matt Carlson

In most of the world, the team sport linked to Adidas is soccer – or “football” just about everywhere outside the U.S. and Canada. And Adidas’ new seven-year partnership as the NHL’s “authentic outfitter of on-ice uniforms” figures to give the league’s licensed apparel sales and global brand exposure a boost when it kicks in, starting in 2017-18.

With the deal, Adidas immediately became a hockey brand in jerseys, the NHL’s signature merchandise category. But its parent Adidas Group didn’t suddenly become a hockey company when the deal was announced this off-season.


The German-based corporation owns Reebok, the NHL’s jersey provider the past decade, as well as sister-brand CCM, the century-old maker of skates, sticks and player protective and goalie gear. But the deal means the Adidas name and logo – the iconic “Brand with Three Stripes” – will appear on NHL jerseys in some form that’s still to be determined, according to company and league execs. Players, coaches and training staff will also be outfitted in other Adidas-branded products.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he’s thrilled by the resources Adidas will dedicate to the partnership, but the league isn’t releasing financial terms on the deal that makes the global footwear and apparel company its marquee “official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear.” The key to the agreement: Adidas will make, brand and distribute authentic and high-end replica NHL jerseys, including best-selling Premier models, that fans are buying in increasing numbers.

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North Dakota finally gets new nickname after more than three years

Jared Clinton
Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The University of North Dakota nickname saga has finally come to an end. After three years without an official team name, more than one year of work by committees and multiple public votes, the school has officially adopted the moniker ‘Fighting Hawks.’

UND president Robert Kelley announced the new team name Wednesday in a press conference, which was the culmination of a public vote that saw more than 27,000 votes cast in order to select the Fighting Hawks nickname. With 57 percent of the vote, the name beat out the alternative, Roughriders, in the final of three public votes.

When asked about the nickname, men’s hockey coach Brad Berry said he doesn’t want it to impact the culture that has been built by the team over the past several seasons. “I know we’re North Dakota, now we’re the Fighting Hawks,” Berry told the Grand Forks Herald. “We want to make sure nothing changes in our group. That’s about winning games and trying to hang banners. We want to make sure that remains in tact.” Read more

Green Bay Gamblers raise $25,000 for charity with awesome military jerseys, helmets

Jared Clinton
Green Bay Gamblers Military Appreciation Night logo (via Green Bay Gamblers)

The Green Bay Gamblers hit the ice Saturday night for their annual Military Appreciation Night decked out in camouflaged jerseys and helmets, but the event provided much more than a tribute to the military.

After the massive success of the 2014 Military Appreciation Night, an event that raised roughly $20,000 to benefit local military veterans, the club was set to attempt to break the previous year’s record. And after the Gamblers 2-0 victory over the Bloomington Thunder, Green Bay players put their game-worn jerseys and helmets up for auction and, with the support of local businesses, raised over $25,000 for local veterans through Disabled American Veterans.

“The event was fantastic,” said Gamblers’ media relations coordinator, Jason Habeck. “We announced 5,777 in attendance, which is about 700 more than last year. It’s in its fourth year and it has just grown each year.” Read more

46 ways to make hockey way, way better. Maybe

If the NHL doesn't want to send its players to the Olympics, how about holding the World Junior Championship there? (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

In 13 years as Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News, I’ve made a ton of suggestions on how to improve the game. You’d almost think I didn’t like it.

The truth is, I feel it’s part of my job to help stimulate conversation and debate. While hockey is still pretty darned fantastic, nothing is perfect.

What follows is a list of various things I’ve suggested, conceived, advocated or supported during my baker’s dozen years in my ivory tower.
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WHL’s Saskatoon Blades unveil Star Wars-themed jerseys

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Saskatoon Blades Star Wars jerseys (via Saskatoon Blades)

The hype surrounding the newest Star Wars film, which is set to be released in December, is almost impossible to escape. And if you were hoping to take in a hockey game to get away from the Star Wars frenzy, don’t head to Saskatoon in late November.

The WHL’s Saskatoon Blades have planned themselves a Star Wars night for Saturday, Nov. 28 when the Edmonton Oil Kings roll into town. In sticking with the theme of the evening, the Blades have unveiled some brand new jerseys that they’ll be wearing for the game. The threads, which use a fight scene from of the film’s fictional planets, Hoth, as the background, are exactly what you’d expect from a Lucasfilm-approved, Star Wars-themed jersey: Read more