Islanders to close out final regular season at Nassau Coliseum in throwback style

Jared Clinton
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On Oct. 7, 1972, the New York Islanders took to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the first time in history. And come April 11, the Islanders will play the last ever regular season game in that very same building. To commemorate the 43-year history of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, the team will don special throwback jerseys paying tribute to their inaugural season.

The throwback jerseys are nearly exact replicas of the threads worn by the expansion Islanders in 1972-73, except for one notable difference: the name bar. In New York’s first season, the jerseys were without player names on the back, but the Islanders will be wearing names on the backs of their sweaters for their season-ending tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets. You can check the jerseys out below: Read more

AHL’s Wolf Pack to wear jerseys with fans’ names on Anti-Bullying Night

Jared Clinton
The Hartford Wolf Pack will wear a special jersey on Friday to honor fans who took the Kindness Pledge. (via Hartford Wolf Pack)

Professional and minor league teams have employed many strategies when it comes to themed jerseys. But few have been as interesting or inclusive as the Hartford Wolf Pack’s threads for Friday night’s game, which will be decorated with the names of hundreds of fans who took part in Hartford’s “Kindness Pledge.”

The specialty jerseys, which will be worn on Anti-Bullying Night, are closely tied to the Wolf Pack’s Kindness Campaign because the organization believes that in order to stop bullying, overall kindness must be promoted.

“Anti-bullying and being respectful is definitely a growing issue with social media and things of that nature,” said Adam Goldberg, the Wolf Pack’s director of business development. “We thought that it would be a good opportunity for us to have this issue brought to more light with the Anti-Bullying Night.” Read more

The Pittsburgh Penguins (Piongaini) go Gaelic for St. Patrick’s Day

Josh Elliott
Sidney Crosby

Everyone likes to pretend they’re a little Irish around St. Patrick’s Day, but who expected the Pittsburgh Penguins to look more Irish than the Boston Bruins?

The Pens took to the ice at home on Saturday wearing green warmup jerseys to commemorate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. But where most teams would simply go green and leave it at that, the Penguins went to the next level by putting Gaelic names on their jersey nameplates.

Gaelic is the traditional language in Ireland, and if you’ve ever heard it, it sounds like someone speaking English in the thickest Irish accent you can imagine. That is, essentially, what the Pens’ jersey names sound like.
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Brampton Beast give fans new hope with ‘Star Wars Night’

Jared Clinton
ECHL's Brampton Beast will wear these jerseys for 'Star Wars Night' (via Brampton Beast/YouTube)

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.

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‘Brooklyn Hockey’: Barclays Center trademarks new logos before Islanders’ arrival next season

Adam Proteau
Islanders Logo (via sportslogos.net)

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

Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate to be named San Diego Gulls

Jared Clinton
San Diego Gulls AHL featured

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

Swedish league goaltender, teammates celebrate Pride Night victory with on-ice YMCA

Jared Clinton
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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