Hamilton Bulldogs unveil black and gold jerseys to honor city’s hockey history

Jared Clinton
(via Hamilton Bulldogs/YouTube)

The Hamilton Bulldogs have nearly completed their inaugural OHL campaign, but the team will truly look the part of a Hamilton-based sports franchise come 2016-17.

As part of a jersey redesign, the Bulldogs are going to a black and gold color scheme from the next campaign and will say goodbye to the current red, blue and white scheme that was brought over from the team’s AHL days as the affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. The updated scheme isn’t simply an eye-catching new look, though. It ties into the city’s sports history, dating all the way back to the Hamilton Tigers, one of the original NHL clubs during that played its first games in 1920.

In a video that was paired with the jersey’s release, the Bulldogs debuted the jerseys and talked briefly about Hamilton’s sporting history and the meaning of black and gold: Read more

USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks unveil hilarious ‘Beach Night’ jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Muskegon Lumberjacks/Twitter)

Spring is right around the corner, but the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks want to skip the season altogether and get right to shorts, sandals and sleeveless shirt weather. Or at least that’s what one would assume by looking at their hilarious jerseys for their upcoming theme night.

Saturday night when Muskegon hosts the Sioux City Musketeers, the Lumberjacks will be welcoming their fans to the first ever ‘Beach Night.’ And while fans will likely be pleased with the leis, $3 drink specials, hula hoop contest and Tiki Bar beer garden, the star of the show — beyond the hockey, of course — will be the Lumberjacks’ jerseys.

The ‘Beach Night’ threads are hilarious and one of the more ridiculous jerseys we’ve ever seen. Made to look like a sleeveless shirt, the jerseys are paired with a pants shell that looks like a pair of swim trunks and custom socks that show off some “skin” and a socks and sandals look at the bottom. Seriously, these jerseys are great: Read more

Toledo Walleye to host Zombie Night, jerseys to get zombified as game progresses

Jared Clinton
(via Toledo Walleye/Instagram)

With the Bakersfield Condors playing in the AHL, the throne for best game-day promotions was up for grabs in the ECHL. And while there may be a few contenders for the top spot, it’d be hard not to give the nod to the Toledo Walleye this season.

Already this season the Walleye have hosted 8-Bit Night, which featured jerseys styled after Super Mario, and Don Cherry Night, which featured blue and yellow checkerboard jerseys, but the promotions aren’t stopping there. In less than two weeks, the Walleye will host Zombie Night, and they’re not settling for just one specialty jersey.

During the March 12 game against the Norfolk Admirals, the Walleye will make ECHL history by wearing three different jerseys in one game, and each one will get increasingly gory as the skaters become zombified: Read more

The World Cup team jerseys have been revealed. Let’s rank them

Ian Denomme
Canada

The NHL and NHLPA have spent all day Wednesday slowly, and meticulously unveiling the first 16 players for each of the eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The specifically made-for-TV event full of flashy graphics and many talking heads, for the most part, was about as exciting a trade deadline day without any trades.

The one bit of fun and frivolity came when the jerseys for each team were unveiled. The design of hockey jerseys can be almost as contentious an issue as the rosters themselves with some fans. And while some countries almost always have similar looks, the 2016 event has the added wrinkle of two teams, North America and Europe, with no existing logos or template to work with.

These jerseys are the first to be designed for the NHL by adidas as part of a new sponsorship agreement. You’ll note the strong adidas influence on all the jerseys with the three stripes running up the seems on each side into the armpits. And it’s not completely objectionable.

Here now is a look at each team’s uniform, ranked from worst to best.

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Canucks unveil awesome old school jerseys ahead of Retro Night

Jared Clinton
(via CanucksTV/YouTube)

Of all the classic Vancouver Canucks jerseys, there’s not one fans wanted to see make a return more than the old school ‘Flying Skate’ Canucks sweater. It’s the jersey of Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden and Kirk McLean. It’s the uniform the Canucks wore during their magical run to the Stanley Cup final in 1994. And it’s making its return Feb. 13.

The Canucks unveiled the updated version of the sweater Monday on their Twitter account in a take-off of the unboxing videos that have become popular over the past few years. With mascot Johnny Canuck behind the camera delivering a bizarre voiceover, we get our first look at the ‘Retro Night’ Canucks jerseys: Read more

IceCaps unveil beautiful tribute jersey, honor 100th anniversary of World War One battle

Jared Clinton
Gabriel Dumont models the IceCaps' newest jersey (via St. John's IceCaps)

On July 1, 1916, approximately 733 men from Newfoundland and Labrador were killed or injured during the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. In the 100th anniversary year of that battle, the St. John’s IceCaps want to commemorate and pay tribute to those who fought in the battle and are doing so with a tribute jersey.

The new uniform, which was unveiled Thursday in St. John’s, is a striking jersey that honors the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Using the color scheme of the parent club Montreal Canadiens, the jersey uses both broad and narrow striping, a two-color collar and the wide horizontal band of color across the torso that has been used for years on Canadiens jerseys. Take a look: Read more

Toledo Walleye to host Don Cherry night, wear checkerboard suit jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Toledo Walleye)

Don Cherry is one of the most recognizable figures in all of hockey, and a big part of that is it’s not hard to spot the Coach’s Corner host every Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada. Just look for the most spectacularly dressed on set, and that’s Cherry.

Cherry’s suits have been everything from garish to great, and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye have certainly taken notice. That’s why Jan. 23 the Walleye will be hosting ‘Don Cherry Jersey Night,’ and the jerseys for the evening are exactly what one would hope. The Walleye aren’t interested in showcasing Cherry’s more subtle attire. Instead, they’re going all out with a nod to one of Cherry’s checkerboard suits. Read more

NHL gives nod to Nashville with 2016 All-Star Game jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via NHL)

The NHL officially unveiled the jerseys for the 2016 All-Star Game Wednesday, and the showcase-game threads are a tip of the cap to the city of Nashville and the host Predators.

“The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star jersey pays tribute to the city of Nashville’s cultural scene, which includes the Nashville Predators,” said NHL chief marketing officer and executive vice president Brian Jennings. “With creative support from Reebok’s design team, the jerseys reflect the deep bond the Predators have with the music community, the city’s growing passion for hockey and the All-Star Game’s showcase of the best players in the League.”

While some of the connections to Nashville may not seem obvious, there are a number of ways the league has tied in the city and the Predators into the All-Star Game. Read more