Happy 4/20; here are the best hockey jerseys for potheads

Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Blazers  (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)

Admittedly, I don’t smoke pot and I never have. But I listen to a lot of music made by marijuana enthusiasts and since today is 4/20, I thought it would be fun to come up with the best hockey jerseys for potheads.

We did have the idea of posting the article at 4:20 Eastern time, but then thought folks should have some time to read before the mythical hour was upon them. We also figured we shouldn’t post it in the morning because none of the target audience would be awake yet.

So let’s get to it now.

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AHL’s Condors unveil new and improved logo; Blues to wear Cardinals jerseys

Jared Clinton
Bakersfield Condors' new logo (via Bakersfield Condors)

Thursday afternoon, the Bakersfield Condors, the 2015-16 affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, became the final team from the AHL’s new Pacific Division to officially unveil their logo for the upcoming season.

The Condors, who have a long history of being one of the most creative and hilarious teams in minor professional sports, tried to pull one over on April Fool’s Day by releasing a fake logo, but revealed their actual crest the next day. While the logo isn’t a major departure from the Condors logo that has been worn for the past several seasons, there are some updates connecting next year’s team to the Edmonton Oilers. Read more

San Jose Barracuda: great name, but how do the jersey and logo look?

Matt Larkin
San Jose Barracuda.

The San Jose Sharks are all but Shark fin soup in the Western Conference playoff race. The organization should thus seek enjoyment elsewhere. That’s why Thursday was an ideal moment to announce the Sharks’ new AHL affiliate, the Barracuda, which will play in the freshly designed Pacific Division starting next season. More on that here.

Great name, great division setup, great travel situation for parent and child clubs. But do the new logo and jersey sink or swim? Let’s have a look.

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

Jared Clinton
Islanders Logo (via sportslogos.net)

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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