Pittsburgh Penguins unveil excellent throwback third jersey – what do you think?

Rory Boylen
Pittsburgh's third jersey.

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

Coyotes to wear throwback jersey in March: Which one should they use?

Rory Boylen
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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

Bakersfield Condors to wear awesome “Puffy Shirt” jerseys for Seinfeld-themed night

Rory Boylen
These are the "Puffy Shirts" the Bakersfield Condors will wear for a Seinfeld-themed game night.

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

St. Louis Blues get a new jersey – what do you think?

Rory Boylen
Image via Chris Creamer.

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.”

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What would Major League Baseball logos look like on hockey jerseys – the National League

Rory Boylen
(Image from Icethetics.com)

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

New All-Star jersey photo leaked – Should we love it or hate it?

Matt Larkin
ASG jersey 2

The NHL gave us heavy dose of special Stadium Series jerseys last season, consistently infused with a shiny chrome treatment over the logos.

According to a leaked photo posted on the website Icethetics, the chrome takeover continues. The key detail missing: we don’t yet know what this jersey will be used for. If it’s a practice jersey – and it sure looks like one – it’s pretty darned cool. The black and white are simple and classy enough, and the huge, shimmering NHL crest immediately grabs the eye.

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What would Major League Baseball logos look like on hockey jerseys?

Rory Boylen
The Toronto Blue Jays logo on a hockey jersey. Who'd a thunk it? (Image via Icethetics)

For the past few weeks, we’ve been rolling out our NHL logo rankings and are entering the stretch drive of that this season. We don’t consider the jersey when ranking these logos, but whenever you look at them, you think of them on the sweater.

But what if you took the concept of a hockey jersey and redesigned it to fit each city’s Major League Baseball team? Over at Icethetics, David Parkinson has taken that concept and designed some pretty interesting baseball/hockey jerseys.

So far, the website has released its designs for the American League teams, but you’ll have to check back in there next Sunday to see the National League designs. Here is who Parkinson based each jersey on:

Baltimore Orioles based on Baltimore Blades (WHA, 1974)
Boston Red Sox based on Bruins
Cleveland Indians based on Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Chicago White Sox based on Blackhawks
Detroit Tigers based on Red Wings
Houston Astros based on Houston Aeros (AHL, 1994)
Kansas City Royals based on Kansas City Scouts (NHL, 1974)
Los Angeles Angels based on Anaheim Ducks
Minnesota Twins based on Wild
New York Yankees based on Rangers
Oakland Athletics based on Oakland Seals (NHL, 1967)
Seattle Mariners based on Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Tampa Bay Rays based on Lightning
Texas Rangers based on Dallas Stars
Toronto Blue Jays based on Maple Leafs Read more

Will neon green be used on NHL All-Star Game jerseys this season?

Rory Boylen
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If you care to watch the NHL All-Star Game – and if you do, you probably have kids – you’ll know the league hasn’t used black vs. white jerseys in a long time. They’ve gone with red, white and blue combinations, they’ve tried green and purple. But neon green? That one would be new.

Lo and behold, that may be the direction the NHL goes in its 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus.

A Reebok catalog that became accessible online shows all kinds of apparel from all 30 NHL teams. Then, on Page 94, it starts into all-star paraphernalia. And that’s when we start seeing an awful lot of hints that black and bright, bright green will be a big part of the event.

First clue: take note of the picture above. The Columbus All-Star Game logo features the team’s colors, but above that we see a “00″ that looks like numbers on the back of a jersey. The numbers are black, with a neon green outline.

Hmmmmm.

Second clue: this logo that appears on Page 107 of the catalog.

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