Ontario Reign unveil jerseys they’ll wear when they make jump to AHL next season

Adam Proteau
The new Ontario Reign logo (image courtesy of L.A. Kings)

The ECHL’s Ontario Reign is part of the groundbreaking new American League Pacific division – and Wednesday, the L.A. Kings affiliate unveiled their new jerseys and logo when they make the jump to the AHL next season.

The Reign, who’ve won four ECHL Pacific Divsion championships, were aiming for a new look that establishes a connection with their parent team in Los Angeles – and they can pat themselves on the back knowing the mission was accomplished. When you look at the logo and jersey, you can’t help but think Kings, and not simply because of the colors. Speaking of: Their new home jerseys are white with black and gray stripes along the waist and elbows, and a black stripe runs along the shoulders and sleeve of the jersey; and their road jerseys are black with white and grey stripes along the waist and elbows. But the logo is unmistakably reminiscent of the Kings’: Read more

Shades of “Semi-Pro”: New OHL team in Flint could be called The Tropics

Adam Proteau
Will Ferrell (George Pimentel/WireImage)

The Ontario Hockey League last week approved the sale and relocation of the Plymouth Whalers to Flint, Michigan. And it looks as if the team’s new name might be a giant nod and wink to a Will Ferrell comedy movie.

According to the Flint Journal, the team’s new owners have registered a number of potential new franchise names with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, including “Flint Pride”, “Flint Phoenix”, “Flint Sparks”, and “Flint Vikings”. But the one that’s resonating most with fans so far is “Flint Tropics” – a name first heard in Ferrell’s sports comedy film “Semi-Pro“. In that movie, a pro basketball team in the old American Basketball Association is known as the Flint Tropics – and in an interview with Sports Illustrated, the former Saturday Night Live superstar explained why the movie’s creators selected such a curious name: Read more

ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors to wear ’50 Shades of Grey’ jerseys

Jared Clinton
The Bakersfield Condors will wear 50 Shades of Grey themed jerseys on Feb. 15. (Bakersfield Condors)

It feels like it has been said a thousand times, but there really isn’t a team in hockey that has as much fun as the Bakersfield Condors.

On Sunday, Feb. 15, the team will don 50 Shades of Grey themed jerseys to coincide with the release of the film. The jerseys – which, yes, have 50 actual shades of grey – feature themes from the series, including a necktie, handcuffs, masquerade masks and the outlines of each book in the trilogy. Read more

Top 10 throwback jerseys that should make a comeback

Thomas Hickey (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders donned the infamous “Fisherman” jerseys to honor their history and the time they’ve spent at Nassau Coliseum. In exactly a month, the Phoenix Coyotes will don the same jerseys they wore in their debut season – the kachina threads that became best known for looking like something Picasso would have designed.

But what are the jerseys we’d most like to see make a comeback? With the advent of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, retro jerseys have a very clear place in today’s NHL, so it opens up the door for jersey lovers to let their minds wonder. These are the top 10 extinct jerseys that we’d like to see come back to life – even if only for a night. Read more

Shield your eyes: Islanders’ infamous ‘fishsticks’ jersey is back (sort of)

Adam Proteau
Thomas Hickey (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just when you thought it was safe to watch Islanders games again, the franchise goes and brings back one of the great fashion crimes in NHL history: the infamous “fishsticks” jersey.

Prior to their game against the visiting Florida Panthers Tuesday, the Isles broke out the retro look – which the organization used from 1995-97, much to the chagrin of fans and players embarrassed by the cartoonish, “Captain Highliner” design – during warumps. Team captain and superstar John Tavares is rightfully envied by fans and opponents for his skills, but on a night like this, the envy toward him died down somewhat when he had to pull on this abomination: Read more

Five bizarre Bakersfield Condors memories as we say goodbye to ECHL’s weirdest, coolest franchise

Jared Clinton
An actual condor escaped its handler at a Bakersfield Condors game, landing on the home team's bench before leaving the ice. (via YouTube)

All good things must come to an end, and in the 2015-16 season the Bakersfield Condors will be no more.

The ECHL franchise is slated to become an AHL team next season as part of the NHL affiliate’s relocation and subsequent addition to the new five-team Pacific Division. As such, they’ll be dropping the at times infamous Condors handle and will be looking to select a new name, logo, and look for the squad.

Saying goodbye to the Condors isn’t easy, though. Over the years, the team has gained notoriety as one of the most creative organizations in sports, staying relevant with hilarious promotions and some amazing moments. These are the five most notable memories in Condors history: Read more

AHL’s Hershey Bears to wear hilarious Groundhog Day jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Hershey Bears)

By Monday, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog of them all, will emerge to let North America know whether or not to expect six more weeks of hockey weather. The day before, however, Hershey Bears fans can get a glimpse of what an early spring or longer winter could look like.

For the Bears’ Feb. 1 showdown with the Norfolk Admirals, the team will don special Groundhog Day jerseys, which will go up for auction following the game. The jerseys, which are good for a laugh, are split from front to back: the front has six more weeks of winter, while the back shows the groundhog living large during spring.

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Advertising on World Cup of Hockey jerseys isn’t close to the travesty of ads on NHL jerseys

Adam Proteau
Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (Getty Images)

A TSN report Thursday rankled more than a few people with news the NHL and NHLPA intend to put advertisements on player jerseys in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on a “trial” basis.

Sacrilege? Nah. And I say this as someone who detests the idea of advertising on NHL teams’ jerseys. But the World Cup is a different animal altogether. That tournament isn’t steeped in tradition like the Olympic Games, nor does it originate from a place of pure, uncompromising athletic competition, like an IIHF world championship. The history of the World Cup traces back to the Canada Cup, which was in large part the brainchild of the villainous NHLPA turncoat Alan Eagleson.
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