The New York Islanders ‘Fisherman’ jersey returns

Jared Clinton
(Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

If you’re a hockey fan of a certain age, you likely remember the New York Islanders wearing jerseys that were derided for looking more like the Gorton’s Fisherman than the logo of a hockey team.

Well, love them or loath them, those jerseys are making a return. On Feb. 3, before the Islanders take on the Florida Panthers, the team will don an updated version of the Fisherman jerseys and take the ice. You can get your first look at them below: Read more

ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors have one jersey to rule them all

Jared Clinton

There are few things in hockey greater than minor league jersey promotions, and the newest Bakersfield Condors jersey is no exception.

The ECHL’s Condors will be donning Lord of the Rings/Hobbit jerseys on Dec. 27, which will feature, “hobbits, dragons, fire and much much more!” This latest jersey comes on the heels of the Condors Seinfeld “Puffy Shirt” jerseys that the team wore in November. Read more

ECHL team sports the ugliest Star Wars jerseys you’ve ever seen

Josh Elliott
The Missouri Mavericks Star Wars Jersey

The Force was with the Missouri Mavericks on Friday, as they drubbed the visiting Brampton Beast 6-2 while wearing the flashiest Star Wars-themed jerseys in this galaxy or any other.

What do hockey, horses and Star Wars have to do with each other, you ask?

Who cares? It’s the ECHL, where teams do pop culture-themed nights all the time.

The garish-looking Mavericks jersey depicts Darth Vader holding a lightsaber on the front, and features Jedi master Yoda on one sleeve and a stormtrooper on the other. Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and an assortment of other characters appear on the back, below the numbers. The whole shirt is awash in space, stars and swirling red and blue cosmic dust.

Oh, and there’s a rather out-of-place-looking Mavericks logo in the very center.
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First look at San Jose Sharks’ Stadium Series jersey

Jared Clinton
San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton

Be it Winter Classic or Stadium Series, part of the hype surrounding the outdoor events is the unveiling of new jerseys. Months ahead of the February tilt before San Jose and Los Angeles, it appears we have our first look at the Sharks new threads.

The photo, which first appeared on the aptly named hockey aesthetics blog Icethetics, shows a three-color look that we’ve never seen from the Sharks. With little history to draw from, the Sharks didn’t have many options when it came to throwback jerseys so this is a nice compromise. Read more

Jersey concepts show Dallas Stars almost went red, white and blue

Jared Clinton
Stars RWB

Over the weekend, the Dallas Stars released a behind the scenes look at what went into their rebranding and, among other things, what stands out is the team almost entirely abandoned the color green.

However, at the encouragement of the league and members of the committee that was put together to rebrand, the Stars created their own shade of green, called Victory Green, and have run with it since. What does become very apparent in the video, however, is the Stars were very close to moving away from green entirely, instead going with blue, gold, red, and white as parts of their scheme.

There’s a lot to digest in the video, and a lot of it is a very interesting look behind the scenes of what goes into a full rebrand of a professional sports team.

It’s interesting to consider what could have been for the Stars had they gone with the blue and gold color scheme that’s talked about at length, and it seems as though the team ever received mock-up jerseys from Reebok that were blue and gold.

Blue and Gold 1 Blue and Gold 2

There’s also the case of the logo. At the outset of the release of the logo and jersey, it seemed such a distant cry from what we had been used to as the Stars logo. But, especially in the shot of the full binder of logos, you can see just how much detail went into every single design the Stars considered.

Logo Book

The inclusion of the Texas state flag also seemed to be a point of contention for many of those involved, especially Stars commentator Daryl Reaugh. It’s obvious by what Reaugh says that he was interesting in taking the team’s scheme in a new direction before being outvoted on the idea. One of the more interesting concepts that included the Dallas’ home state’s colors is the one that had a small Texas flag within the center of the logo.

One thing is for certain, though: the Stars did well to spare themselves the disjointed Texas outline and floating D logo atop jerseys that are very similar to those worn by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Blue D Texas Outline

Leafs, Canucks to honor Pat Quinn on their uniforms

Adam Proteau
Maple Leafs Pat Quinn jersey (via Maple Leafs Twitter account)

Like the rest of the hockey world, the Canucks and Maple Leafs are grieving the passing of Pat Quinn, who died Sunday at age 71. But given that Quinn was a key figure for those two franchises – leading both to as close as they’d come to a Stanley Cup championship in the many years before his arrival and after his departure – it’s only fitting that Toronto and Vancouver would do something extra to honor their former coach and GM.

The Maple Leafs announced they would wear a special patch on their jerseys for their next two games; the patch features Quinn’s initials and a green clover in reference to his Irish heritage: Read more

An ECHL team held a Seinfeld night and yada yada yada, it was pretty funny

Josh Elliott
Bakersfield Condors Seinfeld Night

The general manager of the East Coast League’s Bakersfield Condors must be a low-talker, because he somehow convinced his players to wear puffy pirate shirt tribute jerseys for a ‘Seinfeld’ appreciation night on Saturday.

The jerseys were inspired by a gaudy pirate shirt Jerry Seinfeld once accidentally agreed to wear for a TV appearance in an episode of the hit ‘90s sitcom. They were part of ‘Puffy Shirt Jersey Night,’ put on in honour of the 25th anniversary of the show’s first airing on television.
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