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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Brampton Beast give fans new hope with ‘Star Wars Night’

Jared Clinton
ECHL's Brampton Beast will wear these jerseys for 'Star Wars Night' (via Brampton Beast/YouTube)

Friday night in Brampton, get ready to be taken to a galaxy far, far away.

To get the weekend started right, the ECHL’s Beast are hosting a ‘Star Wars Night’ which will feature their players skating around in custom jerseys that feature prominent characters from the original trilogy. Not only will the jerseys pay tribute to the sci-fi series, so will the names on the back of each sweater.

From Luke Skywalker all the way down to Emperor Palpatine, the Beast players held a character draft in order to decide which player would get to wear the name of their favorite character from Star Wars on their jersey. You have to respect Brampton winger Chad Painchaud for selecting Jar Jar Binks without being forced. Taking one for the team with that choice.

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‘Brooklyn Hockey’: Barclays Center trademarks new logos before Islanders’ arrival next season

Adam Proteau
Islanders Logo (via

The New York Islanders aren’t about to give up their franchise’s name when the team moves to Brooklyn next season. However, it looks as if the team will have a third jersey that fits in with the colors of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets – and that doesn’t include “Islanders” on it.

As evidence, consider that the Barclays Center has recently applied for trademarks on new logos, both of which only use the phrase “Brooklyn Hockey”, while using a black-and-white that match the Nets’ uniforms: (Via The Sporting News and Nets Daily) Read more

Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate to be named San Diego Gulls

Jared Clinton
San Diego Gulls AHL featured

When it was announced Anaheim’s AHL team was moving from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., talk immediately began about what the club would be named.

Sunday afternoon, it appears San Diego hockey fans have gotten their answer: the relocated team will take on the Gulls name, paying tribute to the longstanding tradition of area hockey teams being given that moniker. Read more

Swedish league goaltender, teammates celebrate Pride Night victory with on-ice YMCA

Jared Clinton
(via Orebro Hockey/Getty Images)

Things are never dull for Orebro of the SHL, especially not with Julius Hudacek in goal.

Following Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Frolunda, the always-eccentric Hudacek took to the ice for another of his signature celebrations, this time with some teammates in tow. Together, the six teammates busted out their favorite dance moves along to the 1970s disco group The Village People, the YMCA. Read more

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