Ads on jerseys? Glowing pucks? Have ye no shame, NHL?

Adam Proteau
John Tripp of Koelner Haie in the German Hockey League (Getty Images)

In early October, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave an informal state-of-the-league address in which he used the phrase: “our best season off the ice” and said the following:

“The League is in an incredible place as it relates to stability, whether it’s long-term agreements with our players or our national broadcasters, or whether it’s the fact that our franchises from an ownership standpoint have never been more stable. We think the vital signs are not only good, they’re terrific.”

So with all this good news rolling in, why did league chief operating officer John Collins come out at a sports media technology conference and ruin everyone’s good feelings by announcing advertising on NHL jerseys is “coming and happening” and that NHL had recently seen a proposal to reemploy the infamous glowing puck (as seen on Fox hockey broadcasts in the 1990s)? At long last, has the league no decency, no base-level restraint so as not to carpet-bomb consumers of its product with endless corporate hawking? Read more

Blackhawks unveil sharp-looking Winter Classic jerseys

Chicago Blackhawks logo (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks have revealed the jerseys they’ll wear at the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington, D.C. – and like just about everything associated with the Hawks’ iconic logo, it looks quite good.

Hawks left winger Brandon Saad modeled the Winter Classic jersey Wednesday night. It has a lace-up collar and secondary logos placed on each sleeve that overlap the top two stripes on the sleeve, instead of the standard placement of them on the shoulders: Read more

Hipsters love New York’s old “fish sticks” jersey, but what else?

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They're baaaaack. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are looking really good for this season. The roster is deeper than it has been in a long time and every position is accounted for. It almost…almost makes you forget about the old “fish sticks” logo and jersey that blighted the franchise in the mid-1990s.

But as it turns out, the team isn’t done with the uniform just yet. According to Newsday, the team will wear a version of the jersey during warm-ups for one game this season, then auction them off for charity. Why? Here’s the money quote:

“It’s part of our history,” said senior marketing manager Eileen Mathews. “I saw probably five to 10 people in Brooklyn wearing that jersey. I think it’s gotten a cult following.”

Brooklyn? Cult following? You know what that’s code for: Hipsters.

Which got me thinking, what other hockey gear will hipsters be rocking this season? Here’s a curated (and possibly artisanal) rundown:

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Washington Capitals unveil Winter Classic jersey – what do you think?

Washington's Winter Classic 2015 jersey. (Courtesy the Washington Capitals)

The 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 will be at Nationals Park and played between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks.

Today, the Capitals released what their jerseys would look like for the big event. What do you think of the look? (All photos from the Washington Capitals. The last one is photoshopped to show the ‘C’ and the Winter Classic logo)

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Check out Red Bull Munich’s awesome lederhosen look

Red Bull Munich's lederhosen look. (Pictures courtesy Red Bull Munich's website)

Germany’s Red Bull Munich wore some excellent jerseys on the weekend that we just have to draw your attention to.

Now, this isn’t anything new to the team. Munich annually wears a lederhosen-style jersey-pants-socks combination for Oktoberfest celebrations, though they change the design. On Sunday, the team cracked out this year’s look against Dusseldorf – a game which Munich won 4-3.

How awesome are these jerseys? Read more

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

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?

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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

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