Bakersfield Condors unveil AHL jerseys, awesome secondary logo

Jared Clinton
The Bakersfield Condors' new jerseys take after their NHL affiliate, the Edmonton Oilers, with a crisp blue and orange. (via Bakersfield Condors)

In the move from the ECHL to the AHL, the Bakersfield Condors kept their name, but after a slight alteration to the logo comes a brand new set of threads for next season and the Condors nailed it.

As with many AHL clubs, the Condors jerseys for the 2015-16 season will reflect their parent club’s jerseys, as Bakersfield will be wearing jerseys resembling those of the Edmonton Oilers. Much like Edmonton’s jerseys, the blue, white and orange combination pops, but where the Condors’ new sweater really stands out is on the shoulders. Read more

Minor league baseball team to host ‘Miracle on Ice’ night, wears 1980s jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Rochester Red Wings)

It has officially been 35 years since the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Lake Placid, N.Y., wherein an upstart squad of U.S.-born hockey players defeated a mighty Soviet Union team that was seen as gold medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics. To pay tribute to one of the most incredible Olympic sports stories and one of the most iconic hockey moments, the AAA Rochester Red Wings, a minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are hosting a ‘Miracle on Ice’ night on Aug. 1.

The evening, of course, will include brand new threads for both Rochester and their opponents, the Syracuse Chiefs. Rochester, the home team for evening, will wear the classic white jerseys that the American team wore during their defeat of the Soviets, while Syracuse will suit up in the blue visitors sweaters. And what hockey-themed night would be complete without the umpires wearing referee jerseys? Read more

University of North Dakota trims nickname list to 15, North Stars makes the cut

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Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

You can cross Flickertails off the list of potential nicknames for the University of North Dakota’s teams. The school, which has been undergoing the search for a new moniker after a state vote put a stop to the Fighting Sioux name, has cut a list that began with close to 1,200 names down to a select 15.

The Flickertails name was one the school had used prior to becoming the Fighting Sioux, but it appears the school will not revert back to its past. Instead, WDAZ reported the University of North Dakota naming committee is pushing ahead with North Dakota, Blaze, Cavalry, Explorers, Fighting Green, Fighting Hawks, Force, Green Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Pride, Roughriders, Spirit, Sundogs and Thunderhawks. Read more

Connor McDavid poised to become NHL’s first million-dollar endorsement baby

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Connor McDavid  (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Perhaps Buffalo is not the ideal venue to celebrate a deal that will effectively make Connor McDavid a millionaire before he even sets foot on an NHL ice surface – might be rubbing it in just a little – but equipment giant CCM has a lot to celebrate next week. So does McDavid.

Next week at the annual NHL draft combine in Buffalo, CCM will announce it has extended its deal with the most hyped prospect since Eric Lindros for another five years. It’s a deal that will give the equipment company two of the most recognizable players in the game. But unlike his last deal with CCM during which he has earned a total of about $250,000 for his three years of junior hockey, it’s believed this one is worth $1 million a year, second only to the $1.4 million per year deal Sidney Crosby has, also with CCM. It’s also the richest endorsement contract ever signed by an NHL rookie, making him the league’s first-ever million-dollar endorsement baby.

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How one documentarian is bringing the eccentric California Golden Seals back to life

Jared Clinton
The California Golden Seals lost a lot, but they were never dull. (Brad Kurtzberg)

They were the misfit toys of the NHL – a group with green jerseys and white skates, with an owner that wanted orange pucks, flew his players first class and slapped their names on the back of the jerseys. But even if the California Seals were an NHL oddity, documentary filmmaker Mark Greczmiel loved them all the same.

That’s why when he realized that someone needed to do their due diligence and tell the Seals’ story, Greczmiel stepped up to the plate. The Seals are the perfect team for a documentary, too, because in a way, their time in the NHL is almost akin to if Slap Shot’s Charlestown Chiefs somehow gained entry to the league.

“There’s a gentlemen named Brad Kurtzberg who I interviewed, he wrote a book about the Seals called ‘Shorthanded,’ which is great. His quote was, ‘This was a franchise where if something could possibly go wrong, it did go wrong.’ They were never boring, they lost a lot of games, but they were never boring on or off the ice.” Read more

Happy 4/20; here are the best hockey jerseys for potheads

Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Blazers  (Photo by Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)

Admittedly, I don’t smoke pot and I never have. But I listen to a lot of music made by marijuana enthusiasts and since today is 4/20, I thought it would be fun to come up with the best hockey jerseys for potheads.

We did have the idea of posting the article at 4:20 Eastern time, but then thought folks should have some time to read before the mythical hour was upon them. We also figured we shouldn’t post it in the morning because none of the target audience would be awake yet.

So let’s get to it now.

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AHL’s Condors unveil new and improved logo; Blues to wear Cardinals jerseys

Jared Clinton
Bakersfield Condors' new logo (via Bakersfield Condors)

Thursday afternoon, the Bakersfield Condors, the 2015-16 affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, became the final team from the AHL’s new Pacific Division to officially unveil their logo for the upcoming season.

The Condors, who have a long history of being one of the most creative and hilarious teams in minor professional sports, tried to pull one over on April Fool’s Day by releasing a fake logo, but revealed their actual crest the next day. While the logo isn’t a major departure from the Condors logo that has been worn for the past several seasons, there are some updates connecting next year’s team to the Edmonton Oilers. Read more