USHL’s Chicago Steel unveil new uniform for Junior Club World Cup

Jared Clinton
Chicago Steel jersey featured

When the USHL’s Chicago Steel head to Yekaterinburg, Russia, to compete against junior teams from seven other countries, the club will be decked out in some new duds.

Tuesday afternoon, in an announcement attended by USHL commissioner Bob Fallen and Chicago president and CEO John Egan, the Steel were named the USHL’s representative in the Junior Club World Cup. The World Cup, which will take place in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from Aug. 24-30, will pit eight junior teams from eight nations against each other. When the Steel hit the ice, they might have an early advantage in style.

The jerseys, which have a steel plating texture as a background, have all the staples of the Steel’s jerseys, but the black uniform has a special twist: Read more

St. John’s IceCaps unveil new jerseys, mirror affiliate Canadiens

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IceCaps jersey featured

The St. John’s IceCaps will hit the ice in new threads for the 2015-16 season. Like past seasons in which they adopted the look of their big club, the IceCaps will hit the ice looking like their affiliate in Montreal.

In a jersey-unveiling event in St. John’s, the IceCaps showed off the new duds, modeled by coach Sylvain Lefebvre and team CEO Danny Williams. Several Canadiens alumni, including player turned broadcaster Sergio Momesso, were also in attendance as the IceCaps premiered the new uniforms.

“With the unveiling of these sharp, clean, classic-looking jerseys today, the IceCaps have taken another tangible step in cementing our bond with the Montreal Canadiens,” said Williams. “There was never really a doubt in our minds that we would incorporate our revised logo into the elegant and world-renowned jerseys the Canadiens have proudly worn for almost a hundred years. It was a no-brainer. We’re excited about our bright, new look and I’m sure our fans will be as well.” Read more

‘Miracle on Ice’ goaltender Jim Craig selling Olympic memorabilia, asking price is $5.7 million

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Jim Craig's game-worn jerseys from the 1980 Olympics. (via Lelands)

If you’ve ever wanted to have your own Olympic gold medal, you can now purchase the very one given to ‘Miracle on Ice’ goaltender Jim Craig for a cool $1.5 million. Don’t worry, though, you’ve got until Aug. 1 to round up the cash.

With the help of sports auction house Lelands, Craig, 58, has placed a lot of 19 items up for sale that include famed items like his gold medal, game-worn jerseys and the American flag which he famously draped across his shoulders after winning the gold medal. The prices for the memorabilia – it’s not an auction, it’s a sale – range from the $1.5 million price tag on the Olympic medal to $5,000 for clothing items, such as his Team USA pre-Olympic jacket.

Other items for sale include Craig’s game-used mask, stick, pads and skates from the Lake Placid, New York tournament. In total, the 19-item lot is worth an eye-popping $5.7 million. The sale opens up on Aug. 1 and will close on Nov. 1. Read more

Wild’s Dumba gets blessing from Boogaard’s family, changes jersey to No. 24

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Matt Dumba (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the past two seasons, Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba has proudly worn No. 55 for the Wild, but the club announced Monday he would be switching to No. 24, the number he had worn for much of his junior hockey career.

Usually, there isn’t much hullabaloo about a player switching jersey numbers – it happens on a yearly basis, yet rarely does it make headlines – but Dumba’s situation is made unique by the number he’s choosing to wear.

The No. 24 is synonymous in Minnesota Wild history with cult-star tough guy Derek Boogaard, who passed away suddenly in 2011 from an accidental overdose. Boogaard, one of the most fearsome fighters in the NHL during his playing days, was a fan favorite in Minnesota. As such, Dumba wanted to make sure it was all right for him to wear Boogaard’s former number. Read more

Take a look at the Avalanche’s reported Stadium Series jersey, Rockies inspired logo

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Colorado alternate Stadium Series featured

The Colorado Avalanche have a big season ahead, and in time for the 2015-16 campaign, the club will be unveiling some new threads.

According to Icethetics, the Avalanche are in line for at least one new jersey this upcoming season before the club hits the ice for the Stadium Series contest against the Detroit Red Wings in February, with the possibility of a second alternate.

With two new uniforms on the way, it was only a matter of time before we got a sneak peek at what might be in store for the Avalanche, and, courtesy of Icethetics, we now have a first look at what could be worn for the Stadium Series: Read more

Public backlash leads University of North Dakota president to reconsider nickname committee’s five-name list

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

The saga surrounding the University of North Dakota’s nickname saw a new wrinkle this past week when fans were upset not about the removal of the former Fighting Sioux nickname, but by the nickname committee’s decision to remove North Dakota (a.k.a. no nickname) from the list of monikers that would make it to a public vote.

It was announced Tuesday that, by a vote of 7-4, the no nickname option was removed from the list to be submitted for a public vote. Instead, the naming committee submitted Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs as options to be approved by UND president Robert Kelley.

However, following a public outcry in favor of keeping the athletics department without a formal nickname, that could change. According to the Grand Forks Herald, Kelley, “emailed staff and the UND community,” early Friday morning saying he would consider adding the option to the mix. Read more

NWHL announces winners of fan-designed jersey contest

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NWHL promotional video (via NWHL/YouTube)

The winners of the NWHL’s jersey design contest have been announced, and four of the league’s fans have had their picked by a fan vote. The winning jerseys will be the league’s teams for 2015-16.

In a release Wednesday, the league announced that jerseys designed by Tabitha Hummel, Emily Scherer, Brooks Freeman and Gabrielle Schofield have been selected. The original pool of jerseys, which the NWHL said was over 1,000, was whittled down to eight choices for the fan vote in mid July.

“We started this jersey design contest in order to give the fans a chance to have a say in our historical inaugural season. The response we received was far and beyond what we ever expected,” said NWHL commissioner and New York Riveters GM Dani Rylan in a release. “There was a lot of love put into these jersey designs and we appreciated seeing every design that was submitted.” Read more

NWHL turns to fan voting to decide jerseys for 2015-16 season

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NWHL Flag

With only months remaining until the NWHL hits the ice for its inaugural season, the burgeoning league’s four clubs are taking the league’s aesthetics to a fan vote.

The NWHL has launched fan voting to help select the jerseys for the clubs. Each of the New York Riveters, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and Boston Pride have had jerseys designed for them by NWHL fans with hopes that the designs will make it to the ice for the 2015-16 campaign.

For each team, two options are available for voting. Two of the early standouts include the Brooks Freeman designed Riveters and Whale jerseys which do a great job of paying homage to the New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers, the NHL clubs who have put roots down in the respective locales. Take a look: Read more