Bruins, Canadiens unveil logos for Winter Classic, announce alumni game

Jared Clinton
The Bruins and Canadiens will play the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. (via Bruins/Twitter)

The Boston Bruins are getting prepared for the second Winter Classic in franchise history and at a press conference today the team and their opponent, the longtime rival Montreal Canadiens, unveiled the logos they’ll be using for the outdoor tilt.

According to TSN 690 in Montreal, the two teams will be facing off in classic style, donning jerseys that closely mirror those worn in the 1924-25 season, more than 90 years before their outdoor game is set to take place.

The Bruins logo, which utilizes an arching font over top of a Bruin, is a slight alteration of the jerseys Boston wore during that campaign, the first in Bruins history. The jerseys, according to NHLUniforms.com, were only worn for the inaugural season before Boston switched to a busy white, brown and yellow striped jersey the following campaign. Read more

Cory Schneider announces mask design competition, will wear winning mask in 2015-16

Jared Clinton
offtheschneid

Gather round, amateur goalie mask designers. New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider has a task for you.

The Devils announced Tuesday that Schneider, along with renowned goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, are running a contest that will allow fans of all ages to submit potential designs for Schneider’s mask with the winning design being worn by the New Jersey goaltender this upcoming season.

Schneider’s mask design contest will close on Aug. 7, when he will look over the eligible entries and select five finalists to be announced on Aug. 10. The finalists will receive an autographed photo of Schneider, but the real prize is revealed on Aug. 14, when he decides which design he’ll don on his helmet for the 2015-16 campaign. Read more

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

Jared Clinton
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

Jared Clinton
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

Jared Clinton
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

AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals release awesome new jerseys, logo

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Milwaukee Admirals new logo. (via Milwaukee Admirals)

 

The Milwaukee Admirals may be a minor league club, but they’ve got big league style.

Wednesday evening the Admirals, the AHL affiliate for Nashville, officially unveiled their brand new jerseys, logos and shoulder patches, and the AHL club’s new look is set to be one of the best in the affiliate league next season. While the Admirals’ previous look – a cartoon skull with a pirate hat on – was one of the more unique marks in the AHL, the new crest goes above and beyond what many would have expected from a rebrand.

Now, Milwaukee’s logo features a grimmer looking skeletal pirate, complete epaulets and the pirate hat, with the word mark underneath. Thanks to the Admirals’ continued use of one of the more unique color schemes in professional hockey – white, grey, navy and baby blue – the logo looks crisp and clean, too. Read more

Ranking the new Kings High School League’s jerseys

Jared Clinton
West Ranch HS

The Los Angeles Kings officially unveiled the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural season of the L.A. Kings High School Hockey League. And, as always, with new clubs comes new threads.

While all the jerseys follow a similar style, which closely reflects that of the Kings’ jerseys, the color schemes and logos make all the difference in separating the threads that shine and those that could use some improvement. But for a first pass and for an inaugural season, none of the jerseys stick out as an altogether eyesore, which is already a victory for the LAKHSHL. (That initialism needs some work.)

Here are the jerseys, and their rankings, for the 2015-16 season: Read more