How Chris Creamer and Chris Smith became the NHL’s jersey insiders

Jared Clinton
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Chris Creamer and Chris Smith are the insiders whose names you don’t know but whose websites have broken some of hockey’s most colorful stories. Creamer and Smith – of and, respectively – are the McKenzie and Dreger of logo and jersey design.

But neither Creamer nor Smith sought to become a jersey insider. Both were hockey fans who fell into it through a love of design. “(SportsLogos) was an excuse to learn how to make a website, really,” Creamer said. “Back (in 1997) there was no social media, so the only way to express yourself online would be to make a site that was a random collection of your own personal interests. I was really into computers, sports and team uniforms from a very early age.” Read more

Wild pay tribute to state, Blackhawks to city with Stadium Series uniforms

Jared Clinton
Wild and Blackhawks Stadium Series jerseys (via NHL Shop)

There’s no more need for guesswork when it comes to what threads the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will wear when they face off for the Stadium Series contest at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21.

Tuesday morning, both the Wild and Blackhawks officially unveiled their uniforms for the Stadium Series contest, with both teams electing for a traditional look with slight alterations made for the outdoor tilt.

For the Wild, the green jersey keeps the primary logo the same while introducing a brand new shoulder patch, while the Blackhawks elected to rehash a look similar to what was worn in 2015 at the Winter Classic contest against the Washington Capitals. Read more

Modern Motown? Check out Detroit’s Stadium Series jersey

Jared Clinton
Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series jerseys (via Detroit Red Wings/NHL)

The Detroit Red Wings have one of the most iconic logos in all of sports, but don’t expect to see it front and center at the Stadium Series in Denver when the Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche.

In an event for season ticket holders Monday, the Red Wings unveiled their jerseys for the outdoor contest against the Avalanche, which is set to take place Feb. 27. The jerseys are unlike anything Detroit has ever worn before. While some teams who’ve taken part in outdoor games — the Red Wings among them — have gone with retro looks, this is a brand new, modernized design for Detroit.

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North Dakota finally gets new nickname after more than three years

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

The University of North Dakota nickname saga has finally come to an end. After three years without an official team name, more than one year of work by committees and multiple public votes, the school has officially adopted the moniker ‘Fighting Hawks.’

UND president Robert Kelley announced the new team name Wednesday in a press conference, which was the culmination of a public vote that saw more than 27,000 votes cast in order to select the Fighting Hawks nickname. With 57 percent of the vote, the name beat out the alternative, Roughriders, in the final of three public votes.

When asked about the nickname, men’s hockey coach Brad Berry said he doesn’t want it to impact the culture that has been built by the team over the past several seasons. “I know we’re North Dakota, now we’re the Fighting Hawks,” Berry told the Grand Forks Herald. “We want to make sure nothing changes in our group. That’s about winning games and trying to hang banners. We want to make sure that remains in tact.” Read more

Green Bay Gamblers raise $25,000 for charity with awesome military jerseys, helmets

Jared Clinton
Green Bay Gamblers Military Appreciation Night logo (via Green Bay Gamblers)

The Green Bay Gamblers hit the ice Saturday night for their annual Military Appreciation Night decked out in camouflaged jerseys and helmets, but the event provided much more than a tribute to the military.

After the massive success of the 2014 Military Appreciation Night, an event that raised roughly $20,000 to benefit local military veterans, the club was set to attempt to break the previous year’s record. And after the Gamblers 2-0 victory over the Bloomington Thunder, Green Bay players put their game-worn jerseys and helmets up for auction and, with the support of local businesses, raised over $25,000 for local veterans through Disabled American Veterans.

“The event was fantastic,” said Gamblers’ media relations coordinator, Jason Habeck. “We announced 5,777 in attendance, which is about 700 more than last year. It’s in its fourth year and it has just grown each year.” Read more

Quebec First Nations chief calls Blackhawks logo ‘offensive,’ would support crest change

Jared Clinton
Chicago Blackhawks concept art created by Mike Ivall (via Icethetics)

A Quebec First Nations chief has called the Chicago Blackhawks’ logo as offensive as the mark worn by the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

The head of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, was approached with a logo design that has begun circulating around social media and said he would be on the side of the Blackhawks using the new logo.

“If there’s consideration for what we think and what we would like to see, then sure,” Picard told CBC. Read more

The 10 most Halloweeny jerseys in hockey (WARNING: nightmare fuel)

Matt Larkin

Halloween is amazing for little kids. Their imaginations are so free that they can become their costumes in their minds. Young adult Halloween is pretty darned fun, too, as we’re smart enough and confident enough to think of cool costumes that represent who we are and what we find interesting.

But remember those awkward early-teen years? When you’d be labelled uncool for trying too hard, for liking Halloween too much, for full-bore trick-or-treating? The goal was to still acquire the candy but to do so with the least possible enthusiasm. Where I grew up, as an Ontario kid, that meant throwing on your shoulder pads, helmet, gloves and jersey and going  “as a hockey player.” Lame, but I did it for a couple years, voice cracking as I stammered out “tr-IICK or treat.”

If only I had access to the hardcore, scary, legitimately Halloweeny hockey uniforms I can find on the Interweb today. Those teen Halloweens would’ve been infinitely better. With that, I proudly present the 10 most Halloweeny jerseys in hockey today. Logos make up a significant portion of the criteria, but the entire sweater experience matters. What constitutes a Halloweeny jersey? Some combination of…

(a) A bold, costumey and/or Halloweeny color scheme
(b) A logo of something one might wear as a costume
(c) Just plain scary
(d) Active team*
(e) Is not a Halloween-themed special jersey, because that’s cheating

Some check off just a couple of those boxes. Others ace all five. Enjoy, and share your own picks in the comment section.

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Team India unveils awesome logo and jersey for historic ECHL game

Jared Clinton
Team India Jersey featured

In less than two weeks, Team India will be heading to Brampton, Ont., to face off against the Brampton Beast in the international squad’s first game on North American soil. Ahead of the contest, the Ice Hockey Association of India have unveiled the jerseys Team India will wear for the historic matchup.

The jersey combines the colors of the Indian flag — blue, white, green and orange — and features a Bengal tiger on the chest. In addition, ‘India’ will appear under the tiger’s head in a unique font, which is also used on the back of the jersey for each player’s name bar. Take a look: Read more