Avalanche show off sleek Stadium Series jerseys, reference ‘Mile-High City’ on unique collar

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Gabriel Landeskog models Colorado's Stadium Series jersey, with Joe Sakic (right) and Josh Kroenke (left) (via Colorado Avalanche)

When Colorado and Detroit square off at Denver’s Coors Field for their 2016 Stadium Series game, the Avalanche will be skating out in a jersey never before worn by the franchise.

Unlike previous teams who have taken the ice in “throwback” or “heritage” jerseys for the outdoor contests, the Avalanche will be wearing a first-of-its-kind primary logo and the jersey design will look more modern than anything the club has worn in its 20 years in the Rockies. The new jersey was modelled by captain Gabriel Landeskog at an event Monday.

The new jersey, which is a primarily white sweater with blue, silver and burgundy striping on the sleeves, features the brand new shoulder patch logo that the Avalanche introduced earlier this off-season as the main logo. Read more

AHL’s Heat, Condors to play outdoor game in California

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Golden State Hockey Rush logo. (via AHL)

As part of promoting the AHL’s expansion to California, the league is planning to have its first warm-weather outdoor regular season contest.

The league announced Wednesday that the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors, two of the new AHL clubs that help make up the Pacific Division, will take part in an outdoor game on Dec. 18 at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif. The game will be part of the Golden State Hockey Rush.

“This event will be a special showcase for our Pacific Division in its inaugural season,” said AHL president David Andrews. “We look forward to this celebration of hockey outdoors and to sharing the experience with the terrific hockey fans in Northern California.” Read more

Reebok catalog shows off potential Avalanche, Red Wings logos for Stadium Series

Potential logos for the upcoming Stadium Series between Detroit and Colorado. (via Conrad Burry/Twitter)

Fans itching to get a look at what the Stadium Series jerseys might be when the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings face off in Denver this season got a preview from an unlikely source.

In a Reebok catalog promoting new merchandise for the upcoming season, the logos for both the Avalanche and Red Wings for the Stadium Series contest adorned two sweaters.

Graphic designer Conrad Burry first posted the image to Twitter, which has since been picked up by hockey design blogs such as SportsLogos.net and Icethetics.info. Read more

Wild, Blackhawks unveil alumni rosters for Stadium Series game

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Mike Modano (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks have taken part in three outdoor games over the past six seasons, but the fourth outdoor tilt, against the Minnesota Wild in February 2016, will be the first in which legendary Blackhawks will take part in an alumni game.

And if that’s not enough, Chicago’s group of all-timers will face off against a squad composed of Minnesota Wild and Minnesota North Stars alumni in the Stadium Series Alumni Game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota.

The outdoor tilt between the two alumni squads isn’t lacking star power, either. Read more

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

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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

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

Why not make trade deadline a made-for-TV event?

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NHL draft floor  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Under the watchful eye of chief operating officer John Collins, the NHL has become the most event-driven league among major sports. From the Winter Classic to the All-Star Game fantasy draft to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Collins has positioned the NHL as an industry leader when it comes to staging glitzy, revenue-generating spectacles. It has helped build the league into an almost $4 billion business.

So why not make the trade deadline an event? It’s already one of the most highly anticipated days on the NHL calendar, so the league might as well cash in on it and make it even more compelling for fans at the same time. The league could sell a sponsorship deal and auction the television rights to the highest bidder. NHL Trade Deadline Day, brought to you by (insert sponsor’s name here) televised exclusively on (insert network’s name here). It could be much the same as baseball’s winter meetings but on a grander scale. Read more

In photos: Kings down Sharks in 2015 Stadium Series game

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Antti Niemi looks on during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

In order for the Stadium Series game — and the Winter Classic, for that matter — to continue to be a spectacle each year it has to be bigger, brighter, with added flair, each subsequent game outdoing the last. If that’s the goal, the 2015 Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings accomplished it in a few ways.

For starters, the game was the third highest attended in the NHL’s now more than half-decade long history of outdoor games. At final tally, 70,205 spectators packed Levi’s Stadium, the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, to watch the Kings win their seventh straight game as they defeated the Sharks 2-1.

Aside from the gaudy attendance number, the game was also the first outdoor contest that really, truly meant something. The intrigue wasn’t simply based on the display, but also on two teams fighting each other tooth and nail for a wild-card berth. And the game itself provided some of the most incredible photos from an outdoor game we’ve seen yet. Read more