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The Hamilton Bulldogs have unveiled new jerseys for their second season in the OHL and they’re paying tribute to the city’s sports and hockey history by wearing black and gold. The 1920 Hamilton Tigers NHL team wore black and gold, and the CFL’s Tiger-Cats have used the scheme since inception.
The Hamilton Bulldogs have nearly completed their inaugural OHL campaign, but the team will truly look the part of a Hamilton-based sports franchise come 2016-17.
As part of a jersey redesign, the Bulldogs are going to a black and gold color scheme from the next campaign and will say goodbye to the current red, blue and white scheme that was brought over from the team’s AHL days as the affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. The updated scheme isn’t simply an eye-catching new look, though. It ties into the city’s sports history, dating all the way back to the Hamilton Tigers, one of the original NHL clubs during that played its first games in 1920.
In a video that was paired with the jersey’s release, the Bulldogs debuted the jerseys and talked briefly about Hamilton’s sporting history and the meaning of black and gold:
“The Hamilton Bulldogs have been part of the fabric of the city for the past 20 years,” said Bulldogs Owner Michael Andlauer. “It’s only fitting that they adopt the colours synonymous with sports in Hamilton.”
The jerseys themselves may cause some to think of the current Pittsburgh Penguins alternate sweaters — they do look very similar — but there’s one specific touch that differentiates the two uniforms. On the sleeves of the Hamilton jersey, the Bulldogs will wear an arching patch bearing the city’s name that will seemingly be located just about the numbers on the sleeve. The Penguins’ alternate sweater makes use of no such patch.
And while it doesn’t seem to be a big difference, it appears as though the striping along the bottom of the jersey is ever-so-slightly different. The white bar along the lower edge of the Bulldogs’ jersey seems a touch thinner than that of the Penguins.
The black and gold also helps the club piggyback on the scheme used by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who have used the scheme since the team’s inception. The jersey scheme was selected by fans through a competition.
“Born and raised in Hamilton, I understand the significance of black and gold colours,” said Bulldogs president Steve Staios. “I am honoured that our fans played a major role in our rebrand of the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs.”