Monthly Archives: November 2019

Boston Bruins unveil new alternate jersey ahead of ‘Thanksgiving Showdown’

The Boston Bruins have unveiled a new alternate jersey for the 2019-20 season.

The team will wear them for the first time Black Friday, as the Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden in the 2019 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

Boston last had a third jersey when it adopted its 2016 Winter Classic jersey as a seasonlong addition for the 2016-17 campaign.

The new alternate sweater pays homage to the club’s rich heritage, with features that hark back to the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The all-black uniform features a gold, varsity block-B as the centerpiece and single gold and white stripes around the elbows and the bottom of the jersey. It also has an all-gold collar with gold lettering that matches the team’s current primary jersey.

The sleeve and hem stripes are inspired by the Bruins’ unique numbered front jerseys from 1940-48.

The Bruins will wear the jersey 11 times this season, including Friday.

The third jersey will become available for fans to purchase on Black Friday at the ProShop powered by ’47 at TD Garden and online. The ProShop will host a special Black Friday shopping event beginning at 8 a.m.

It’s ugly sweater season: Detroit’s worst-ever jerseys

There’s been a lot of talk around jerseys lately with the revelation of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series jerseys for the four teams playing. With the disclaimer that taste is personal to each person, I feel completely confident objectively ranking the four of them:

  1. Dallas
  2. Nashville
  3. Colorado
  4. Los Angeles

Dallas’ only problem is the gloves/pants mismatch. Nashville nods to the city’s hockey history but are boring. Colorado’s are fitting because they’re tacky and the use of negative space immediately draws your eyes to the A-hole. Los Angeles’ are what I can best describe as ice skating uphill.

Hey, ugly ain’t boring.

With that in mind though, we wanted to take a look at our own closet and come to grips with the Red Wings’ worst-ever jerseys. This will help solidify our judgment of the other hideous jerseys as righteous.

For the sake of argument, I’m considering everything ever worn by the franchise. This allows us a lot more leeway than just saying worst Red Wings jerseys (and it gives us the top two finishers easily). I’ll rank mine and then we’ll let you the people decide once and for all which one is the worst.

1930-32 Detroit Falcons

Between being the Cougars and the Red Wings, the franchise spent 1930-32 as the Detroit Falcons and the only time they’ve used a color other than red or white in their scheme was a disaster. Without the yellow, it’s kind of a boring sweater but no more offensive than the boring ‘DETROIT’ sweaters worn by the Cougars in 27-28 or 29-30. That lil’ splash of mustard in there on the arched letters make this kit McSuck.

1928-29 Detroit Cougars

I know graphic design in the 1920s wasn’t quite as advanced as it is nowadays and to be honest, I really like the simplicity of the arm stripes with the big arched Detroit and the idea of there being a logo beneath it.

But c’mon that cougar is brutal. That thing looks like it’s about to chase Rick Moranis through Central Park. You could tell me that this was the Detroit Shreks and I would believe that as much as I believe it’s a cougar.

2016 Red Wings Stadium Series

This one is a tough call for me because I don’t actually hate it and I really like the logo and the fact that the team went white-gloves with it. The sash is just gaudy to me. I just don’t know if I would like it a little more or hate it a LOT more if it were a horizontal stripe instead. The sash going under the right arm, but not continuing to wrap around the back is another curious choice where I can’t say for certain whether I would appreciate or hate the change.

Outside of those, the only other candidates are the Winter Classic jerseys from 2008-09 (a throwback to the 1926-27 Cougars), the 2013-14 Winter Classics, the Centennial Classic in 2016-17, the 1991-92 alternate throwback (to the aforementioned boring Cougars logos), or your pick of the regular Detroit jersey that’s been around since forever. Personally, if I have to pick there, I’d go with the earliest of them because the logo is kinda small on them and I like it bigger.

Reviewing the leaked Avalanche and Kings Stadium Series jerseys

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings Stadium Series jerseys have seemingly been leaked. The internet, of course, has opinions.

The addition of Stadium Series has allowed nontraditional hockey markets to receive their own outdoor game, although that looks like it might change since the “nontraditional” teams of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will face off in this year’s Winter Classic. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche are facing off in this year’s Stadium Series. Colorado will be the home team, as they skate at the United States Air Force Academy.

With the opportunity to play outside comes the opportunity to wear special jerseys for the occasion. The Avalanche and Kings were expected to roll out their new digs, but haven’t officially done so yet.

Still, pictures of the supposed jerseys were leaked out to the internet, and the internet isn’t necessarily thrilled. Greg Wyshynski summed up the expected jerseys best:

Right off the bat, both teams decided to use their traditional color scheme. When given the chance at these outdoor games, teams sometimes revert to classic sweater designs and color schemes. The Chicago Blackhawks famously used their red and black design in the 2009 Winter Classic.

The Montreal Canadiens went with an entirely different design and logo scheme in the 2016 Winter Classic that came all the way from the 1920’s. Even if this year’s Nashville Predator’s Winter Classic Jersey hasn’t drawn rave reviews, it pays tribute to the hockey teams of Nashville past.

The Colorado jersey isn’t as much a departure from the Avalanche normal jersey. As Wyshnski pointed out, the Stadium Series jersey is supposed to be a more cubist, modernistic and abstract addition of the same logo the Avalanche have used since moving to Denver. It reminds me of the Kachina style of the Arizona Coyotes original jerseys they’ve started to come back to. Don’t hate on the Peyote Coyote, though.

The Kings decided to stay with their same silver/white and black color scheme they’ve had since the Wayne Gretzky days. Now would have been an interesting time for the Kings to maybe throw in some of their original colors of gold and purple, but that idea didn’t pan out. A bit of metallic purple accents on the crown were mixed into the Kings jersey in their first Stadium Series appearance back in 2014.

This is also the first time the main logo for the Kings is only “L.A.” instead of the traditional crown emblem. As far as I can tell, the crown is nowhere to be seen. We can safely assume the white powder the “L.A.” is skating across is snow, and not a banned substance that Evgeny Kuznetsov is too familiar with, as Wyshynski joked.

It seems the NHL completely missed the mark with these jerseys. While at least the Avalanche jersey looks like an interesting take on their classic look, the Kings jersey looks cheap and rushed through. Basically half the jersey is a bland and blank white.

These jerseys may serve their purpose when the teams take the ice in Colorado Springs, but it’s hard to imagine fans rushing to the gift shop to buy them.

Road white uniforms suit Golden Knights just fine

Alex Tuch is barely old enough to recall when NHL teams wore their white uniforms at home, while 32-year-old Ryan Reaves has vivid memories of the era.

Despite their nine-year age gap, the Golden Knights forwards share similar feelings about when teams should wear white.

”Home is dark. Away is white,” Tuch said. “There’s a couple games they might throw in when you’re wearing the white at home and stuff like that. That’s fine. But I like the dark at home. I do. It’s your more prominent colors, I feel like, throughout the entire league.”

The Knights saw two of the league’s Original Six white jerseys — Chicago and Toronto — on their recently completed homestand, and will take the ice Monday at Dallas wearing their road whites.

But it wasn’t always like that for the NHL.

In 1951, the league mandated that teams wear “basic white uniforms” at home and “basic colored uniforms” on the road to help provide a contrast for black-and-white television viewers. That policy was reversed in 1954 and again in 1970, when the tradition of wearing home whites was established.

But with the influx of alternative third jerseys that often featured dark colors, the NHL changed course in 2003 and required visiting teams to wear white.

“It took a couple years to get used to, for sure,” Reaves said. “It was weird seeing it the first year.”

One drawback to the change is fans inside the arena see the same uniform combination (home wearing dark, visiting team in white) rather than an array of colors over the course of the season.

 

For example, the Blackhawks’ beloved red jersey and the Maple Leafs’ classic all-blue setup did not appear last week at T-Mobile Arena. Neither did the Montreal Canadiens’ famous “bleu-blanc-rouge” uniform featuring red jerseys and socks with blue pants and helmets.

“Those are historic jerseys. Like, Chicago. Been around forever. The Rangers,” Knights right wing Mark Stone said. “Those jerseys, when I was a kid, were always the coolest. But I always think the darker ones usually look sharper.

“Most teams in this league, the sharper of the two are the darks. I think your fans deserve to see the nicer ones. We’ve got two awesome jerseys. The way it works with our gloves and our helmets, it looks pretty sharp regardless.”

The NFL and NBA allow the home team to choose whether it will wear white or dark jerseys and the road team is required to wearing a contrasting color. Major League Baseball teams traditionally wear white jerseys at home.

In the American Hockey League, teams primarily wear home whites. It’s the same for major-junior teams that are part of the Canadian Hockey League, along with NCAA hockey.

Defenseman Nate Schmidt played three seasons at Minnesota and preferred the Golden Gophers’ maroon road uniform.

“I like color, so I usually like (NHL) home jerseys,” Schmidt said. “But the classy whites at home? Honestly, again I like our white jerseys a lot. I love the white gloves.”

The Knights’ road look with white gloves quickly became a favorite across the league, though the majority of the players asked said they prefer the steel gray home jerseys.

And it’s not just a generational preference. Coach Gerard Gallant played 11 seasons for Detroit and Tampa Bay from 1984 to 1995 when teams wore home whites but likes seeing the dark jerseys at home.

“When I look back, I like the Red Wings’ red one, I like the Blackhawks’ dark jersey,” Gallant said. “I like it the way it is now, to be honest.

“I like our darker uniforms a little better. For me. But they’re both nice. If they rotated them once in a while it wouldn’t bother me.”

The 90’s were a bad time for NHL jerseys, including the St. Louis Blues

There seems to be two opinions on the 1995 throwback jersey the St. Louis Blues wore on Thursday night during their 5-0 win over Calgary. If you were too young to remember or follow hockey in the mid 90’s, you thought the jerseys looked pretty cool. If you remember those recycled uniforms from the first time around, you thought they were awful.

There was probably a 50/50 split on whether fans liked or hated the retro sweaters. Some of the not so nice responses.

Hate those Keenan Red and Blue monstrosities. Hurts my eyes!
I thought everyone burned these jerseys
Worst uniform in blues history
Hate the 90s sweaters.

For you fans seeing them for the first time, I’ll give you a pass, but you’ll have to understand we saw some really horrible looking jerseys back them.

The mid 90’s were a bad time for designs and color schemes. Some teams got away from the traditional straight stripes along the bottom of the sweater, some teams changed the colors and many went with completely different logos. A few teams missed on their chance to be different and the Blues were one of those teams.

I’ve compiled a list of the “Dirty Half-Dozen.”

Custom hockey jerseys honoring fallen officer to be auctioned off at ‘First Responders Night’

An upcoming hockey game will feature special jerseys to honor the home team – as well as a hometown hero.

Michael Langsdorf will be remembered at First Responders Night at the Affton Ice Rink Saturday night, September 28.

Langsdorf, 40, was shot and killed June 23 while responding to a call for a bad check at a Wellston business. He leaves behind his parents, his fiancée, and two children.

Police officers, firefighters, and other first responders will play in an exhibition game at 5 p.m. Saturday at the rink. Afterward, the St. Louis Jr. Blues will take on Peoria at 7 p.m.

The Junior Blues will wear the Langsdorf jerseys, which feature his face, DSN number, end of watch, and patches from his work as a North County Cooperative Officer.

St. Louis Junior Blues head coach Chris Flaugher says the tribute is fitting for his friend and former colleague. The two worked together at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

“Mike grew up playing hockey. I grew up playing hockey,” Flaugher said. “As we both became policemen and got to know each other through the job, the first topic was basically, we talked hockey whenever we saw each other.”

Tickets for the game are $10. Children 6 and under are free.

Proceeds raised will send Langsdorf’s family to National Police Week in Washington DC, where Langsdorf will be honored at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

“We want to be able to help get his family out there to see his name on that wall,” Flaugher said.

Flaugher is hopeful that both hockey fans and families will come together for the special event.

“[We have] a great hockey community, they do a lot for each other. You throw in the police community, and the police family, you got two of the best families that go out and help each other.”

Spotlight: Custom Throwback Jerseys Sells Nostalgic Sports Gear

Nostalgia can be a powerful motivator for buyers. And one business is mixing that sentiment with the sports world by offering custom jerseys made to look like old school products. Custom Throwback Jerseys started as a passion project but has since grown to reach customers around the world. Read more about the company in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Creates authentic sports apparel from years past.

Founder Mark Davis told Small Business Trends, “Custom Throwback Jerseys produces hand-stitched retro jerseys from the MLB, NHL, and NFL leagues. Each jersey is detailed by the precise specifications of the year, team, and player requested!”

Business Niche

Attention to detail.

Davis says, “We take special care to make sure our jerseys are high-quality and match the vintage jerseys down to the stitch. We pride ourselves on never taking the “easy” way out when it comes to our processes so that we provide the best products possible and ensure our customers are happy!”

How the Business Got Started

As a passion project.

Davis explains, “I’ve always been involved in sports and have a passion for throwback-style clothing. I founded Custom Throwback Jerseys as the ideal combination of both of these interests! It’s very rewarding to be able to work in an industry I love.”

Biggest Win

Mastering their specialization process.

Davis says, “Our team was laser focused on finding the perfect combination of materials, details, and stitching processes for our jerseys. It took us time to dive into the history of the games, teams, and players to make sure each aspect of our products were accurate. Ultimately, all the research was well-worth the effort as that’s now the key factor our business is known for and truly shaped our brand.”

Biggest Risk

Getting into a volatile industry.

Davis adds, “The licensed sports apparel business is a very volatile industry with leagues changing manufacturers frequently. Because of the constant changes, many jerseys can suddenly become limited in availability, completely out of stock, or show massive influxes in price. To combat this issue, we decided to take a risk by purchasing thousands of jersey styles from our suppliers in advance without knowing for sure whether customers would buy them all. However, our risk paid off and now we have desirable product to sell long after our competitors ran out of inventory in these jersey styles.”

Lesson Learned

Take advantage of the online market.

Davis says, “We would have opened our online site much earlier, as the site has brought our amazing products to thousands of buyers who love retro style jerseys.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000

Growing the team.

Davis explains, “We would definitely use the money to invest in adding to our production staff team, as we struggle to keep up with the current demand of our jerseys.”

Favorite Team Memory

A special NHL game.

Davis says, “Our staff was recently invited to a NHL Hockey game where several retired NHL stars were being honored. The retired players wore Custom Throwback Jerseys during the opening puck drop. After the game, the players gave the jerseys back to us with the addition of their signatures! We subsequently donated these jerseys to a local charity event where they fetched a nice return during a charity auction. It was an incredible experience that showed the generous spirit of our industry.”