Monthly Archives: January 2020

LA Kings Unveil 2020 Stadium Series Jerseys

The Kings will debut the special-edition adidas ADIZERO Authentic Pro jersey for the outdoor game on Feb. 15

adidas, the NHL and the LA Kings introduced the special-edition ADIZERO Authentic Pro NHL jersey specifically designed for the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game.

adidas journeys ahead of time with a sleek, futuristic design, which pulls inspiration from the Air Force Academy’s angular architecture and aircraft.

The jerseys will make their on-ice debut on Saturday, February 15, when the Kings take on the Colorado Avalanche at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. (5 p.m. on NBC in the U.S. and on SN1 and TVAS2 in Canada).

The Kings will don the special jerseys for a second and final time this season on February 29 when they host the New Jersey Devils at STAPLES Center.

ADIZERO AUTHENTIC PRO NHL® JERSEY:

  • Crest: A new L.A. crest takes flight on diagonal bisected blocking, inspired by aircraft battle stripes.
  • Design: The architecture of the venue’s Air Force Academy, coupled with a pilot’s ambition to push to the edge, inspired the oblique angles used to shape the jersey’s typography and numbering. A checkerboard design graphic is implemented along the neckline.

The adidas ADIZERO Authentic jersey is lighter, cooler, and stronger – featuring twill numbers that reduce weight, adidas Clima® technology that combines moisture management with breathability and maximized circulation to keep players cool, and Aeroknit fabric for a full range of motion and durability.

At the forefront of innovation, design and craftsmanship, the adidas ADIZERO Authentic jersey takes the hockey silhouette to the next level by redefining fit, feel and lightweight construction.

The adidas ADIZERO Authentic Pro NHL® jerseys will be available online at adidas.com, NHLShop.com, and at the TEAM LA online shop beginning January 20.

Adidas unveils 2020 NHL All-Star Game jerseys and a lot of people hate them

These are either nice or the worst things you’ve ever laid eyes on, apparently

As a huge hockey fan myself, it’s not exactly news when the NHL does something that most of its fans dislike. That’s what we call “business as usual.” However, there are still certain times when we all have no choice to be, like, “damn, they thought this was a good idea?”

That seems to be the case with this year’s NHL All-Star Game jerseys, which Adidas unveiled to the public on Wednesday afternoon. The uniforms feature single-color team logos over a musical staff that runs across the front of the jersey, a nod to the host team in the St. Louis Blues. Like last year, each of the All-Star teams will have a dark gray and and white version of the uniform.

Here’s a look:

It’s not uncommon for people to turn into harsh critics when it comes to new jerseys, and style is subjective so not everyone usually comes to an agreement upon assessment. That being said, It appears that a whole lot of people dislike these, or at least think they could be significantly better!

Luckily, not EVERYONE hates them.

Personally, I don’t think they’re putrid or the worst the NHL has ever had, but they’re certainly not good. The big problem here is that only some of the jerseys look solid-to-good while others look downright terrible, and that’s mainly due to the single-color team logos. If your team logo is on the darker side, you’re probably okay. However, logos using lighter/brighter colors over the gray and white jerseys… woof.

It seems like it would have made a lot more sense to just stick to a fully gray & white theme, like the league did in last year’s All-Star Game. Those jerseys looked quite good across the board. It’s understandable that the league wanted to try something different this year, but the execution leaves room for desire. Perhaps the logos would look better if the colors were muted a bit.

Anyway, if you want to assault your eyes or make fun of these in action, feel free to watch the NHL All-Star Game on January 25th in St. Louis. Or don’t. It’s a free country.

2018 NHL ENTRY DRAFT LIVE BLOG

In 2004 it was Alex Ovechkin, in 1984 it was Mario Lemieux, tonight is the night where teams get to add young talent to their roster that can change their franchise forever. Who will your team select? Stay up to date with our live 2018 NHL Draft first-round blog! We’ll be updating with each selection as the night unfolds with links to purchase draft-style jerseys for each player so you can be the first to rock your team’s selection on the back of your jersey!

1st Overall – Buffalo Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin – D

2nd Overall – Carolina Hurricanes

Andrei Svechnikov – RW

3rd Overall – Montreal Canadiens

Jesperi Kotkaniemi – C

4th Overall – Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk – LW

5th Overall – Arizona Coyotes

Barrett Hayton – C

6th Overall – Detroit Red Wings

Philip Zadina – RW

7th Overall – Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes – D

8th Overall – Chicago Blackhawks

Adam Boqvist – D

9th Overall – New York Rangers

Vitali Kravtsov – RW

10th Overall – Edmonton Oilers

Evan Bouchard – D

11th Overall – New York Islanders

Oliver Wahlstrom – RW

12th Overall – New York Islanders (from Calgary)

Noah Dobson – D

13th Overall – Dallas Stars

Ty Dellandrea – C

14th Overall – Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis)

Joel Farabee – LW

15th Overall – Florida Panthers

Grigori Denisenko – LW

16th Overall – Colorado Avalanche

Martin Kaut – RW

17th Overall – New Jersey Devils

Ty Smith – D

18th Overall – Columbus Blue Jackets

Liam Foudy – C

19th Overall – Philadelphia Flyers

Jay O’Brien – C

20th Overall – Los Angeles Kings

Rasmus Kupari – C

21st Overall – San Jose Sharks

Ryan Merkley – D

22nd Overall – New York Rangers – from Ottawa (from Pittsburgh)

K’Andre Miller – D

23rd Overall – Anaheim Ducks

Isac Lundestrom – C

24th Overall – Minnesota Wild

Filip Johansson – D

25th Overall – St. Louis Blues (from Toronto)

Dominik Bokk – RW

26th Overall – Ottawa Senators – from New York (from Boston)

Jacob Bernard-Docker – D

27th Overall – Chicago Blackhawks (from Nashville)

Nicolas Beaudin – D

28th Overall – New York Rangers (from Tampa Bay)

Nils Lundkvist – D

29th Overall – Toronto Maple Leafs – from St. Louis (from Winnipeg)

Rasmus Sandin – D

30th Overall – Detroit Red Wings (from Vegas)

Joe Veleno – C

31st Overall – Washington Capitals

Alex Alexeyev – D

COLLECTOR’S CORNER: THAT DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT!?

One of the more fun aspects of collecting jerseys is adding those that may have been rarely worn, special occasion, or somewhat “off-kilter” designs (I’m pointing at you, Dallas Stars Mooterus!). These otherwise “oddball” jerseys can really get a conversation going about your collection. Other unique jerseys are those of players on teams that they actually happened to play with but, otherwise, really don’t look right; especially when thinking back on their careers of where they made their biggest impressions on fans.

Many players are synonymous with particular teams even though they may have played with others in their careers. For many of us who grew up in the 80s watching hockey the best example of this may be Wayne Gretzky. He is still, at least in many of our minds, synonymous with the Edmonton Oilers. To see him wearing LA Kings, NY Rangers or even those St. Louis Blues colours (though the latter was only for 18 games) still doesn’t look right compared my hockey memories of him wearing Oilers’ blue and orange. This is despite the fact he actually played more seasons outside of Edmonton than with the Oilers.

Out here on the west coast of Canada Trevor Linden will always be known as “Captain Canuck.” No other player gave more blood, sweat or tears for that organization than him. Yet, while Mike Keenan’s trading him to the New York Islanders will forever be a day that lives in infamy many of us need to be reminded that he actually played parts of two seasons each with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. Of course, to say he doesn’t look right in anything other than Canucks colours is a little ironic since those colours changed a few times over the years that he wore Vancouver jerseys. But, the point is the same: #16 was, is and always will be wearing a Canucks jersey (whatever it may look like) in our minds and jersey collections.

Staying with the Vancouver Canucks, one of their grittiest players ever who helped them “Slay the Dragon” by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup playoffs was Kevin Bieksa. To say he really didn’t look right wearing the Anaheim Ducks’ jersey (another arch-rival after the Ryan Kesler trade) was only compounded when he had to change from his customary uniform #3 to #2 during his first season in Orange County.

The recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductions also reminded us of two greats of their generation who will also have different jerseys on Google Images as a footnote to their careers. Seriously – will anyone remember Martin Brodeur suiting up for 7 games with the St. Louis Blues?! Talk about a jersey that just doesn’t look right on a player after he tended the twine for New Jersey for over two decades! I’m sure there’s at least one Coolhockey.com blog reader who has this jersey (probably ordered from Coolhockey.com too!).

Even though Brodeur’s HHOF classmate, Martin St. Louis started his NHL with the Calgary Flames and ended his career with the New York Rangers he will forever by linked to the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, if he looks strange wearing the “Broadway Blue Shirt” then how about his fellow Lightning Stanley Cup teammate, Vincent Lecavalier wearing a Flyers jersey, or weirder still, the black and silver of the LA Kings?!

What would a blog for a Toronto-based company be without mentioning one of, if not the most revered, Maple Leaf of his generation: Doug Gilmour. This man has become as much a myth and legend as almost anyone of his era for getting the absolute most out of his slight frame. I’d argue that he made as much a mark in his career and for himself playing with the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues but it was really his time with the Leafs that most hockey fans will remember him. Though it may not look weird to see Gilmour Flames or Blues jerseys it sure doesn’t look right to see him wearing the colours of old Norris Division rivals, Chicago Blackhawks. Or how about with regional rivals, Buffalo Sabres? But, I’m sure more than just his biggest fan, Don Cherry’s head spins if you happen to see a #93 Gilmour on the bleu, blanc et rouge of Toronto’s “Forever Rival” Les Canadiens de Montreal!

I’m sure each of you has favourite players who just didn’t look right wearing certain jerseys of certain teams. For me, it is still heartbreaking to see Dave Babych in a Hartford Whalers jersey (though, it’s one of the best ever jerseys) after he was my very first favourite player growing up a Winnipeg Jets fan.

Ray Bourque wearing the snow-swept A of Colorado’s Avalanche in place of the spoked B is another jersey that doesn’t look right to me.

But, perhaps, the worst all time “that doesn’t look right” is when “Number 4” ended up wearing a Blackhawks jersey for the final 26 games of his career instead of Bobby Orr’s familiar gold and black Bruins’ uniform. This should be wiped from the record books! And, as much as everyone should be a fan of #4 it is “Hockey Heresy” to have an Orr Chicago jersey (just sayin’ not judgin’).

What are some of your favorite players who just didn’t look right wearing a certain uniform? If you’re a fan of a certain player then collecting jerseys from each of the teams they may have played for is an interesting way to add to your collection. Though, if you were a fan of 12-teams player, Mike Sillinger, it could be a costly proposition. And you thought the 9-members of the “Travelling Jagrs” wearing a jersey from each of his 9 NHL teams were a cool club…lol!