After four decades on the scrap heap, white hockey pants are staging a comeback in SoCal!
Tonight, the Los Angeles Kings revealed their new 2015 NHL Stadium Series uniform to the world at the opening of the new Team LA Store at Staples Center.
While the team was in St. Louis losing to the Blues, club president Luc Robitaille unveiled the jersey back home — proving the rumors true.
Weirdly, the most remarkable element of the uniform is not the sweater, but rather those white pants. That travesty hasn't seen action on NHL ice since the Washington Capitals fixed their mistake during their inaugural season in 1974.
At the unveiling, Robitaille was quick to point out that the players OK'd the white pants. Well, now they actually have to wear them.
As much as I'm giving the Kings a hard time, I actually really like the look for a single use. That last part is critical. I wouldn't want to see any team try it full time, but for a special event, what the heck. Go nuts.
Another neat aspect of the uniform pointed out by Robitaille are the two crowns on the left side of the collar. They represent the Kings' Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014.
Now let's take a step back and look at the bigger picture. As with last year's Stadium Series, the teams involved are using the same jersey template — but with their own colors.
For better or worse, the game gets a cohesive look.
After the unveiling of the Sharks' jersey last week, I said my peace about the collar. I don't like it. I'm also not sure I'm a fan of the giant sleeve numbers.
It's jarring at first glance. Hockey jerseys aren't supposed to look like that. Or so tradition would tell us. It could grow on me in time, but for now I feel like any potential usefulness it creates for a 70,000-seat stadium is outweighed by the aesthetic atrocity that's being committed.
Time will tell, I suppose.
So there are our 2015 NHL Stadium Series jerseys. What do you think?