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Calgary Hitmen bringing back a classic pink jersey


Calgary Hitmen bringing back a classic pink jersey

Back in April, the WHL's Calgary Hitmen unveiled a new 20th anniversary jersey to be used next season. It was inspired by their original uniforms from 1995.

Yeah, I can't seem to escape the 1990s these days, so I've just decided to own it.

The franchise was named after co-founder and WWF wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart. They even wore his distinctive black and pink color scheme early on.

From the press release:

The limited edition throwback jersey, black with grey and pink, includes two shoulder patches; one that features Hart’s famous words, ‘The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be’, while the opposite shoulder is dressed with the historic Hitmen starburst logo.

In 1998, the pink was traded for a red and bronze look — think the late '90s Edmonton Oilers with black instead of navy blue. They've worn those colors ever since, breaking out the pink from time to time for throwback and cancer awareness nights.

The Hitmen were dreadful in those first couple of seasons while wearing pink. Of course, as soon as they dropped it, they won their first WHL championship in 1999. Go figure.

For more photos of the new retro sweater, click here


Manchester Monarchs scrap purple, swipe Kings jerseys


Manchester Monarchs scrap purple, swipe Kings jerseys

Monarchs' home and road jerseys, 2014— // Photos from LA Kings Insider

The AHL's Manchester Monarchs lost a piece of their identity Wednesday. They scrapped the purple and gold from their color scheme and unveiled new home and road jerseys identical to those of their NHL affiliate, the Los Angeles Kings.

Perhaps they're just trying to capitalize on the Kings' recent Stanley Cup championships, but this is nevertheless a depressing development for a club that once had a truly unique look.

“These jerseys tie us to our parent club, the Kings,” said [Monarchs president Darren] Abbott. “The Monarchs have so many players that have gone on to play for the Kings and have helped them win Stanley Cup championships in Los Angeles that we wanted to bring their identity into our uniforms.”

I'm of the opinion players shouldn't be wearing NHL jerseys until they make the NHL, but obviously Abbott disagrees.

This is almost a literal representation of what I think when I see an AHLer wearing an NHL jersey.

This is almost a literal representation of what I think when I see an AHLer wearing an NHL jersey.

If you live in New Hampshire, the new sweaters will be available very soon.

The jerseys were unveiled at a press conference held at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Wednesday that introduced head coach Mike Stothers to Manchester. Fans will be able to purchase the new jerseys at the Monarchs' annual Summer Fan Fest ... on Saturday, July 26. 

For more photos from the unveiling, check out L.A. Kings Insider.

What do you think of the Monarchs switching to these jerseys? Be sure to vote in the poll.

Manchester Monarchs home and road jerseys, 2010—2014


Is the NHL planning black and neon green All-Star jerseys?


Is the NHL planning black and neon green All-Star jerseys?

Reebok's NHL Spring 2015 apparel catalog has leaked online and it provides some fascinating insights into the aesthetics of the upcoming 2015 NHL All-Star Game.

The catalog shows black and neon green heavily featured on the T-shirt designs from a line styled after jerseys. All of the following images are pulled from that catalog.

We begin on page 94 where the Premier replica All-Star jerseys are noted. Unfortunately, the designs were not included when this catalog was last updated on May 29 — the date seen on the cover. So what can we glean from this page?

  • Delivery date is listed as Jan. 1, 2015 — the date of of the Winter Classic in Washington, D.C. Could the jerseys be unveiled at the NHL's signature New Year's Day event?
  • The codes "HA1-WHITE" and "HA2-BLACK" appear below the graphic. Might they suggest the colors of the two jerseys? The last time the NHL had a black versus white All-Star Game was 1993 — back when they used the old NHL shield and orange trim.
  • Speaking of trim, check out the bar at the top that reads "Men's Jerseys." Will neon green return to NHL ice for the first time since the Blue Jackets dropped it in 2007? Don't forget, this All-Star Game will be played in Columbus. Coincidence?

All I know is the appearance of neon green — or electric green as the Jackets referred to it — made several more appearances in the catalog.

If we skip down a few pages, we find that electric green used in several T-shirt designs.

Not only is there a green shirt in the batch, but the player numbers — which would be printed on the back — are black outlined in green.

It's hard not to see this as being pulled straight from the jerseys.

Also noteworthy is the new treatment for the All-Star version of the NHL shield. If it seems familiar, you're probably thinking about the chrome logos introduced last year for the teams that participated in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series.

But, wait there's more. More neon green, of course. 

Several other T-shirts include various alternate treatments for the logo — particularly in black, grey and green.

If you're still not sold on the idea that neon green is likely to be part of the NHL All-Star Game jerseys — you're probably part of a dwindling group.

Unless there's another reason for it that I'm failing to see.

Beyond the shirts are some headwear selections, including these hats.


If you're not interested in downloading the catalog yourself — or it's no longer available when you're reading this, I've grabbed some more T-shirt designs that use a ton of variations on the All-Star Game logo. You'll definitely have your pick if you end up buying one.

If you're looking at some of these treatments and thinking they look rather girly, it's probably because they're women's designs.

Anyway, there are definitely a lot of options here — male or female.

Have a favorite design? Let us know in the comments.

Lastly, I can't end this post without at least mentioning the IceHL — Icethetics' own fantasy hockey league. We have a team whose colors may seem quite familiar. 

To those who have wanted to see a North Carolina Nighthawks jersey produced, stay tuned. The new NHL All-Star uniforms may be right up your alley.


Rumor no more: Flyers confirm new third jersey


Rumor no more: Flyers confirm new third jersey

On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers confirmed they have a new third jersey in the works for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

The news came by way of team COO Shawn Tilger during the Flyers Town Hall Meeting — a special event for season ticket holders.

That's literally all we learned. A new alternate is on the way. The bigger question is, what will it look like? For that, we'll have to wait.

But there's nothing like the confirmation of a new jersey's existence to get our talented concept artists to gear up. We should see some interesting stuff.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will have fun ignorantly speculating. I'll get us started. The most obvious possibility is to simply resurrect the last non-primary jersey the team wore — the one from the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Those were nice.

Flyers 2012 Winter Classic jersey

A lot of teams look to their past for third jersey ideas, often bringing about classy throwbacks. In Philly's case, they're already wearing the same sweaters they had through their first 15 years of existence.

So what about more recent designs? Here are some other orange jerseys the Flyers have worn.

If you grew up in the 1980s and '90s, the one on Eric Lindros is forever embedded in your memory as the epitome of Flyers sweaters. Meanwhile, Peter Forsberg is wearing a short-lived third jersey, worn from 2002 to 2007. It features the reviled 3D revision to the classic Flyers crest.

How about black jerseys?

They've never looked good in black, but that hasn't stopped them from trying. Forsberg's jersey launched as a third in 1997 and was promoted to full time use in 2001 until 2007 when Simon Gagne's jersey took over. That one was retired in 2010.

I've heard rumblings that team management is amenable to incorporating Philadelphia's Liberty Bell into its uniform symbolism. Maybe now is the time?

What do you think the Flyers should do?

Flyers home/road jerseys, 2010—



Classic look coming to St. Louis Blues this fall


Classic look coming to St. Louis Blues this fall


When the St. Louis Blues take the ice for their season opener on Oct. 9 against the Rangers, they will be wearing this sweater for the first time.

Recently, I got a sneak peek at the new home jersey the Blues will start using in the fall. And while I don't have any photos to share with you, I was able to recreate what I saw in the graphic above.

Here's a quick rundown:

  • Colors and crest not changing.
  • Big, bold striping dominates design.
  • Yellow piping gone; waist stripes return.
  • Shoulders inspired by original 1967 jersey.
  • Hanger effect design: "EST. 1967"

Basically, the overall design looks a lot like it did before the Blues had their jerseys overhauled by Reebok in 2007. (Photos on the right.)

The new look continues a trend of teams adopting more traditional jersey designs in the years since Reebok's league-wide modernization.

While the home and road jerseys will be replaced in 2014-15, the third jersey will stick around.

Unfortunately, the Blues have yet to announce an unveiling date for the new sweaters at this point. Hopefully we hear something soon.

Since I only saw the home jersey, the road design is still a bit of a mystery. That could be fun for our talented concept artists.

Email me your interpretation of a new Blues road jersey to go with this one and I'll post some on the Concepts page this week.

St. Louis Blues jerseys, 2007—2014

St. Louis Blues jersey, 1998—2007