Thursday, January 18, 2007

A new jersey preview

The NHL and Reebok are offering a small media contingent a preview of their new jerseys Wednesday in New York. The jerseys will make their debut on the ice at next week's all-star game in Dallas.

I'll offer more info as it becomes available.
Scott Hannan was dubious about promised technology benefits. "I feel 8 percent faster out there," he said with a smirk.
UPDATE Here's an early look at the Eastern Conference jersey:

It looks pretty sharp to me.

(And if that's not a "poster boy" shot, I don't know what is.)

19 Comments:

At 5:19 PM, January 17, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

I'm confused -- I thought they were be unveiled today.

 
At 8:45 PM, January 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully they are getting cold feet!

In an All-Star game article somewhere I found a shot of the jersey's that will be worn both Conference teams.

Just dreadful!

 
At 9:28 AM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a thought.
Why don't they stage a re-enactment of the Richard Riot from 1955 and let real hockey fans attack Bettman in his seat at the Corporate Schmooze fest.

 
At 1:24 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big deal over nothing, they don't deviate too much from the current style. These are the All-Star game unis so there's no history involved. Until we see what they do with the Habs, Ranger and Hawk jerseys there isn't much to say.

 
At 1:30 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are very sharp. Those are the nicest all-star jerseys in a while.

But it really depends on how they look once the Original Six teams are slotted into the template.

 
At 1:42 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's not much that would make me go to Montreal to riot on St. Catherine's Street, but messing with the Habs' jerseys would qualify.

 
At 1:52 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At $424 they better not change the jerseys too often. It'll cost close to a grand for new home whites and away darks. By the time the alternates come out they'll easily be $500 a pop. Yuo can alwasy get the iron on version for $200 I guess.

 
At 2:02 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Jenn said...

If they mess with my Wings jerseys, I'll be really pissed. For that matter, I'll be pretty pissed if they mess with any of the Original Six sweaters.

 
At 2:19 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous showtyme said...

All the negative press regarding these jersey's seem to be much ado about nothing. To me, this doesn't actually change much. I think the major change comes heading into next season, and having to possibly redesign each team's jersey's. If that happens, then people may have reason to complain. Otherwise, just deal with it. Not much different.

 
At 3:33 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still going to wait to pass judgement until I see the actual product during a game and on television.

But I can say this - early review is it is not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I was at Team Canada's Summer 2005 Olympic training camp when they unveiled form fitting uniforms for the final red/white scrimmage. The reaction was a quick and decisive groan from the crowd. They were so tighter about 10 of the biggest guys couldn't fit into one.

Clearly the people behind this jersey revolution have refined it some.

Joe Pelletier
http://www.legendsofhockey.blogspot.com

 
At 4:12 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I expect there will be next to zero performance improvement (except for Rebok's stock performance when they get to sell more merchandise) but I guess there might be some comfort improvement if they don't soak up water like the old ones did. But ultimately I think this is just another case of the NHL tinkering with stuff just so they can say they are doing something.

 
At 5:27 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the floor hockey stick in the player's hands?

 
At 7:25 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Karina said...

Is anyone else wondering why the Eastern all-star jersey costs $424 on shop.nhl.com, while the western one is $124??

 
At 2:56 AM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The authentic jersey costs $425, the replica one costs $185.

Regardless, $425 for a jersey is an insane amount for a jersey! Don't think you'll be seeing too many fans with those.

Jersey doesn't look too bad (except may be the socks) but still waiting on the jerseys for the rest of the teams, that should be more interesting.

 
At 8:03 AM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ew. I wont be putting that on my walls anytime soon.

 
At 10:09 AM, January 19, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

As I suspected all along -- more of a material and cut change than any sort of league-wide aesthetic revolution. If teams decide to change their design, then that's on them, not Reebok or the NHL.

And yes, if the Habs mess with their unis now, after 94 years, I will fly to Montreal and punch George Gillette personally.

 
At 12:30 PM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$424 jerseys are all part of the cost savings brought to you by the NHL lockout. You now have the option of buying a single average season ticket at $2000, a $500 home jersey or pay two months mortgage!! Why is it attendance isn't booming? Corporate accounts pay for seats, but the casual fan isn't buying the merchandise.

 
At 3:54 PM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NHL is now talking about fining players that modify the uniform. Doesn't it seem like the more sophisticated the League tries to become the less joy they allow.

 
At 6:06 PM, January 19, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

No one said you had to replace the home jersey you have. What are the odds of them actually looking that bloody different, anyway? And what are the odds they're going to sell all that high-tech material to Joe Fan to wear to the stadium, anyway?

 

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