Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Canucks unveil new jerseys

Yeeck. Well, I can't see there being any confusion over what city the team's from.

They certainly didn't listen to Tom Benjamin, and given the mishmash of several previous jerseys, I wonder if this was their prototype.

Top image courtesy of The Chief Canuck. (Feel free to post more in the comments section.)

The Canucks' website has more.



At 5:09 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Andrew D. said...

Wow, that's craptacular. It's like a bowling rec league shirt.

At 5:13 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

James, I never realized that the Hartford Whalers had moved to VANCOUVER!!!!

Apart from the stupid Whale logo,putting Vancouver on the sweaters is a huge marketing mistake. People from around the Province (Vancouver Island, North Coast, North Interior, South Interior, Lower Mainland) all identify with the CANUCKS - NOT VANCOUVER. This will just alienate them. Just dumb marketing.

But what should you expect when the team hires as their President and chief marketing guy an American who knows nothing about hockey or British Columbia.

At 5:18 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger Brian said...

I thought I was expecting the worst, yet they managed to exceed my gravest fears.

At 5:20 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

What the hell is wrong with the Canucks? This is their FIFTH design since entering the NHL, and they still manage to come up with something that is uglier than what they had before?

I was never a great opponent of the current schedule, but having to see those nasty pyjamas four times a year in the Saddledome is just too much.

At least they resisted the urge to go with vertical striping. Just imagine those things with the seaweed colours floating up the sides....

At 5:21 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Are teams intentionally going out of their way to piss off fans with their "new logos/uniforms? So far of all the new ones we've seen only the Washington Caps are an improvement over their old style.

At 5:25 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Oh well, I'm sure they'll get it right next summer.

At 5:27 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

You can make a process idiot proof (jersey templates) but the idiots will just get better.

Shocking. Easily the worst jersey in the entire NHL. Are the Canucks intent on cornering the market for hideous jersey?

At 5:43 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Slugonator said...

I'm biased, since I am a Canucks fan, but how exactly are these jerseys worse than the Islanders, Panthers or Predators jerseys?

Is the word mark that offensive? Because other than the orca logo, which they've had for years, and the wordmark, it looks nearly identical to the vintage jerseys everyone apparently loved. It even has horizontal stripes which everyone was bitching about regarding all these new jerseys.

I'm probably alone on this one, given the reaction here and on HFBoards, but I like them. I could do without the wordmark, yes, but it doesn't bother me so much that I'm going into a homicidal rage.

At 5:48 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Those are horrible. The guy on the left end looks embarrassed to be wearing it.

At 6:17 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger Road Apples said...

I'm ordinarily a pretty harsh critic wrt new uniforms, but...and i'm not a Canucks fan...i'm with slugonator:

i don't get the outrage.

obviously there's no accounting for taste, but to me there's no *better* colour scheme than the old-school Dennis Ververgaert blue and green. I could do without the nod to the Orca Bay but all in all, I like 'em.

So those of you destroying these new uniforms, what would have been better? Harkening back to Vancouver's black/orange/red/yellow era? Nothing good there.

They've managed to completely avoid the horrible curved vertical Reebok lines, they avoided the Jackson Pollock mess under the arms (among others, see the Buffalo slug - my team), and retained the cool traditional horizontal striping.

"worst jersey in the NHL???" honestly? Jeez, the more I look at them, the more I like them. Top 5.


At 6:24 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

The Vancouver word mark is what kills them. Look at the Orca logo, yt's pushed down way too far. What other jersey in the world has a logo of that size on the bottom half of the jersey?

At 6:28 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Having the orca logo will make it easier for coaches to notice which player is piling on the pounds: his gut will push the whale out.

I don't like these, but I've seen worse. I really liked the "skate blade" uniform -- the one they wore to the '94 Finals. Wish they'd go back to that.

At 7:17 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous J-Nick said...

The blue one (is it still home or are they going back to white for home?) is all right, but the green line at the bottom of the white jersey makes it look like it should be tucked in. The white at the bottom sticks out like a sore thumb

At 7:41 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh .. makes me glad I'm not a Canucks fan, not to mention being in an Eastern Conference city. I can't imagine ever wanting to wear it or look at it.

Wish they'd have gone back to the gold skate thingy from the early-mid90s.

And hey, good thing they got Linden signed in time to trot him out for this, no?

At 8:29 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger J.R. Hippe said...

Easily one of the worst unveiled so far.

They took their old, oldest and newest jerseys and through them together. It's a crappy design and the definition of an identity crisis from a team that has won absolutely nothin' since entering the NHL.

Orca Bay doesn't care though. The sheep will still buy that BS.

At 9:18 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

Hey, guy in the fifth row. You told me you had the flu. You're fired.

At 10:15 p.m., August 29, 2007, Blogger JTE said...

Wow, I can't say I've seriously disliked any of the new ones unveiled to this point, but those are hideous. The VANCOUVER is what does it. If not for that I would be neither in love with or disgusted with these. But, damn, that's awful. It's like someone bought a regular jersey, then used masking tape to spell out VANCOUVER on the front.


At 10:24 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's the orca or the vancouver (I actually like the lettering there myself) that's the problem.

It's the colours.

"Blue and green/
Should never be seen/
Unless together in the washing machine"

At 11:00 p.m., August 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Vancouver and their fugly jerseys. Look at crowd, most of them are wearing the 3rd stick/rink jerseys

At 12:30 a.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Ebscer said...

not as bad as the islanders, but I don't like the text on the front there...

also, I've always liked their simple stick logo better...

At 9:28 a.m., August 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the rest of the teams address on the back of the sweater? Or is the back reserved for the skate design to incoporate every logo?

Remove the Vancouver, at the very least from the home uni, you'd think the people at GM place know where they are. Put the Orca corporate logo on the sleeves and move the updated rink-stick C to the chest and you'd have a decent uniform.

Better yet just buy the retro uniform from last season.

At 10:40 a.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Knotwurth Mentioning said...

Heh, Cherry will be outraged. I remember him in the game 7 of the Dallas-Vancouver series, whining about them looking wimpy in their "powder blue uniforms."

Honestly, though, I agree with the sentiment that the worst part is the wording. The whites are even nice, by me, with the exception of the aforementioned white bit at the bottom -- they should have put the green as far down as it could go.

Otherwise, I'm content. I prefer the black jerseys, personally, but since everyone was all obsessed over the vintage ones, the marketing was there for the return to the "classic" colour scheme.

At 11:38 a.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Cam Fraser said...

No accounting for taste, I guess. The logo is god-awful, but the comparisons to the Islanders sweaters are totally unfair... to the Islanders. Their sweaters look great; these are ass.

What would annoy me most were I a Canuck fan is that there is general and widespread concensus that the original sweaters are really, really nice. So you have a slam dunk opportunity, and you decide to shoot from half court? Idiots.

At 1:24 p.m., August 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just say the Canucks were trying to do something novel and use the wordmark and a logo. My problem is that the Orca-C just doesn't fit well with the Vancouver written over it since it pokes into the middle of the word. The Stick Rink C actually would have fit in better under the wordmark.

At 4:58 p.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Brushback said...

I really like the "Vancouver" on the front-- then again, I liked the numbers on the front of the Buffalo jerseys last season. I agree, though, that the stick-in-rink logo would go better with it.

What other jersey in the world has a logo of that size on the bottom half of the jersey?

Dynamo Moscow's jerseys had the crest at the bottom half of the jersey a few seasons ago (well, you did say "in the world"). Not only does feel kinda weird having the crest down by your crotch when you walk around wearing the jersey, but it's also noticable when you're sitting down and the crest is in your lap instead of on your chest where it's supposed to be.


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