Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Reebok recall

According to sources in the B’s dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company’s expense with new uniforms made of the old materials.
An embarrassment, really.

How these uniforms weren't more thoroughly tested before being put into games is beyond me, and I'm hoping serious injuries don't result from the way they're being ripped and stretched in fights this season.

My thanks to a regular reader for unearthing this one.

UPDATE Uni Watch has word from an NHL spokesman, and news of a complete recall is apparently untrue. Players looking for altered jerseys, however, will be accommodated.

UPDATE Eric Duhatschek has more at Globe on Hockey:
Not according to NHL senior vice president of communications Bernadette Mansur, who said today that while Reebok is not jettisoning the new design, it is modifying them on a player-by-player basis, depending upon their individual needs.

“There are certain panels on the front of the jersey which are being replaced with a performance fabric, an air-knit fabric,” said Mansur. “They are being given to the players who are requesting them. There is no going back to the old jerseys, no. It’s just the use of an alternate (fabric) to resolve specific issues.”

14 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous paul said...

Absolutely fantastic. Thank you James, this made my day.

 
At 12:47 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any truth to the rumour the new uniforms contain lead?

 
At 1:01 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee-hee-hee. :)

So, how much is Reebok out for this grand experiment?

And how much more wil they need to spend when they reintroduce the new high-tech jerseys AGAIN (because we all know they will try again!)?

 
At 1:10 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Who's going to pay for the study that tells us that 9% more wind resistance makes for better hockey?

 
At 3:48 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Bruce said...

Did anybody ever notice that Gary (U.S.) Bettman and the now-discredited Uniform System have the same initials?

 
At 4:40 PM, October 25, 2007, Blogger Menzies said...

Has anyone got a link or know of any opinions from the goaltenders regarding the new jerseys? I don't remember which goaltender it was, maybe kipper, but I read an article that said the goalie in question drank alot of water during a game to replace the amount of fluids he lost from sweating. Again, can't remember the specific numbers, but remember it was quite high, as in 5-pounds-of-water-sweated-out-per-game-type-high.

Where I'm going with this is a common complaint amongst players was sweat collecting in their gloves. I wonder how that translates to the goalies blockers, the goalies glove? It's not like the goalies are only on ice for 40 second shifts and can later dump excess sweat out of their gloves when back on the bench...

 
At 5:18 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the goalie was Luongo.

I'm confused. Reebok is saying that the Boston Herald is wrong, that they are not going to going back to the old jerseys, but just changing the fabric for certain players. Well isn't that what the Boston Herald said?

[quote]According to sources in the B’s dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company’s expense with [b]new uniforms made of the old materials[/b].[/quote][url="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/hockey/bruins/view.bg?articleid=1040306"]Bruins notes[/url]

To me, it just sounds like RBK is saying the exact same thing as the Herald, which RBK denied is true, but said the same thing using different words which would not imply that the original fabric and the testing of the new material by RBK were lacking in any way.

I noticed that they seemed to feel the need to make it very clear, several times, that not all uniforms are being replaced. Is that a guilty conscience speaking?

- desdemona

 
At 5:59 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

As long as we are going back to old fabrics, can we go back to old looks too?

 
At 7:15 PM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Django said...

And what Keith? Put the piping company out of business?

 
At 9:37 AM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Here's hoping the 642 (and growing) players who have taken the ice this year all request custom alterations.

 
At 8:44 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous MikeP said...

I'm no fan of RBK or the new uniforms, but in their defense, how do you test jerseys under NHL game conditions anywhere but... under NHL game conditions?

 
At 9:49 PM, October 26, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

AHL game conditions? In training camps or exhibition games? Or just give the jerseys to the competition committee and players ahead of time and see what problems or issues they'll have with them.

The issue with the pooling sweat came up almost immediately, and would have been noticed by any athlete of any skill level wearing the things for any length of time.

It's ridiculous.

 
At 2:06 PM, October 28, 2007, Blogger Jennifer said...

These jerseys seem to be a complete disaster. But like everything else in the Bettman era NHL, they'll just keep shoving bad descisions down the players and fans throats. Aside from performance issues, which seem to be huge, does anyone else hate the shirttail hem as much I do? Ugh. So freaking stupid and ugly.

 
At 11:12 PM, October 28, 2007, Anonymous Brandon said...

It's a freaking jersey, GET OVER IT. What difference does it make to you what the players are wearing? Most of the teams have jerseys that are the same or close to it as their old one. There are only a few teams that had a drastic change (San Jose, Dallas, Washington [kind of], and a couple others). Most of the teams that did make noticable changes ended up with pretty good looking jerseys (opinions vary, but whatever). All in all, it doesn't matter.

I fail to see why fans, if indeed you are really fans, take a change of jersey so personally. Watch the game instead of taking fashion notes. I wouldn't care if they skated around in pink bunny suits, because I'm a fan of the game, not the costumes. Freaks.

 

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