There hasn’t been an NHL All-Star Game in nearly two years (remember, last season’s game was cancelled due to the Olympics). But with this season’s showcase game only two months away, the league still hasn’t announced what the uniforms will look like. And that’s a thornier question than usual this time around, because the traditional conference-vs.-conference set-up is being replaced by a new format.
But now, thanks to reader Matt Kuekes, we finally have some word on how the new design is shaping up. Here’s his report:
Monday night there was a party for Carolina Hurricanes season ticket-holders at the arena, and I overheard some people talking with the manager of the team’s pro shop about this season’s NHL All-Star game uniforms. He described the design as follows:
• The team colors will be white vs. blue.
• The jerseys will have the NHL crest on the front, along with the player’s uni number below the collar and above the NHL crest. Someone asked if this was similar to Buffalo with the small numbers on the front, and he reiterated that there would be a number centered but below the neckline, and above the main NHL logo.
• He also noted that players will have the regular sleeve and back numbers in addition to the small number on the front.
• No info on logos from that players team on the jerseys, but I would guess on the shoulders like in years past.
• Last bit of info: He said that players will all keep their normal uni numbers, so we could have multiple number Xs on the ice for the same team. If Eric Stall and Jerome Iginla are on the same side, for example, they’d both wear No. 12.
He also said that the new format was causing problems for him, because he didn’t know which jerseys to order. For example: If Crosby and Eric Staal end up on the same team, he will sell out of that color jersey instantly.
All very interesting. The centered front number sounds awful,
but let’s wait and see how it looks. eh, may as well go ahead and start hating it now.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my latest ESPN column is available here.
My latest million-dollar idea: Okay, maybe half a million. As I mentioned yesterday, I spent last weekend helping some friends who are working on their new house upstate. They’d loaded up on lots of Ikea furnishings, which reminded me of something I’d completely forgotten about: Back in the late 1990s, I had come up with the idea of a parody web site for a Jewish-themed Ikea, called Oykea. Slogan (spoken in a mild Yiddish accent): “It’s a big country. What, you expect it to furnish itself?”
The furnishings would have names like Shlomo, Yehudi, Hymie, and Elijah (which of course would be a chair that nobody’s allowed to sit in). The café would serve matzo brei and gefilte fish. Price tags would say things like, “For you, $58.” And all the you-assemble-it furniture would have the following statement printed on the box: “Put it together yourself! A little hard work won’t kill you.” Closed on Saturdays, natch.
For whatever reason, I never got around to executing this idea. Thirteen years later, I still think it’s pretty good. It could be anything from a home page (essentially a virtual poster) to a full-fledged site with various sections, departments, etc. I don’t really have time to work on it now, but what the hell, that’s never stopped me before. If anyone out there is (a) intrigued and (b) sufficiently design-y and web-savvy to work on this with me, give a holler. Thanks.
Probably the only time you’ll ever hear me say, “sports bra” out loud: Another one of my talking-head segments with NFL Films is now on the web. This one’s about the disappearance of sleeves, and I think they did a really good job producing it. The only fly in the ointment: They got this site’s URL wrong. Grrrrrrr.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Some Giants fan should definitely snap up this old patch. … Here’s more about John Peckinpaugh, the basketball player with the boxing headgear. I interviewed Peckinpaugh myself a few days ago and will have more on him soon. … New logo for the Altoona Curve (with thanks to Guy Finelli). … This is pretty great: a family whose Thanksgiving tradition is to stage a re-creation of the Iron Bowl in their back yard (nice find by Benjamin Guest). … New court design for Hofstra (with thanks to Max Sass). … The Flip Flop Fly Ball guy has parlayed his excellent charts and graphics into a book. Here’s the cover — I like it. … Lelands is auctioning off one of those Denver Bears strike-zone uniforms as part of a larger lot of minor league flannels (with thanks to Paul Wiederecht). … The newly renamed Connecticut Whale — formerly the Hartford Wolfpack — have had their first jersey unveiling. … New hoops uniforms for Duquesne (with thanks to Josh P.). … Brinke is all ga-ga over these Giants World Championship tube socks. … “Just heard from the MISL’s Baltimore Blast,” writes Jim Vilk. “They said they will be wearing early-’80s retro uniforms [based on this design] all season long. The only exceptions will be for an Army night, and for some yet-to-be-announced special game.” … Latest basketball teams to have those sublimated Nike designs: Washington and UVA (with thanks to Kyle Ferramola and Kevin Zdancewicz, respectively). … Love the pants piping on the 1960 Ottawa Rough Riders (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: After winning the Grey Cup in 1970, the Montreal Alouettes wore a championship sleeve patch the following year. … Excellent catch by Joe Hilseberg, who noticed a blunder in this Ohio State Pro Combat photo. Can you spot it? Look closely at the two numerals — the drop shadows are going in the opposite directions. … New hoops uniforms for Albany (with thanks to Aaron Scholder). … The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team will be memorializing the fallen NZ miners. And what sort of memorial do you wear on a black uniform? According to the fourth-to-last graf of this article, they’ll be wearing white armbands (with thanks to Caleb Borchers). … UW-Milwaukee wore some Sonics-ish throwbacks last night. Groovy warm-ups, too (as noted by Jason Goede). … Another school with new hoops uniforms: Wofford (with thanks to proud Wofford alum Geoffrey Thomas). … Went down to the Bell House last night and entered a Ping-Pong tournament. Hadn’t played in two or three years, but it all came back relatively quickly. Won my first match and then got soundly thumped by a 20something gal in cowboy boots who said she learned to play after her brother got a Ping-Pong table for his bar mitzvah. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere.
Holiday schedule: I’ll leave the site open for comments tomorrow. Phil has something special planned for Friday, I’ll be returning the favor for him on Saturday, and then he’ll be back on Sunday. On Monday we’ll get back to normal.
Everyone have a great Thanksgiving, travel safe, and let’s hope the Jets don’t wear solid green again. See you in a few days.