By Phil Hecken
I’m back again today with another installment of the popular “Timelessly Representing” series, and today we will look at hockey.
Originally envisioned for baseball, several readers have submitted their thoughts on which uniform and stadium (or arena/building) would serve as a “snapshot,” if you will, of a club’s perfect uniform and home, if one were to consider a team’s entire history. It’s subjective, of course, and very likely can be heavily influenced by the ballclubs and stadia from a particular reader’s childhood, although this is not necessarily the case. But based on the more recent vintage chosen of both team and building, it seems like one’s formative years play a role in this.
Thus far, we’ve covered both leagues of Major League Baseball, and both conferences of the NFL, both conferences of the NBA, and the CFL. Today we’ll cover the first half (two divisions — Atlantic & Metropolitan) of the NHL, and next week should be the final half of the NHL. I want to thank those who volunteered to cover these sports, and there was more interest in all of these than I could have imagined. Obviously, it’s a popular topic. It looks like I won’t be able to get to the MANY NCAA football submissions during my weekday run filling in for Paul, but fear not — they will all run on Saturdays during College Football Season, which is just around the corner.
Before we get into today’s “Timelessly Representing…”, which will be the first of two parts covering the NHL, if you’d like to reacquaint yourself (or acquaint yourself, as the case may be) with the past “Timelessly Representing” series, you can check them out here: NBA, Part I; NBA, Part II NFL, NFC Edition; NFL AFC Edition; MLB, National League Edition; MLB, American League Edition, and the CFL.
With that, I now present to you …
Timelessly Representing the NHL, Atlantic & Metropolitan Divisions
By Kyle Schroeck
My name is Kyle Schroeck, that’s Shrek like the ogre. Thanks to the readers and Phil Hecken for having me write the “Timelessly Representing the Hockey Clubs” feature. Born and Raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, I have grown an affinity for all things Western PA and I have loved hockey since the late 80’s. I am only 31 years old, but I do embrace the history of the NHL and other sports. By the way, in regards to the NFL column of the same topic, Three Rivers Stadium is as timeless as $10 Wal-Mart sneakers.
The NHL is not exactly the most stable league for teams staying in their original cities. That fact makes this write-up a bit challenging, because the best jerseys in Hurricanes history have a Whalers logo in the center of the chest. Plus we add the Winnipeg to Phoenix and Atlanta to Winnipeg conundrum. So here we go, sorted by the new divisions. On an aside, if they wanted to make the division names timeless, they would have gone back to the Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe divisions.
Thanks, Kyle! OK — that’s quite a bit to chew on (and we’re only halfway through the NHL). Like most “Timelessly” articles, I find myself agreeing more than disagreeing with your choices (and you couldn’t have found a better shot of Trots?), but I’m sure there will be some good discussion in the comments. Readers? What say you?
WEEKDAY Uniform Concepts & Tweaks
Longtime and weekend readers know that I frequently run reader submissions for uniform concepts, revisions, or just plain tweaks. Usually they are in sets of three, but sometimes there are more and sometimes there are less. Sometimes they are so good these deserve their own lede.
During Paul’s monthlong Blogcation, I’ll occasionally run one (or maybe) two of these.
If you have any concept or tweak, and you would like to see it featured here, either during the week while I’m hosting the blog or on the weekends when I return to those, drop me an e-mail. For each particular design, please try to keep your description to ~50 words or so. OK? OK!
And now, here’s what we have for today (click any images to enlarge):
Today’s concept comes from Dylan Desimine, who has created a slightly new identity for the Texas Rangers:
I’m not sure if you’d call this a really big tweak or a small concept. But, the Texas Rangers can’t decide whether they’re a blue team or a red team, as we’re all aware of. It seems like over the past couple of years they’ve wanted to be a red-white-and-blue time, and why not? They are from Texas, and they embrace their state flag very proudly. So what did I do? I simply removed the drop shadow, added two jerseys with the “Rangers” script, and overall incorporated much more red and blue to each jersey. (Yes, the blue and red jerseys can be worn at home or on the road)
Thanks! I’ll be back with more weekday tweaks/concepts again.
Here’s the latest on the ‘Skins name and related issues:
• “How Scrabble Got the Washington NFL Team’s Offensive Nickname Banned from ESPN” (h/t Rufus @RufusMcDuffie, and Jimmy Neilly)
• “Obviously this homeowner is unconcerned with the use of native American imagery” (thanks to Patrick O’Neill (Mainspark))
• “‘Redskins’ Team Name a ‘Racist Slur’: Slate, Mother Jones, The New Republic Make ‘Symbolic Ban’”
• “The Left vs. the Redskins: Teaching people to take offense is one of the Left’s black arts.”
Uni Watch News Ticker: We begin with Warren Junium and multiple ND Shamrock helmets without facemasks, plus a look at the new Nebraska Arena. … he Buffalo Bills tweaked their socks this season: 2011-12 socks (Blue tops w/ two thin blue stripes w/ red outline on each), 2013 socks (Thicker, dark outline, bottom stripe only outlined on top), and in action: 2011-12 field shot and 2013 Field Shot (big thanks to John Pascucci). Nice piece from Todd Radom “A Yankees Mystery—Almost Pinstriped, Each and Every Game.” Also from Todd: Yankees iconic top hat logo first appeared in 1946-here’s one of its first appearances. … Brian Orakpo calls the NFL’s ban on customized face masks ‘disheartening’ (h/t TommyTheCPA). … Good spot by Harrison Tishler who notes the Orioles have been playing NL teams (the D-backs, Giants and Padres) but their lineup cards are using the American League logo for the teams instead of the NL one. … Jason Hillyer saw this short story in the Columbus Dispatch regarding players losing the black stripe from their helmets. “A cursory search produced the pic below in which the player behind Meyer is wearing headgear with a black stripe,” says Jason. “I am assuming (though I don’t really know) this is the stripe the story is referencing.” … “Nike Seats” (Barcelona Stadium) — pretty much all that needs to be said (h/t Sully @pal3327). … Nebraska remains among the nation’s top 15 schools in collecting royalties from the sale of officially licensed, team-oriented merchandise (thanks to Chris Bisbee). … Interesting article in Forbes, “Why I Gave Up My New England Patriots Season Tickets” (good spot by Tommy Turner). … “While some players get ‘medical clearance’ still,” says Justin Howland, “apparently the conservative businessmen running the NFL don’t like how they look. Much like the predator visors a few years back, the crackdown on any form of uni-expression continues.” … The purple shading on the Vikes helmets/jerseys controversy continues: This ESPN piece, “ConspiracyWatch: Two shades of purple?” even includes a consultation with Paul and while the Vikes deny a mismatch, we still have a mystery. … The NFL game pass app (only available outside the US thinks submitter Brian Eagle) still shows the Seahawks’ old helmet, from 2 seasons ago already! … Some great stuff on the Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers from David Pagano: the following link states that the Pilots original plan was to have white caps with a blue bill, but that was nixed by the AL. Also a few interesting articles on a 1970 Brewers’ prototype uniform as they prepared for the Pilots’ move to Milwaukee (and you’ll probably recognize a couple of those articles are from Chance Michaels’ website!). … “Got a Lollapalooza store email the other day. Among the wares they’re hawking are hats inspired by the Blackhawks and Cubs,” says Mike Eidelbes. … “I don’t know how many fellow UWers are Breaking Bad fans, like me. However, I thought this infographic was well-done and might be Ticker-worthy” (thanks to Jason Hillyer). … The second photo from this article, as well as many more in this set have some GORGEOUS stirrups (thanks to Alex Allen). … Here is an animated clip about Mike Veeck’s Disco Demo gone wrong (nice find from Dave Rakowski). … “I’m still calling it the Rose Garden” says Brian Mazmanian (do we smell a t-shirt?). … Bears footwear update from Paul: “After seeing (yester)day’s Ticker item about the Bears’ footwear, I contacted the team and asked if they’re changing to white shoes as their default color. The answer: No — no change.” … Nice NYT article on Zander Hollander, “For Sports Fans, Before the Internet, There Were the Complete Handbooks,” (great find by Adam Herbst). … Uni number news from Andrew Cosentino: With #44 taken by Vonta Leach, Dallas Clark will wear #87 for the Ravens. He apparently picked #87 for his favorite WR in the NFL, Reggie Wayne. He never even asked Vonta Leach for his #44, saying that he has too much respect for him. … Here is a link to the story about the new Marietta College football helmets. The program is wearing gray helmets for the first time in their 119 year history (thanks to Ryan Zundell). … The St. Louis Rams expect to make uniform changes “some time” in the next 5 years. … Chris Flynn saw this t-shirt on Zack Hample’s website. Looks very similar to Jerry Dior’s MLB logo. … Here are several short clips of Central Arkansas uni unveils (h/t Southland TV Network @Southland_TV). … Dave Dameshek has put together a photo essay of the best and worst jerseys for a fan (h/t Dan Kennedy @kennedds). … Is it possible there will be a new Detroit Pistons 3rd jersey unveiled today? That tweet from the Pistons is kind of cryptic — and several on Twitter think it’s the USA jersey. Even the Free Press isn’t sure. … Take a look at the special cleat for the Shamrock Series from Notre Dame (thanks to Warren Junium). … Just what we need — Orioles Maryland Flag Hats On Sale August 14 (spotted by Rick Friedel). … Here’s a photo of the installation the new Ole Miss script logo at midfield of Vaught-Hemingway (h/t Jason Cimon @cash4title). … Jeffery Uckotter was looking at the Tennessee football website of a practice session, and a number of the players had black striping down the helmet instead of the traditional orange striping. (Gallery here.) … Missed this one yesterday, but the BC Eagles will be NOB-less for 2013, the only ACC team to be so blessed. … The LA Kings AHL affiliate are allowing fans to vote on one of three jerseys (including the infamous Burger King sweater) that the Monarchs team will wear in 2014. To vote, go here. … Bit of late breaking uni reveal news: EMCC Lions new unis (video).
That’s all I have for you today — big thanks of course to Kyle Schroeck for his take on “Timelessly Representing” the NHL, and all the contributors and tweeters. Paul will have a few words to say tomorrow about some upcoming ESPN stuff, and there will be a bit of a surprise. Everyone have a great Wednesday and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow!
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“Philosophically, if 60,000 see your helmet match your jersey, while 10,000,000 other people see your helmet not matching your jersey, does your helmet match your jersey?”
–R. Scott Rogers