A Close Look at the Penguins’ Helmets

[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest post from Scott Lederer, who’s taking a deep dive on the Penguins’ helmets. — PL]

By Scott Lederer

I’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately — just about every game. When you watch this much hockey and you like uniforms as much as I do, you start to notice things. And I’ve noticed some things about the Penguins’ helmet decals.

The Penguins have an excellent equipment staff. They do lots of things right and have great attention to detail. They even have a bunch of excellent behind-the-scenes stuff posted regularly on Twitter by their equipment manager, Dana Heinze. So it doesn’t surprise me that there are a couple details about their helmet that caught my attention.

First, I’ve noticed that when the Penguins wear their black and yellow alternate jerseys (as they have then entire playoffs), they change the color of the helmet numbers and logos to a matching yellow and white [click to enlarge]: (Continue reading)

Uni-Centric Notes on the Stanley Cup Final(s)

With the Stanley Cup Final(s) match-up now set to go with the Sharks vs. the Penguins, longtime reader Mike Engle sent a list of uni-related things to watch for and consider.

Under normal circumstances, I would have worked with Mike to find photos of everything he referred to, and might also have asked him to clarify a few points. But he sent his email late last night, and I didn’t get home until even later, so I didn’t have a chance to do any of that. Still, I think most of this is pretty self-explanatory, even without photos. Take it away, Mike: (Continue reading)

A Look at NHL Prototypes

There’s this woman on Twitter named Jen. Her handle is @NHLhistorygirl, so her tweets are mostly about NHL history. Lots of “On this date in 1983…” and things of that ilk.

Yesterday, though, Jen’s historical musings had a sub-theme: She did a series of nearly 20 posts featuring NHL prototypes, logos that were proposed but never used, and other “What might have been” designs. Unfortunately, she didn’t link all of the tweets together with a hashtag, which means there’s no one-stop-shopping way to link to all of them. So instead I’ll just embed all of them — take it away, Jen: (Continue reading)

2019 Shaping Up as Potentially Epic Year for Patches

During one of our recent discussions of anniversary patches, ordinals, and the like, reader Kurt Crowley posted a comment that caught my eye:

Can’t wait until 2019, which will feature MLB’s 150th anniversary, the Padres’ and Royals’ 50th anniversary, college football’s 150th anniversary, the NFL’s 100th season, and the 60th season for the eight original AFL teams and the Cowboys.

Sounds like a potential jersey patch bonanza, right? But the bonanza might be even bigger than that, because it turns out Kurt barely scratched the surface of what will be happening in 2019. Here’s what else is on the calendar for that year: (Continue reading)