For three years, Reebok and the NHL have worked together to design a new uniform that all 30 teams will use. And, as you can see from the picture to your left, they are....exactly the same as the last uniforms?
I've been a hockey fan for many, many years. I've seen a lot of hockey jerseys in my life. And I've read a lot about the new-look NHL uniforms and I still don't see any difference, except that they're a little tighter.
The main difference seems to be the material, which will let players stay cool (instead of wearing new jerseys, they should just come to me for advice on that) and be more aerodynamic. That's no fun for us, though.
These are just the All-Star uniforms, each team's individual unis won't be available for criticism until a later date. But what do you think? Are you a fan? Or do you, like me, not see any outstanding difference at all?
By the way, the new jerseys will run the average fan $425. No, I didn't forget a decimal point. That's a whole number. Put those eyes back in your head.
Reactions from fashion-minded hockey fans around the world:
Off Wing Opinion - From a first look, it isn't half bad. Then again, I don't have to wear it, and the real test is going to come when we see how the teams deploy their traditional logos and color schemes onto the new duds.
E.J. Hradek - The new look isn't anywhere near as bad as what I had been hearing. The horror stories making the rounds included a tucked-in look and a totally vertical design that couldn't allow for the traditional horizontal stripes that can be found near the bottom of just about every current jersey....I'm going to reserve my final judgment until I see the individual team jerseys. If they've butchered any of the traditional Original Six jerseys, I don't think I'm going to be too thrilled, but I'm willing to wait and see. I also want to wait and see what the players really think.
Uni Watch - It could've been worse. A lot worse. That's Uni Watch's preliminary reaction to the NHL's new Reebok-designed, snug-fitting "uniform system," which will get a test drive in Wednesday night's All-Star Game and then be used league-wide next season.