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TORONTO (April 4, 2011) - The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced new five-year apparel agreements, highlighted by the continuation of its partnership with Reebok, a long-standing NHLPA licensee. In addition, the NHLPA is expanding its roster of apparel licensees to include Old Time Hockey, Knights Apparel, and Elmau & Associates.
from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
Following the career paths of those named to the world juniors pales to following those who get cut….
Back in the mid-90s Dan Cleary was a heckuva talent at 15 and 16, and if somebody told me that he’d never play at the under-20s I would have wagered significant body parts against it. But Cleary was cut three times. My memory of him walking through the lobby after one of the cuts and it looked like he didn’t want anything to do with the game anymore. Yeah, top prospects have to become resilient to make it as pros but that’s stuff down the line….
I remember Mike Comrie and Matt Zultek tearing it up in the last exhibition game on the eve of the cut and yet they still got the early wake-up call. “Sour” doesn’t start to describe their reaction. Comrie has gone on to a pretty decent NHL career, although not one distinguished by team success and not one endorsed by the love of his team-mates….
CANTON, MA – Reebok announced that for the first time, Reebok’s Stanley Cup Championship locker room Tees worn by the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions immediately following their win on the ice will be made using eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton fabric.
I am getting emails and hits from search engines looking for the Winter Classic jerseys so I thought this would help you out.
If you are looking for a jersey with a name on the back, IceJerseys.com does a great job. I have personally seen their work with these jerseys and you will be getting the authentic lettering, meaning stitched on or as they refer to it, Pro Customization.
Shop.NHL.com also is selling the Winter Classic jerseys.
from the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.
“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”...
The newest jerseys have the same necklines, are cut the same way and offer few visual clues to the changes in materials used. But the adjustments are enough to prompt some praise.
“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”
Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald was the originator of some controversy yesterday when he noted:
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.
This morning, Harris reports differently:
NHL senior vice president for communications Bernadette Mansur called about what she said were inaccuracies in a note here yesterday about the troublesome new Reebok jerseys.
Mansur said there will not be an across-the-board, leaguewide replacement of the shirts, which many players say tend to hold sweat inside, leading to drenched gloves. She said there are many players who have no problem with the new apparel, while those who want the replacements will get them.
Further, she said, the new shirts will not be made from the same material as in years past. They will have a new-performance fabric on their front half, with the back unchanged.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Is Reebok in the process of replacing all NHL jerseys at company expense with new uniforms made of the old materials, as reported on a Boston Herald blog Thursday.
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.”
I have noticed a few players have cut the inseam of their hockey pants and a few others have altered their socks too.
I thought I read a few months ago that the NHL would not allow these types of alterations… Maybe I am wrong, maybe the NHL just hasn’t caught it, or maybe they will let it go.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
To correct that problem Reebok says it has developed a treatment that permits sweat to escape through the fibers, yet still manages to stay reasonably dry.
This new sweater is being shipped to teams around the league, with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Reebok’s spokesman Sidney Crosby likely to debut the modifications as early as Friday.
from Uni Watch at ESPN,
All of which shows that changing an entire league’s uniforms en masse, as the NHL and Reebok have done this season, is a tricky proposition. There’s no precedent for it among the major team sports—the closest parallel is the sea change in baseball triggered in 1970 by the Pirates, who switched from button-up vests, belted pants, and flannel fabric to a pullovers, elastic waistbands, and double-knit polyester. Within three years, all 24 MLB teams had gone to polyester, 14 had switched from button fronts to pullovers, and 16 had switched from belts to waistbands.
But that gradual transition happened incrementally, whereas the NHL changes—which involve graphics and aesthetics as much as new fabrics and tailoring considerations—are being thrust upon us all at once. With the regular season slated to begin this weekend, every single team has new uniforms, although some of the changes are more modest than others.
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