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by Paul on 01/22/07 at 04:23 PM ET
added 3:13pm, History of hockey equipment (pdf file)
...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. Uni Watch emphasizes the “preliminary” qualifier there, because for now the NHL is only revealing the All-Star Game version of the new uni. It remains to be seen how the 30 NHL teams will fit their logos and other graphics into the new silhouette. We won’t see those designs (several of which aren’t even finalized yet) until this spring or summer.
That’s right—after all the buildup, all the fanfare, the league isn’t showing us what everyone really wants to see. Frustrating? Definitely.
read on... NHL players will be wearing their All-Star jerseys beginning tonight in an open practice session in Dallas…
Players react to new design…
“The Rbk Edge jersey feels great ... excellent mobility. I had no problem getting used to the new jersey during practice, nor have my teammates, and it’s much lighter than what we’re wearing now. We won’t be as drenched and heavy in the third period. The socks are much lighter as well. No worries moving forward.”
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton
“I always thought what we were wearing was good enough, but the RBK Edge Uniform is the real deal. I heard all of these great things about it and I know we have been testing it for a long time, but you can’t believe it until you’ve tried it in practice. It is so much lighter than what we have today ... the air seems to flow right through you and it takes in almost no moisture. It definitely makes me feel faster. It’s unbelievable.”
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier
“I love the new Rbk EDGE jersey ... I love the new socks. It’s a very comfortable uniform, much lighter than what we’re used to. It will help me and everyone in the League perform to our maximum capability, particularly late in a game when we can sometimes get a little slower and heavier. This is a real step forward and it will be great for the League and our game. I wish I had it earlier in my career and if I could wear it as early as this week, I would.”
Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Drury
“The Rbk jersey is just a very comfortable jersey, much lighter throughout. As a goaltender, it fits just right. That’s the biggest thing ... it isn’t too tight. It’s also so much more water-resistant compared to what we wear today. Everything about it is better.”
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo
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