Icethetics re-tweeted this today from the Minnesota Wild's equipment manager.That's right, when the season starts in October, all NHL players will be wearing their number on both the back and FRONT of their helmets! Who approved this?!?! Apparently when Reebok proposed that it be standard for all players to wear their number on the front of their pants it was unanimously voted down. Now all of a sudden, the player's number will appear on the front of the helmet? How is this going to help anyone? Did anyone have any trouble recognizing the players, or at least their numbers before this? Now we're getting into "cluttering the uniform" territory. To me, this may be the worst move in NHL uniform history since the 1996 3rd jerseys! Also, why are they waiting until the season starts? Why didn't this start at rookie tournaments? My thought is that the NHL knows there will be a backlash and is holding off on this until the last possible second. These helmet numbers may be around for the 2011-12 season, but lets hope that people like us cause enough noise that the numbers disappear by the 2012-13 campaign. Am I off base here? What do you guys think?
Actually, I was just looking at the Wild's equipment manager's (Tony Da Costa) Twitter account and he posts some pretty cool "behind the scenes" pics. You can follow him on Twitter, @Styleswild.
I also want to remind those of you that are playing in the Fantasy League this year, that you need to email me your team name, what email address you want me to contact you with, and if you are available for the live draft this Saturday @ 8:30pm EST. If you're not available, please let me know when a good time for you would be. Keep in mind that the draft needs to happen this weekend.
Committee members, don't forget to vote for COTW and the Ice Caps ReDesign, if you haven't already.
Toronto Maple Leafs wordmark (by Cody)
Los Angeles Kings concept (by Evan L.)
Anaheim Ducks concepts (by Tyler C.)I would have liked this concept better if the gold was kept on the arms of the black jersey. I also think the numbers are better the way the Ducks have them now as opposed to this. The white jersey is cool except as I said above, it could use the current Ducks' numbering style. I think most people would like the white jersey if it did.
Dallas Stars concept (by WinnipegJets96)This looks to be based on the North Stars' jerseys of the late 1960's. To really make it Dallas Stars (instead of North Stars) I think using the "state of Texas" shoulder patch would be good.
Lev Poprad concept (by Jose)This is the KHL's newest team, as this is their first year in the league. In my opinion, it looks like Jose has "completed" the jersey. HERE and HERE is what the team's actual jerseys look like.
Ak Bars Kazan concept (by Jose)I think I prefer Ak Bars' current sweaters to this one. This concept just looks a little too "Christmasy" to me. Maybe if the green was more like what the teams actually uses, I'd like the concept better.
Winnipeg Jets concepts (by Kris)Next year I'm thinking we will probably get a 3rd jersey from the Jets. I would have to say that there are probably some designs being thrown around the team's office right now. Kris offers up these as some options. My favourite is the grey jersey at the bottom!
Winnipeg Jets concepts (by Stéphane)Stéphane has altered the logo and simplified the colour scheme. He has also changed the font on the numbers to fit Winnipeg's military theme. I like the colour change, but I think the logo may be a bit too detailed. I know others will like it and that's cool because it is good. I just think a great logo is one that looks professional (don't get me wrong, this logo looks professional) and is easy for a child to doodle.