Tuesday, 8 January 2008

NHL Uniforms, White at Home?

by Jes

Over at The FanHouse, G.W. muses about how he thinks home teams ought to go back to wearing WHITE uniforms at home, rather than the darker versions they do now.

I know that the League had worn dark uniforms at home in the past, but that doesn't mean it's the right look. In fact, it flies in the face of the most basic tenets of classic drama: The good guys wear white, the villains wear the dark colors. Well, that was until "Return of the Jedi," when Luke's black outfit was outwardly symbolic of his internal conflict between destiny and duty and ... I'll stop


As you'll recall, the NHL decided to buck recent standards and made teams wear their 'road' uniforms at home, and then wear white on the road. This was all designed to sell more darker uniforms, and the GM's don't seem to be in a hurry to switch.

I have to say that I've grown on having the darker uniforms at home, as it gives the team more colour and distinction. Look at the Calgary Flames when they play a home game. Almost the entire crowd seems to be wearing red, and it gives their stadium an unique look. The Canucks have their sea blue and green, while the Oilers have their dark blue look. Each of the Canadian teams has a very distinctive colour scheme which really shows when they are in their home barns.

If every team wears white at home, then each arena and crowd becomes that much more generic, right?

Since every team has a white version of their uniforms, it would make sense, to me, to have them wear that version on the road. The enemy, as Greg would say, can be the generic white-washed unit while the home team is the one with colour and personality.

Let the darker uniforms continue to be used at home. It's one decision that the NHL made right, so why go back on it?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Marc Savard said...

Here is my two cents. As a season ticket holder in Edmonton, I am getting bored of the same color combination every game. It will be a white jersey versus Edmonton's dark blue. That's it.

I used to like it better when Edmonton was wearing white, and the opposite would should up wearing their dark colors. There was an eerie feeling when you saw the Black pittsburgh uniforms, or when the sea of red would come out when the habs hits the ice. Orange for the Flyers, Blue for the leafs, teal for the sharks.

I feel it was a lot more fun seeing a variety of colors than the boring same combinations that you see nowadays.

15 March 2008 at 16:21  
Blogger Jeremy said...

it looks stupid on TV too, especially on the FSN stations

21 June 2008 at 16:10  
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