Okay, so I’m way late on this, but better late than never: As most of you know by now, The Hockey News has published a special issue devoted to jerseys, and it’s a doozy. It includes features on uni numbers, white being worn at home vs. on the road, the terms “sweater” vs. “jersey,” the best jerseys, the worst jerseys (that piece was written by Uni Watch reader Jeff Barak), jersey fabrics (did you know the Canadiens were still wearing wool in 1971?!), team-by-team jersey histories, and more. Essential for any Uni Watch reader.
The best part, of course, is the photography. The THN crew had access to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s extensive sweater archives, and they got some great pics that really show the texture of the old designs (there’s a great video about their photo sessions here). I was going to scan my copy, but Larry Bodnovich ended up scanning his copy before I got around to that, so here are a bunch of images, courtesy of Larry:
• This is the oldest sweater in the HoF’s collection — Montreal Wanderers, circa 1908. I love the little championship crest.
• Here’s a good view of the Bruins jersey that this season’s Winter Classic design is based on.
• Nice view of the Maple Leafs’ logo evolution here. I’m sorry to keep harping on this word, but look at that texture! So tactile, so inviting, makes me want to reach out and touch it.
• I especially loved all the great designs from teams I’d rarely (or, in some cases, never) heard of before, including the St. Louis Eagles (1934-35), Atlantic City Seagulls (1930s), Flin Flon Bombers (1968-69), Buffalo Bisons (1932-33), Cleveland Falcons (1936-37), Whitby Dunlops (1958), Victoria Cougars (1923-24), Trail Smoke Eaters (1938-39), and a lot more.
• There are lots of great pics of foreign teams.
• The issue features an excellent article about WHA jerseys. Something I hadn’t known before: When the WHA launched and poached some of the biggest NHL stars, the Hall of Fame was told not to archive any WHA artifacts.
And so on. If you don’t have a copy of this yet, track one down at a newsstand pronto. Can’t find it? You can mail-order a copy here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Need to add uni numbers to your hockey helmet? Look here (with thanks to Alan Kreit). ”¦ Rob Ullman recently had David Frost make him this 1967-68 Penguins jersey. “The best part is the uni numbers — rounded sans serif with a drop shadow,” says Rob. “I chose the number 2 because I thought a low number would look good on an old-timey sweater, but now I’ve learned that diminutive defenseman Leo Boivin wore that number. Alas, the Pens went NNOB in that first season, so only the most knowlegeable of fans will pick up on that. Anyway, Frosty did a great job with it — can’t recommend his services highly enough.” ”¦ Unfortunate undersleeves being worn by this Northwest Missouri State player (as spotted by Brady Graham). ”¦ The city of Philadelphia has a new logo, and at least one design critic doesn’t like it (with thanks to Alain Nana-Sinkam). ”¦ Several readers have noted that Laron Landry appears to have been wearing a wristwatch, or something that looks very much like one, for several weeks now. Here, I’ll say it for you: Reggie Roby. Now that that’s out of the way, ”¦ Oooh, here’s a really nice piece tracking the evolution of the FC Barcelona crest (with thanks to Joshua Gardner). ”¦ David Ward notes that the International Bowl is featuring the Bulls vs. the Huskies for the second straight year — only last time is was UCOnn vs. Buffalo, while this time it’s Northern Illinois vs. USF. Weird. ”¦ Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Great photo gallery of World Cup soccer balls, past and present, here. Oooh, which reminds me, I have an item on that topic over on the Page 2 blog this morning — look here. ”¦ New football uniforms on tap next year for Indiana — yeesh, let’s hope that collar doesn’t catch on with other schools. … And speaking of Indiana, they’re now offering what’s believed to be the nation’s first masters program in sports journalism. So if you want to go into hock just so you can cover junior high track meets for The Bozeman Daily Chronicle and then get laid off because it was either you or “Hi and Lois,” now you know where to enroll. ”¦ Adidas is incorporating its Techfit undergarment technology into its World Cup uniforms (with thanks to Joseph Gaudreau). ”¦ Lots of pics of the Raptors in their Huskies throwbacks here. ”¦ New Nike Kobe Sis-Boom-Bah-Whatever sneakers, but be careful — they’re NSFW. … Slideshow of college logos that have moved away from Native American motifs here (with thanks to Joshua Paster).