[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Jared Buccola — that’s him at right. Back in June he previewed the uniforms for the Premier Lacrosse League. Today he’s back with a look at the National Lacrosse League, whose season starts tomorrow. Enjoy!— PL]
By Jared Buccola
The National Lacrosse League (NLL), which was founded in 1986, is a professional box lacrosse league consisting of 15 teams across the United States and Canada. Unlike the Premier Lacrosse League, the NLL follows the more traditional city-based model, with home and away games throughout the schedule. In addition box lacrosse is a completely different sport than field lacrosse, which is what you would see in the PLL and NCAA. Box lacrosse is like hockey — six vs. six (including a goalie), in a turf covered, enclosed rink. Box lacrosse is known for up and down action, close quarters, and heavy contact!
In terms of uniform design, box lacrosse jerseys will look familiar to hockey fans. In addition, a unique NLL trend is what I call an “all over design” on the helmets. Buffalo, Halifax, and New York provide good examples of this.
The following team-by-team breakdown does not include special holiday uniforms, like for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, but is otherwise pretty thorough. Ready? Here we go.
The Firewolves have three monotone uniforms — black (shown above), maroon, and white. The maroon and black sets share the same template, with thin piping on the shoulder yoke and down the sides, and chevron stripes on the shorts and arms. The white set differs, as it has maroon side panels and shoulder yoke, and more traditional gold/maroon/gold arm stripes. The maroon and black sets use the Firewolf logo, while the white set uses the team’s logo and wordmark crest.
A unique diagonal pattern sets the Bandits apart from the rest of the league. The home uniforms (shown above) are split between orange and black, with a white diagonal stripe pattern across the chest highlighting the team’s wordmark. Their away uniforms use a different layout, highlighted by an orange shoulder yoke and diagonal stripes across the bottom half of the jersey. Both jerseys use an alliteration-inspired wordmark, with a bandana and cowboy hat-topped “S.”
Calgary keeps it simple with a black/white/grey color scheme. Their home black (shown above) and away white have a solid-colored jersey, with large grey arm stripes, trimmed in black and white. A fun detail is the rivets on the back numbers. Their alternate grey uniforms have a black horizontal stripe that encases the wordmark, while the home and aways use the wordmark/logo crest.
Nothing says Colorado like prehistoric creatures and the Rocky Mountains! Their home uniforms (shown above) are maroon with a black yoke and side panel, while the shorts are black, all separated by white mountain graphics. The aways use the same recognizable layout, with maroon-accented Rocky Mountains on a white jersey. Both uniforms use the same stylized “M” logo that morphs into Mammoth tusks.
Georgia lands on the plain side of the design realm. They wear solid blue jerseys over blue pants with yellow, blocky horizontal stripes (shown above). The only thing that differs for the road white jerseys is the addition of a blue side panel. A winged stinger crest and “Georgia” wordmark are used on both jerseys.
The Thunderbirds’ home uniforms (shown above) are mono-purple with white/orange/white stripes on the sleeves and a unique feather stripe on the side of the shorts. The home design also uses a Thunderbird-head logo, while the away uniforms take a page from the New York Rangers book, with a diagonal wordmark extending down across the chest.
Las Vegas Desert Dogs
mono-black uniform (shown above) with white trim. The road uniform will probably be the inverse of this design. The logo consists of an outline of a dog, with crossed lacrosse sticks behind it and “LV” initials on its forehead. When you consider the bright colors of Vegas, it’s kind of a letdown for this team to go with black and white. This hat with a colored logo was posted on their Instagram, but none of those colors seem to be used in the uniform design.
New York Riptide
With a similar color scheme to their Island-dwelling neighborhood fisherman neighbors, the Riptide have a mono-blue home uniform (shown above), accented by teal/blue/orange stripes, and some wave-like accents. The away uniforms are bright white with the same stripes and wave accents as the home set. Both sets use a circular wave crest with the Riptide wordmark.
Panther City Lacrosse Club
San Diego Seals
mono-purple Seals uniform (shown above). Unlike most NLL teams, the Seals do not have a white jersey, opting instead for a grey away uniform. They also have a black uniform, but let’s pretend we didn’t see that one. They do get extra points for the three-pronged crown design on the helmet. Both the home and away uniforms use a crowned seal’s face on a shield, while the alternate black sports a zoomed-in, outlined version of just the seal’s face.
mono-black uniform (shown above) has thin green trim but not a lot of other contrast. They’re another team that doesn’t have a white uni, as their away uniforms are mono-green. Both jerseys use a script “R” logo as their crest.
Toronto’s home uniforms (shown above) are blue and red, separated by a wavy, stylized maple leaf design. The away uniform uses the same layout, with white over blue, separated by the same wavy design. Both jerseys feature “Toronto Rock Lacrosse” lettering on the chest, stacked over a maple leaf.
The Warriors double up on monotone designs. The home black uniforms have grey and gold stripes on the arms and shorts. Pretty much a mirror image for the away white uniforms, with black and gold stripes on the arms and shorts. Both jerseys use the same crest, a layered “V” and “W” inside a shield.
That’s it. Enjoy the NLL season!