Interesting move yesterday by the Canucks, who announced that they’d be wearing matte-finish helmets with their popular “skate” throwbacks last night. Here are some additional photos of how that looked:
And here’s a comparison with the standard glossy helmet:
What do you think? I really like the matte version!
The Canucks are the second NHL team in the past three weeks to dabble with non-glossy headgear. On Oct. 30, the Coyotes began wearing a matte helmet with their alternate “Arizona” uniform:
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Obviously, two teams don’t constitute a full-blown trend, but they might be foreshadowing one, especially since the matte phenomenon spread fairly quickly once it was introduced in baseball and football. It’s not hard to imagine a similar round of bandwagon-hopping taking place in the NHL.
If that happens, would it be a good thing? I think it might be! Hockey helmets aren’t particularly attractive but they have lots of ridges and edges that cause glints and reflections. I say we’d be better off if these helmets didn’t call as much attention to themselves, so cutting down on the glossy factor might be a net positive.
Whatever you think of the matte finish, we can say this much: Hockey helmets don’t have a retail merch presence, so this move is strictly about aesthetics, not about the tail wagging the dog. Good!