The Runway: The Alt Couple Hits the NHL
Welcome to The Runway, where we check out the latest in sports jersey "fashion". This week the NHL, which sees several teams open training camp this week, brings two new alternate unis from the Anaheim Ducks and the Colorado Avalanche.
As a kid of the 90's, there's no way I couldn't love the Ducks new alternate, which resurrects the famous "Mighty Ducks" logo that disappeared with the team's rebranding going into the 2006-07 season, their first sans Disney ownership.
For the first few years of the rebrand, the Anaheim franchise went great lengths to distance themselves from the "Mighty" era, eliminating all traces of it from the jersey. However, by popular demand, the logo slowly but surely started to make its way back into circulation. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the logo (known as "Wildwing") resurfaced as a shoulder patch, slightly altered to match the team's new colors. In 2013, to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, the team went full 90s and brought back the Mighty Ducks' infamous eggplant jersey for a single home game.
The one negative I can really say about the jersey was pointed out to me by a friend and fellow hockey fan who claimed the orange look leaves the Ducks too similar looking to the Flyers. However, this is not the first time Anaheim has worn total orange, having gone full Tropicana for their outdoor game with Los Angeles in 2014. Black suits the current edition of the Ducks better, but it's nice to see them switch things up. Overall, it's a delightful combination of old and new, and should look great once it actually hits the ice.
Like Anaheim, it appears Colorado is trying to combine an old and new look, but it's not paying off as well.
C is for Cookie, and it's also for Colorado, as the team ditched it's longtime alternate logo of the "Yeti Foot" and in its place is the C, which will appear full time as a shoulder patch on the team's home and away set. As you can probably see, it's a subtle update on the old uniforms of the Colorado Rockies who had a similar jersey design that was more true to Colorado's state flag. The Avs really plan to run with the C theme this year, as rumor has it they plan to wear a similar design for their upcoming Stadium Series game this season.
You can get on the Avs for representing a history they have nothing to do with (The Rockies eventually moved to New Jersey and became the Devils), but that's nothing new in terms of sports unis today. Frankly, I just find the jersey seemingly incomplete. It's a good effort to evoke a different period in Colorado hockey history, but I'm not feeling it yet. Perhaps the look will appear better on the ice. Time will only tell.
To Geoff Magliocchetti, the Anaheim hockey franchise will always be the Mighty Ducks. Tell him to grow up on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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