On the Ice-Walk
The new season is almost upon us and many sides have already released their shirts for the coming season. I look at the best, worst and the faux pas on show at the 2015-16 UK ice hockey season.
There are number of earlier contenders this season for the best jersey. Traditional styling seems to be in fashion with Widnes going for a Boston Bruins look whilst the Altrincham Aces are sticking to traditional with their coloured shoulders.
The winner so far though for me is the Bracknell Hornets. The NIHL S1 side have got it right. Traditional Montreal style hoops across the middle and arms is nothing out the ordinary but where this does standout is the logo placement. Placing the logo higher up the jersey towards the neck line makes it nicely prominent whilst sponsors logo are below. Far too often is the logo not seen on a jersey as sponsors of take the main areas but this finds a balance.
Blackburn Hawks may have been unbeaten last season but their away jersey for the comingÂ seasonÂ should not be winning awards. The black shirt is ok and even the grey strips are not bad but a greyed out logo is rather bland. At least the Hawks fans will not have to look at this every home game though.
Other mention in this category should go to the Dundee Stars. Dundee often have some nice jerseys that are in a modern but with a hint of tradition. This season though the Stars have a new â€˜baseballâ€™ logo. Hockey is not baseball and as with the Panthers in the text logo is just not hockey.
Also getting a mention is the CHL. They have taken the ideal of uniform and stretched it across an entire competition. Part of hockey is its traditions and different styles give a competition another interest. Also the big red logo on the left arm does not go well.
The Manchester Phoenix have had a lot to worry about this closed season. Usually they are guilty of producing some jerseys that have been over complicated and contained far too many elements. This season though they must be given credit for a much simpler design. The sweeps across the side and bottom are not traditional but are sleek and stylish.
There is though time for clubs to change my thinking and who knows perhaps the two new sides Manchester Storm and Hull Pirates can make a mark with a new jersey to set a marker in their first season.