The Iconic Jersey

NEXT HOME GAME: The Go Goodwins Manchester Storm face the Nottingham Panthers at the Storm Shelter this Sunday (5:00pm face-off) in the first of three themed “retro nights”. Tickets can be purchased online via the website, calling the box office on tel: 0161-926-8782 or on the day at the box office.

Without a doubt the most popular jersey in the original Storm’s history, is the one that this seasons retro jerseys are based upon, the black Adidas away shirt which are most fondly remembered by Storm fans for being worn when the club won the B & H Autumn Cup. Storm steward Richard Evans takes a look back at what made this jersey so iconic, and what makes it considered to be the best jersey design to have ever graced British ice hockey.

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The black Adidas away shirt’s, known as “The Mask” jersey, made their first appearance in the 1998/1999 season as the clubs away jersey, back in an era when a clubs dark uniform was the away strip & the clubs lighter coloured jersey being the home strip. What made this jersey different was its ultra large design of the clubs logo. It has been said by more than one club that there was a element of fear when the Storm wore these jersey. If this is true or not is up for debate, but it is was without a doubt worn during the clubs most successful period, becoming so popular with fans that in a vast majority of games held in the Manchester Arena it would take preference over the Storms white jersey.

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The 1998/1999 Sekonda Ice Hockey SuperLeague season was won by the Storm with two games to spare, which meant the SuperLeague banner, that now hangs in the Altrincham Silver Blades Ice Rink, was raised before the home game against Sheffield Steelers and the SuperLeague trophy awarded after the game which Storm won 6-1, all while wearing “ The Mask”. Just as a note, prior to the raising of the banner, Jon Hammond gave a spine tingling rundown of the Storms stats from the season:

  1. Storm had scored more goals than any other team.
  2. Storm had conceded less goals than any other team.
  3. Storm had won more games than any other team.
  4. Storm had lost fewer games than any other team.
  5. Storm had the best Penalty Killing record.
  6. Storm had the best Power Play scoring record.
  7. Storm had the leagues best net minder.
  8. Storm had the biggest and best support – avg. of 12,000 a game.

Whether it was because of the Storms success on the ice, the fear factor, or the unrivalled popularity of the jersey, the Storm decided to retain the jersey for the following season.

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On December 4th 1999 The Storm played London Knights in what is widely recognised as the best hockey finals ever played. At a sold out Sheffield Arena, the Storm & the Knights played out a 3-3 draw over 60 minutes regulation time – with the Knights getting the equalising goal at 59:14. There was nothing between the two teams in overtime, so it all came down to a penalty shootout. Storms captain, Jeff Tomlinson, won the toss and decided to go second.

  • Knights 1. Jeff Hoad saved by Frankie P.
  • Storm 1. Jeff Tomlinson saved by Knights n/m
  • Knights 2. Mark Bultje saved by Frankie P.
  • Storm 2. Rick Brebant scored game score 4-3 Storm.
  • Knights 3. John Byce saved by Frankie P.
  • Storm 3. Norm Krumpschmid saved by Knights n/m.
  • Knights 4. Claudio Scremin saved by Frankie P.
  • Storm 4. Sami Wahlsten saved by Knights n/m.
  • Knights 5. Burke saved by Frankie P who was then buried under his team mates in celebrations.

Once again, “The Mask” had again brought success with to the Storm, winning the Benson & Hedges Autumn Cup, the precursor to the current EIHL Challenge Cup.

You can see your  Go Goodwins Coaches sponsored Manchester Storm in the special Retro Jerseys for the upcoming “Retro Nights” against the Nottingham Panthers (20th Dec), Fife Flyers (27th Dec), and the Sheffield Steelers on New Years Day. There are also a limited quantity of replicas available from the Storm Shop this Sunday at 4pm! #WeAreStorm #StormGoRetro #TurnBackTheClock

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