The San Jose Sharks will have new uniforms for the upcoming 2013-14 season, and here's to hoping the "new" look will change the team's postseason fortunes to finally result in a Stanley Cup for the better half of California.
While the changes are minimal, there are some differences to note:
- The Sharks are going to the "drawstring", old-time hockey neck with the new uniforms. Gone is the previous V-neck, and in is the strings that players can tighten manually for individualized comfort;
- The color bands on the sleeves will have one less stripe of orange, emphasizing the team's other primary shades: black, white and teal;
- The mid-waist, horizontal band across the stomach has been removed, which seems to create a "wider" look, contrary to standard fashion concepts.
A recent "analysis" from ESPN.com of all National Hockey League uniforms placed these new-design threads 19th out of 30 teams in the league:
"The Sharks would have ranked higher, but their new home and road jerseys, unveiled just days ago, look like practice jerseys. Where's the hemline striping? Where's the shoulder yoke? Why cut back on the orange trim? Why not get rid of those front jersey numbers already? They still have a strong chest logo, but now it's like a star player with no supporting cast."
Evidently, San Jose dropped five spots in the rankings from the previous analysis.
Perhaps there's not much to be said of a hockey-related analysis that uses the word "hemline", but the Sharks uniforms aren't as cool as they could be. The black-and-teal combo is getting a little worn, in truth, and even though San Jose just re-designed the jerseys, there are some positive changes they could make the next time around:
- Lose the white jerseys all together. Everyone loves the black ones, so make those the permanent home look, because it's awesome. White lettering on the black base looks very good on San Jose ice;
- Instead of losing the orange, actually make it the team's second primary color after black (i.e., lose the teal). In the past, the Sharks sold "practice" jerseys that were all orange or all yellow, but making the orange color the primary one opposite the black adds some spice (no pun intended) to the team's overall scheme. Using black lettering on the orange base would be quite the visual for those road game in Chicago, Detroit and Toronto;
- And as the ESPN.com piece notes, get rid of the numbers on the front. They just look funny.
Either way, they're just jerseys, and the bottom line is the Sharks need to play better in the postseason in order to end their Stanley Cup quest on a high note for the first time ever.
But why not look better in the process?