Dancing in the Reign: Final Days Of The Scripted Hem?
Word has it the Los Angeles Kings will be donning a new set of uniforms next season; home, away, and alternate. The most credible source comes from Icethetics’ 2011 NHL JerseyWatch, as they provide further credibility to the leaked photo of possible prototypes in Luc Robitaille‘s office. If you’ve yet to see the snapshot, I foreshadowed the changes that are now starting to circumvent in early October here. I think it’s pretty safe to say what the new set will look like. Unfortunately, it downplays a lot of the excitement and anticipation that usually graces a team changing their image.
The simple fact that the Kings have plans to introduce a new alternate jersey paints a pretty vivid picture of what the team will be introducing this summer. As for their current alternate uniform? You’d be crazy to think they’re scrapping that design. It’s been far too popular with the fanbase, it was the jersey of choice for home playoff games, and combines the colors of the successful ‘Gretzky’ era from the late 80′s, early 90′s. Implement that with a catchy, modern design and you have a winner. Since it was introduced in November of 2008, it was only a matter of time until the design was materialized for primary use. That said, I’m confident that the current alternate will be the new home sweater. As for threads on the road? Expect a similar, possibly mirrored design in white. Now, there could be a slight change. I wouldn’t rule out the crown, which is now the crest, as a shoulder patch without the purple.
I believe we’ve seen our new alternates already, the latest showing coming Thursday night. They’re just simply too awesome, maybe some of the nicest in the league. These will be worn only twice for the remainder of the season, and will most likely make a 15 game appearance next season as the primary alternate. When you can pull off purple helmets, pants, and gloves, you better ride it, because it’s not easy to do. Not only is the organization keeping purple in the wardrobe, but they’re paying homage to their roots in stellar fashion. The Kings’ sure are revamping nicely, bringing back two vintage color sets with modern designs.
One more thing you can expect is the death of the scripted hem. I’ve always been a fan of this, it added a unique aspect to our uniforms; the Kings have been the only NHL team to ever instill such a design to their jerseys. Since the 1998-1999 season, the bottom hemline of our uniforms have included the ‘Los Angeles’ word-mark. Some may say it’s tacky, but it carried a sense of pride. So hold off on purchasing the soon to be defunct home and away uniforms, snag a few on sale in April. Well, if the team shop is still selling Raitis Ivanans, Erik Ersberg, and Marc-André Cliche uniforms at full price, maybe you shouldn’t count on a liquidation. While I’m on the topic, there’s a Jeff Halpern jersey shirt hidden in the depths of the Team LA store, and at full price. Avoid ‘Black Friday’ riots at will.