Dancing in the Reign: Possible New Uniforms Spotted? I Say 100% Legitimate, Here’s Why
Apparently a couple of Kings fans had access to Luc Robitaille‘s office quite recently and spotted something odd. “Holy shi*! White alternates!” Did prototypes of redesigned Kings uniforms just get leaked? What does this mean? Now, some have mentioned that it may be an option for our new alternate. There is growth in lobbying for the NHL to go back to whites at home. Thus, the Kings would need a white alternate. There has been no indication from the NHL that this is going to happen anytime soon. Throw that option out the window.
There’s also talk about local teams using the design shown. This is very possible, I don’t refute that. However, there are two designs shown. Notice, one jersey has Silver-Black-Silver elbow striping while one has Black-Silver-Black elbow striping. What is the greater possibility here? Two styles of a jersey used in local amateur leagues, or two prototypes for a future Kings uniform? Since the differences in the two uniforms are so very subtle, I’m calling Kings. They don’t just slap a couple of stripes on these things and throw them in the lockers. Those are in Luc Robitaille‘s office to be evaluated, and possibly even voted on. I’m calling legitimate, and I’ve seen it coming since 2009.
The introduction of the current Alternate was just as much of a test-market strategy as it was to simply provide the Kings with a new look. Sure, management knew what they were doing when introducing a trendy design with classic roots. How could they go wrong with a fresh look in the silver and black from the Gretzky era? And to have to eliminate only one color made it an even easier option, no need for a complete overhaul. For the most part, fans have loved it. The Alternate has taken a solid chunk out of the classic home and roads being worn by fans. The playoffs were targeted to market the new look, using “Back in Black” as the slogan to promote. The new look has been accepted by fans, and management knows it. The writing is on the wall for a uniform revamp, and it’s not in purple.