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San Jose Sharks new jerseys miss the mark
By Ryan Haslett
HometownHockey.ca

San Jose Sharks new jerseys miss the mark
On Tuesday the San Jose Sharks revealed new home and road sweaters. Captain Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, Dan Boyle, and Brad Stuart were the models for the team. The Sharks revealed teaser images via their Instagram account on Monday which build some anticipation for the reveal today. Accompanying the jersey reveal was a micro-site complete with plenty of photos and video.
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Toronto - August 20, 2013 - On Tuesday the San Jose Sharks revealed new home and road sweaters. Captain Joe Thornton, Brent Burns, Dan Boyle, and Brad Stuart were the models for the team. The Sharks revealed teaser images via their Instagram account on Monday which build some anticipation for the reveal today. Accompanying the jersey reveal was a micro-site complete with plenty of photos and video.

The new sweaters are exact opposites of each other. They maintain the same colour scheme from the team’s previous sweaters. The home one will be predominantly teal, the road will be white (of course) and the black alternate from the previous five seasons will remain in the team’s rotation.

The sweaters most notably do not feature hem stripes, rather only stripes on the arms. The arms stripes are very similar to the previous Sharks sweaters except with one less orange trim stripe. Collar laces will now be used on all three uniforms instead of only the alternate. Some items that did not change from the previous sweaters are the logos, the numbers on the front of the uniform, the pants, and the fonts used for names and numbers. Although the numbers no longer feature orange trim.

To me it seems as if these sweaters should have come before the previous version. No hem stripes on sweaters was something Reebok tried, without success in my opinion, back in 2007. At the time it was intended for all teams to have their sweaters tucked into their pants. When it came down to it, the mandatory jersey tucking didn’t happen. Regardless, the Sharks have now removed them for the 2013-14 season.

The stripes that do remain on the jerseys are awkward to me. Why is there only one orange stripe? How does this balance or make any sense? It seems as if only one was used because two stripes would be expected. Another element that does not make sense to me is the teal collar on the teal jersey. Seems again, like a black collar is expected so, just make it teal.

I do like how clean the sweaters look. They have simplified the numbers which now only use two colours instead of three. The unfortunate lack of hem stripes contributes to this uniform’s cleanliness, but that could have been achieved with the stripes too. The lack of shoulder yokes benefits the teal home sweater the most. The Sharks “own” that colour and this clean look really gives them a chance to showcase it.

The absence of hem stripes really affects the score I give this uniform. The resulting cleanliness is not enough to bring the score back up to a respectable level.

My rating: 6/10

Follow Me on TwitterRyan Haslett has written his own blog since 2009 (HockeyJerseyConcepts.com). His love of hockey jerseys will enable him to provide unique reviews and thoughts on new sweaters being released throughout the hockey world. If you have questions or wish to contact Ryan, you can email him at rhaslett@ourhometown.ca







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