San Jose, CA– Earlier today the San Jose Sharks organization revealed the latest sweaters for the 2013-2014 NHL season.
The difference that the fans will see are the home teal and the road whites. On both sweaters the piping at the bottom has been removed to give them a cleaner look. In addition, the shoulder yokes were eliminated to give the sweaters a lighter feel and on the sleeves, the bottom orange piping was taken off, leaving it with just a single orange stripe. Finally the accent orange from the letters and number were no more, thus giving the sweaters the 1990’s classic look. The newest addition the home and away sweaters is the neck lining and laces.
The new home and away sweaters will compliment their alternate jersey due to the much cleaner and less busier look. In this years playoffs, the players opted to play in their black armor sweaters because it was much lighter. The Sharks were a perfect 7-0 during their postseason run and had a 5-1-2 record in the regular when donning their third jersey.
The new sweaters were a collected effort and input by both the players and training staff. The new sweaters use the Reebok “Play-Dry Stretch Fabric” system. Not long after the sweaters were revealed, Sharks forward Brent Burns tweeted: “fun getting to see the new jerseys! They felt great and looked awesome up close.”
Sharks COO John Tortora had this to say regarding the new sweaters: “We felt by taking away some of the piping along the bottom of the jersey, and also along the shoulders, made the jersey a lot lighter. Therefore, the players could move more quickly and easily on the ice, and that was the main emphasis.”
“The jersey was designed mainly with performance in mind,” Doug Wilson said in a video posted on the team’s website. “Remove extra weighting, the lettering, and make it as efficient as our third jersey, the black jersey.”
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