“I like them,” said senior forward Jeff Collett. “They are a little old school which is what the guys like about them. They look sharp.”
The new home whites, which feature black shoulders and black, gold and white sleeves with gold numbers were worn by the players for the first time Thursday while the team was recording its scoreboard video interviews at World Arena. Some of the Tigers attempts at spelling Gustav Olofsson and Alexander Krushelnyski for the video did not merit praise even if the new sweater did.
“I’m pumped up to get a new jersey and the guys are happy,” said sophomore center Cody Bradley. “It’s like getting a new stick or new skates.”
The new white jerseys are tentatively scheduled to debut with the team for the Oct. 5 exhibition game against New Brunswick. The jersey has larger, more distinct numbers on the back than the previous home jersey which had a black bar going through the middle, obscuring the numbers.
“They had served their purpose,” senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott said of the worn-out jerseys. “It was time.”
The new jerseys also have the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference shield logo on the right shoulder. That logo is also under the ice behind each net at World Arena, where workers were installing the dasher board advertising.
“It’s like a new beginning with a new look,” said sophomore wing Hunter Fejes.
The new road black jerseys are scheduled to arrive soon. Last season’s gold alternate jerseys will also be worn this year.