Today the Ottawa Senators unveiled new jerseys for their Heritage Classic matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, which goes down March 2 at B.C. Place.
Today the Ottawa Senators unveiled new jerseys for their Heritage Classic matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, which goes down March 2 at B.C. Place in Vancouver. And the new duds appear to be the best thing the Sens have done in 2013-14,
for what that’s worth. The matchup pays tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup final between the Sens and Vancouver Millionaires and the Canucks will reprise the tribute jerseys they
debuted last year. The Sens, meanwhile, will wear white/cream-based jerseys that feature the common stripe motif and an ‘O’ as the main crest, which reflects the team logo prior to 1934:
The chest also features the Vancouver Heritage Classic logo and the shoulder patch is borrowed from the
existing third jersey, which is essentially a black version of the new jersey. Critics will dock major points from the new sweater for being so similar to the existing alternate. And while that’s true, it doesn’t make the new version any less appealing in my opinion. If it looks good, it looks good. It’s class, and a throwback to Ottawa’s vintage
barber-pole look. A white helmet makes sense for Ottawa as the road team, but how cool would black ones look with this getup? THN managing editor Edward Fraser came up with a
jersey grading system, using the Chicago Blackhawks as a 10 and the New York Islanders’ thirds as a 1 (though the 1 seems generous). I’ll buy into it and give the Sens a rock-solid 8.5, with half a point subtracted for borrowing from their other alternates, which is a little lazy. Also worth discussing: what’s with the Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza’s come-hither faces in these promotional photos? I’m surprised they’re wearing anything from the waist down.
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