Before the first round was complete, it was time to leave, as hunger and annoyance was starting to set in (How freaking long can one round take?) On the way out, I decided to stop and check out the new Blue Jackets jerseys. They even let me try one on.
It makes me look like I have no hair. What is this? Oh, wait…
Know what part I didn’t care for? No, that’s not a shirt underneath…
That’s part of the jersey. (I am wearing a dark shirt, so look for the line above the NHL logo for the cutoff point).Â I don’t really care for it, but it didn’t touch the throat as I thought it would. I was expecting a choking effect, but was happy to find otherwise. I’m not sure how that’s going to look with the Bruins jersey with the lace up on the front. But I do approve the design of their jerseys.
I do a little dance on the catwalk…
The shape isn’t as bad as I expected, but owning one would motivate me more to work on losing the beer gut. It certainly isn’t the traditional jersey cut, and I love the cut of the old jerseys. It’s part of why I own so many. I suspect those audience members who like the covering or blanket-like effect of the current jerseys will not be to thrilled with these. Notice how high the fight strap is (bottom of the numbers). On a taller player with shoulder pads, that thing is going to be up way there. I didn’t check out how long the strap is, but I assume Zdeno Chara is going to need one three feet long.
The new material is a winner in my book. It was soft (still not as soft as the Lutch Russian jerseys I have), felt durable, and didn’t seem as prone to snags as the Air-Knit of current jerseys. A snag can ruin a good jersey, especially a game worn (you just can’t stop thinking about it). I can’t talk about the moisture resistance part, as I did not have a cup of water handy.
I did have a source, who shall remain anonymous (unless he wishes otherwise) that told me the replica jerseys (which will not be called replica), will have a printed patch, not a stitched patch. They are still, make a funny noise, and look like garbage. I am guessing that this is to get people to but the authentic jerseys. I also expect the reason will be the cost associated with making real patches at the price point of the new jerseys. Not exactly a crowd pleaser.
But I’m just a fan. I’m not the guy in pads trying to play in the thing. I would imagine that the thing would look better with shoulder pads on, but not so much with large elbow pads on. Look at the All Star Game to see what I mean. Most of the players looked like Robocop.
I took a lot of pictures of the new RBK EDGE system of pads, and will share them soon. For now, my jerseys review stands at a middle of the road 3 out of a possible 5 fight straps. Not a major for cross checking, but not an overtime game winning goal either.