The Carolina Hurricanes unveiled new home and road uniforms Tuesday during a press conference at PNC Arena.
Though the team's primary logo and colors remain the same, it marks the first time in the Hurricanes' 15-year history they have made a head-to-toe change, including alterations to their jerseys, pants and socks.
According to Doug Warf, Carolina's vice president of marketing, several hundred uniform renderings were created and refined during a two-year period to create two distinct uniform sets designed to be classic and timeless.
"A few years ago, Doug approached me and we discussed that after 15 years, it would be a good time to change the uniform … making it more traditional and cleaning it up, and that's what they did," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Doug Warf’s staff, including Ben Aycock, Andrew Roman and Lauren Baxter, devoted a lot of time and energy to this process, taking input from our hockey department to create uniforms that our players love, and our fans will hopefully enjoy as well."
The Hurricanes also said the team's black jerseys will remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Here are the changes fans can expect beginning with the 2013-14 season:
To both sweaters -- There is a smaller, lighter crest on both sweaters. The logo outline was changed from metallic to matte silver finish. The warning flag pattern was moved from the base of the sweater to inside the neckline. Lettering and numbering changed to a clean, round, sans-serif-based font. The shoulder patches were removed from both sweaters.
To the red sweater -- A cleaner look was established, highlighting the team’s dominant color. All striping is white, with black being used in the neckline and to outline letters and numbers. Bold white stripes highlight the arms and base for a classic look. White lacing is used on the black collar.
To the white sweater -- A red shoulder yoke was established, which extends on the back to include the nameplate. The feature is unique in the NHL. Numbers and letters were changed from red with a black outline to black with a silver outline. Bold striping to establish a classic look.
To the pants and gloves -- The Hurricanes logo and bottom black band were removed from the pants. All glove sets are predominantly red with small white highlights. Black and silver has been removed.
"Everything looks a lot cleaner and sharper," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "They are comfortable to wear. I had to do a runway walk in front of the fellows, so that was enjoyable. The jersey still keeps some similarities to other jersey too, so that was great. I'm looking forward to wearing it in the fall."
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