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Rangers' Winter Classic jerseys draw rave reviews

by Dave Lozo

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist, known more in some circles for his fashion sense than for his ability to stop pucks, offered his assessment on the jerseys the New York Rangers will wear at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

"I'm excited to see it on the ice with full equipment and not jeans," Lundqvist said Monday after the team unveiled the jerseys at Wollman Rink in Central Park. "I think it's going to look really good out there. They did a good job designing it."

The jerseys donned by Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi on Monday pay homage to the team's long history.

An Original Six franchise founded in 1926, the logo on the chest of the cream-colored jersey is less square than the current one and more rounded at the bottom. The sleeves feature a pair of blue stripes surrounding a thicker red stripe. The Winter Classic patch can be found on the right shoulder of the jerseys that's also dark blue. The red and blue stripes at the base of the jersey complete the classic look that will be on display at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia when the Rangers face the Flyers.

The New York Rangers unveiled their jerseys for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Monday at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
Dubinsky described the jersey as "classy," while Callahan also raved about the look.

"They did a great job," the Rangers' captain said. "They've got the throwback look and the logo from the '26 team. It looks nice. They did a great job with it."

Lundqvist also revealed his plans for a special Winter Classic mask that he will wear for the game. He didn't want to give away too many details, but said the mask would "look like it was in the closet for 40 years."

Former Ranger and current radio broadcaster Dave Maloney joked that if Lundqvist really wants to pay tribute to the Original Six era, he should consider not wearing a mask against the Flyers.

Lundqvist politely declined.

The event at Central Park on Monday was very low-key, with only a few fans showing up for the event that was technically closed to the public. One fan tried starting a "Hen-rik" chant at the conclusion of the event, but his enthusiasm didn't spread through the two dozen or so fans watching.

But the enthusiasm for the jerseys was unanimous for everyone at Wollman Rink.

"I wore the Statue of Liberty my first year," Dubinsky said as he recalled the many different jerseys he's worn in his six seasons with the Rangers. "They're all awesome. They always do a good job of keeping it simple and classy and making sure the jerseys are always crisp and sharp-looking. I don't think anybody would deny the fact that our jerseys are the sharpest jerseys in all of professional sports, and this is another one of them."

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