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Wild savor 'traditional' Stadium Series jerseys

by Dan Myers / NHL.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It's no surprise that Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter is a big fan of the jerseys they will wear for their 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 22, 2016.

"It's laid back, it's not flashy, it's traditional. It's kind of got that old school look to it," Suter said.

The Wild and Blackhawks each revealed their Stadium Series jerseys on Tuesday, with the hosts doing so in an on-ice unveiling in front of media and selected season-ticket holders at Xcel Energy Center.

Each jersey seemed to portray a simple, old-school feel; with the team logo on the chest, stripes on the arm and the larger numbers on the shoulder that will make it easier for fans in a football stadium to identify their favorite players.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu called the look traditional. Forward Zach Parise agreed.

"They are plain, in a good way," Parise said. "I think they are sharp, they have a really good look to it. I really like it."

Minnesota's jerseys will incorporate a new concept on the left shoulder, with the "State of Hockey" patch a first for any of its jerseys.

"You look around this building and you see the 'State of Hockey' everywhere," said John Maher, the Wild's Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications. "For our first outdoor game, we thought that was a really important piece to it."

The Wild will also have a script 'M,' a trademark from their current green jerseys, visible on the left side of their hockey pants, in place of the Wild logo that is on the typical game pant.

"The uniform together really helps us introduce some new marks to our brand," Maher said. "But it also keeps with our traditional look."

Parise was one of several Wild players at a media event in August at TCF Bank Stadium. With the sun beating down and temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees, it was hard to think much about hockey.

But with the weather getting colder, the game is starting to come a little more into focus.

"I feel like there is so much to get through before that, but you see some commercials on it now," Parise said. "As we get through Christmas and into January, there will be a lot more."

Suter got more excited for the game on Sunday, when, along with several teammates, he stood on the sidelines as guests of the Minnesota Vikings when they hosted the Green Bay Packers at TCF Bank Stadium.

"I was looking around thinking, 'OK, where's the rink going to go,'" Suter said. "It wasn't too cold, but there was still a little breeze. It's going to be fun.

"It's something you don't think a lot about, but as it gets closer, you do stuff like this and it makes you really look forward to it."

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