In a day that can only be described as better than Christmas, the Ottawa Senators unveiled their 2014 Heritage Classic jersey today, which they will wear on March 2, 2014 when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place.
We'll have plenty on the jersey today, but first, here is a video on the roots of the style.
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With the unveil of the Sens Heritage Classic jersey today, the team has, in a sense, "completed" its Heritage collection, which serves as a tribute to the lineage of the game in Ottawa and, specifically, to the Silver Seven who plied their trade roughly a century ago.
At a passing glance the jersey may appear to be a simple inversion of the team's current black Heritage jersey, which has been in circulation for some time. Upon closer inspection however, there are many differences — some more nuanced than others — which have been tailored specifically for this release and the Heritage Classic occasion.
Needless to say, with the current black version as popular as it is with Sens fans everywhere, the team expects this edition to be another hit.
"I think it'll be strong," said Senators president Cyril Leeder on the fan reaction. "I like the jersey a lot, it's that antique, Heritage white, it's got a great look to it and I think the felt numbers really provide something new and unusual."
The obvious difference from the Heritage jersey is the flip between the black and "antique white" colours on the jersey, but the numbers provide another — and more subtle — change.
Not only are they felt — a departure from the conventional tackle twill numbering and letting on jerseys — but they alternate on the jersey itself. While the numbers on the back of the jersey retain the same antique white colour as the current Heritage jersey, the sleeve numbers are black with a red trim, adding a unique pop to the jersey that is rarely seen across the league.
The shoulder patches which pay homage to those early 20th century Ottawa teams carry over as well from the current Heritage kit.
With the unveil part of the larger Heritage Classic, the jersey is just one of the things to get excited about as part of being in game itself this year for fans, players and the organization.
"We're genuinely excited about the game. For our team to be included we were really excited," said Senators captain Jason Spezza. "The jersey, they've done a great job with it. They've tied it into our other jersey and given it that retro, Heritage feel."
"It's going to be a great spectacle, I think. To include everything around the game and playing in front of that many people, it's something we're really looking forward to."
In what was some good fortune for those who were hoping to see the jersey on more than one occasion, Leeder confirmed the Sens will wear the jersey twice this season. It will make its debut on March 2 in Vancouver as part of the Heritage Classic and will be worn a second time in April on a date that has yet to be determined.
While the unveil peaked the interest of fans itching to see what the team would look like, Spezza assured those in attendance that players get just as excited as everyone else and the team is excited to don the new threads.
"I think it's fun, I think the guys were all curious to see what it looked like. We're still just big kids so you like seeing the stuff that comes out. When new gear comes out and new jerseys come out we get equally excited as the fans, I think," said Spezza. "We saw the jersey last week and it was a big hit with the guys and hopefully the fans like it as much as we do."
"I like the way they've tied in the Heritage look with the beige and the felt numbers with our current third jersey. They didn't go too far off the grid and it ties in nice and it's something they did a great job with."
Fans looking to get a hold of the jersey as soon as possible can visit any Sens Store location or check out OttawaTeamShop.ca for online orders.
You can watch Jason and Erik's photo shoot here below:
If you missed today's press conference, you can see it again here: