For many die-hard Sharks fans, Friday morning couldn’t come soon enough.
At 7:45, a dozen fans lined up outside the Sharks Store at HP Pavilion waiting for their first look at the “BlackArmor” jersey. And it didn’t disappoint.
“We had a lineup of fans when Sharkie opened the doors and they love the new look,” Keen said.
Before the unveiling, the atmosphere was like New Years Eve. Inside the Sharks Store, employees were counting down until they could remove the black tarps covering all the BlackArmor merchandise. Then at 8 a.m., S.J. Sharkie burst through HP Pavilion sporting the Sharks new jersey and went straight for the front door of the Sharks Store.
The first fan in line was Peter Hansen, a resident of Sunnyvale who pre-ordered his jersey online. He was presented the very first BlackArmor jersey by S.J. Sharkie.
The new black sweaters have a throwback look. With the old-time hockey lacing at the collar and the simple wide stripe on the forearm, this third jersey is a change from the modern RBK jerseys that all NHL teams adopted last year. The jumping Sharks logo has moved from the shoulder patch and onto the front of the jersey while the “SJ” logo has been incorporated onto the shoulder.
Fans will get their first glimpse of the new sweaters when the Sharks play hosts to Washington on Saturday night. The Sharks will wear these sweaters for the next three home games and then for Thursday home games, which have been designated as “BlackArmor Nights.” In addition, San Jose will wear the new sweaters for two road games. In total, the Sharks will wear the new sweater 14 times. To celebrate the new third jersey, fans attending the Nov. 26 game vs. Chicago will receive a Seagate “BlackArmor” T-shirt.