The San Jose Sharks unveiled their new home and road sweaters Monday afternoon as Captain Patrick Marleau
, Alternate Captain Joe Thornton
, Kyle McLaren and Mike Grier modeled the uniforms at a special press conference on the ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose.Click here
to view photos of both new sweaters
. Click the links to view a video of today's official unveiling (Press Conference
, Jersey Promo
Sharks season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to see the new sweaters in game action as the team hosts its annual Teal & White Game tonight at 7 p.m. at HP Pavilion. Players attending the Sharks 2007-08 Training Camp will be broken into two teams that will battle in a scrimmage exclusively open to Sharks season ticket holders.
The Sharks begin their exhibition schedule at Los Angeles on Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. San Jose hosts preseason games at HP Pavilion on Sept. 21 (Anaheim), Sept. 22 (Vancouver) and Sept. 29 (Calgary) and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
The newly designed sweater incorporates the updated Sharks logo and the team’s primary colors of Deep Pacific Teal, Burnt Orange and Black.
“Our goal was to produce a uniform that paid homage to our birth as a franchise while incorporating a few elements that are more ‘now’,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “The striping on the jersey is reminiscent to our first sweaters. We increased the size of the numbers and added them to the front of the sweater, which will help our fans in identifying our players more quickly and easily. On top of all that, we are excited by the new technological innovations made by Rbk.”
The introduction of the re-designed Sharks sweater comes in conjunction with the launch of the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System™, adopted League-wide for the 2007-08 NHL season. Following more than two years of research and development, new uniforms are being brought in to enhance player performance and increase player protection and safety. The NHL and Reebok worked together to develop a new uniform system that uses improved materials that are more breathable, more resistant to water absorption and offer a greater range of motion.
“We wore prototypes of the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System at the NHL All-Star Game in Dallas in January and they were very comfortable,” said Marleau. “Rbk really went the extra mile in developing these and used a lot of the player feedback that was given to them. Having a new look is really exciting and we’re eager to get on the ice.”
The home Teal sweater features a “white-orange-black-orange-white” stripe sequence on both the mid-arm and below the main crest on the tail. The player’s number, which is white with orange and black trim, is located on the sleeves, above the main crest on the front and on the back of the jersey. The shoulders are black with white trim. Each shoulder also sports the full jumping shark logo. The V-neck collar is composed of a black-orange-white stripe sequence.
The road White sweater features a “black-orange-teal-orange-black” stripe sequence on both the mid-arm and below the main crest on the tail. The player’s number, which is teal with orange and black trim, is located on the sleeves, above the main crest on the front and on the back of the sweater. The shoulders are teal with black trim. Each shoulder also sports the full jumping shark logo. The V-neck collar is highlighted by a black-orange-teal sequence.
The uniform was designed by Terry Smith, who also created the Sharks original and updated logos, with input from select players, Jamison, Executive Vice President of Business Operations Malcolm Bordelon, Equipment Manager Mike Aldrich and several members of the Business Operations Department.
“In my 20 years of working in sports, I have never seen a more collaborative effort in creating a uniform,” said Aldrich. “By giving the players and hockey staff a hand in the creation and development of these jerseys, Greg (Jamison) and Malcolm (Bordelon) have given this team more incentive to be proud of their sweater. Terry was very receptive to our ideas and really helped make this ‘our’ jersey.”
The new sweaters can be purchased at the Sharks Store, located at HP Pavilion on the corner of Santa Clara and Autumn Streets, at Sharks Ice at San Jose located at 1500 S. 10th St, at Sharks Ice at Fremont located at 44388 Old Warm Springs Blvd., or by visiting www.SharksStore.com.
The Sharks Teal & White scrimmage finished deadlocked at zero, but in the shootout, Steve Bernier chipped in his breakaway opportunity for the only goal of the contest.