It’s been a while since we’ve had a Guest Post on the site, so we are glad to welcome one back here today. Today’s topic is jerseys, or sweaters if you are that guy. Our man AJ Lee is here to say, the Golden Knights have the best jerseys in expansion history.
So here we go…
It would have been so easy to go so wrong.
After all, this is Las Vegas we’re talking about. Tragic looks abound. Uniform designers for the first major pro sports franchise in Sin City, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, must have been sorely tempted to go for a look that was, shall we say, Cirque du Power Play.
Siegfried and (Patrick) Roy.
Puck be a lady?
Subtlety being what it is in Nevada, the charter members of the Knights roster should be grateful they aren’t wearing sharkskin sweaters or fishnet socks.
Yet, in terms of jersey design, the Knights didn’t simply clear a low bar. They went top shelf.
Coming Out Hot
Even before they became the first team in NHL history to win seven of their first eight games in their inaugural season, the Knights were sizzling.
Thankfully, no one tried to distill the Vegas experience into sweater form, as there is nary a sequin, tassel nor martini glass — V-shaped though it may be — worked into the design.
Indeed, the only “V” present in part of the team’s hockey equipment is the one menacingly formed by the negative space in the facemask of the helmet on the logo.
Not that the jersey is without some showier nods to Vegas. Very well-executed nods. But we’ll get to that.
A Bit of Bling
Both jerseys feature an absolutely inspired secondary logo on the shoulders. Crossed swords behind a four-pointed red star is a perfect appropriation of the eight-pointed star on the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign.
Other “Vegas-y” touches include:
• Gold-trimmed white gloves. OK, they wear black gloves at home — but the white mitts are sweet.
• The gold trim on the team logos and numbers has metallic sparkle. It’s not “girly” it’s, in fact, awesome.
• The wide bands of gold at the biceps is textured — reportedly to evoke sagebrush, Nevada’s state flower. It’s incredible detail like that that makes a jersey such as the Knights truly special knowing minor details like that.
• The black background in the logo, too, has sculpted, organic textures that complete the look — sort of like the perfect pocket square.
Some of us can’t wait until Adidas gets around to issuing an alternate jersey — the vote here is for the shoulder logo to move center stage. Until then, you’d have to say, off and on the ice, the Knights look marvelous. They easily have one of the best, if not the best, jersey of any expansion team in recent memory.
Author bio: AJ Lee is Marketing Coordinator for Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for pro stock hockey equipment. He was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, and has been a huge Blackhawks fan his entire life. AJ picked up his first hockey stick at age 3, and hasn’t put it down yet.
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