Canucks nod to the past
Photos by Jeff Hodson/metro vancouver
In a move intended to embrace their past, the Vancouver Canucks yesterday unveiled their new home and away sweaters.
“I think they look sharp,” said Markus Naslund, following the unveiling at GM Place. “I like it. It looks good and feels good as well.”
About 8,500 people turned out during the noon hour to watch as Naslund, Kevin Bieksa, Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund and Trevor Linden showed off the new jerseys.
The new look combines the current orca logo with the colours of the team’s inaugural 1970 NHL season.
The home jersey is mainly blue with green and white horizontal stripes. The away jersey is primarily white with green and blue horizontal stripes and blue cuffs.
On both, the word “Vancouver” forms an arch over the orca logo.
The change is part of a league-wide transition to the Reebok’s new Edge uniform. It is supposed to be lighter than traditional uniforms.
“Doing a project like this is a combination of research, intuition, gut feel and sometimes personal taste,” said Canucks president Chris Zimmerman.
“You never hit it on the first pick. We looked at a lot of different designs and a lot of different directions before we settled on this.”