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The Senators have their game faces on early this year.
Yesterday, the National Hockey League club unveiled a new jersey that updates the Roman Senator logo’s face with a tougher, more determined expression intended to reflect the one-time sad sack franchise’s maturity into a battle-hardened Stanley Cup contender.
The new crest is stitched to the front of a lighter jersey that tests show generates nine per cent less wind drag when players are skating, and retain up to 76 per cent less moisture.
Sens players Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, Chris Kelly and Brian McGrattan modelled the jerseys for several thousand fans and media yesterday at Scotiabank Place.
“It fits great,” said Neil. “They’re tighter, they should get more air through and they’re just what they’re supposed to be, light.”
Designed to provide greater range of motion, the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System jerseys are mandated by the NHL for all teams.
Even the socks are made from the material, with ventilating mesh sewn into the calf side, a fact that led Spezza to question its durability when blocking pucks.
Assistant equipment manager Chris Cook had the same concerns when he first saw the new uniforms, but said that testing had found it even better than the old socks for absorbing punishment.
The shoulder patch is the logo the Sens wore in the 1930’s: a large ‘O’ with a red stripe atop of a black stripe.