Leaked image shows new Florida Panthers logo

April 28, 2016 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

The team has not confirmed that this is its new logo for next season, but multiple reports say that is the case. The new logo is expected to be officially unveiled before the NHL draft in late June, and the Panthers will also have new uniforms for the 2016-17 season.

Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson got a sneak peak of the logo and new jerseys and said he was excited about the change.

“I saw them once and I do like them,’’ Gudbranson said. “It’s going to be tough to retire this one. I think it will be an interesting thing going forward. It’ll be fun. They’re really nice jerseys. Like I said, create a new foundation here and I’m confident and excited about going in a new direction.

“It’s going to be huge change, it really is. There might be some growing pains to begin with because everybody loves this logo. It’s a beautiful logo. It’s been good to the team, but it’s time to go in a new direction and I agree with ownership wanting to do that. With this group there’s no better time to do it, so I’m excited about it.’’

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Thumbs up to Pens’ domination, NHL fans

April 25, 2016 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

It wouldn’t sound right to say that Pittsburgh completed a five-game sweep of the New York Rangers yesterday but really, as the Rangers left the Consol Energy Center ice at the conclusion of the first-round series, wasn’t it hard to remember that the Rangers had won a game?
It was, in fact, Game 2, by a 4-2 score. Otherwise, and especially in the fifth game, the Penguins dominated in every way possible. Their stars were better, their role players were better, their goalie – a rookie, mind you – was better than King Henrik Lundqvist. The Pens scored and defended and the Rangers didn’t do nearly enough of either.
It’s hard to know where to start in praising Pittsburgh’s best players, but let’s give “thumbs up” to those of yesterday and of the series as a whole.
For the Game 5 heroes, I’ll make it easy and pick all three members of the so-called checking line – centre Matt Cullen and wingers Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl. They combined for half-a-dozen scoring points, with Rust’s first of two goals breaking a 2-2 tie in the second period and Cullen following with a goal that stood as the game-winner in a 6-3 score.

That line did well enough all series long to be singled out again, but when the Penguins are as good as they were against the Rangers, Sidney Crosby should always be mentioned first, Kris Letang next and in the absence of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the work of rookie Matt Murray in three straight wins amounted to the biggest difference of all. Lundqvist wasn’t going to feel better no matter how he lost, or to whom, but he was supposed to provide the very edge that belonged to Murray and the Penguins.
It’s a long time since the Pittsburgh season included Crosby’s bad start and the firing of coach Mike Johnston. With a new coach, Mike Sullivan, and the old Crosby, and all the other contributors who dominated the Rangers, it’s a very different Pittsburgh team that’ll take some beating to keep it out of the Stanley Cup Final.

State of the Game
Times are about to get tough for hockey purists. They will be told that NHL players won’t be going to the Olympics in 2018 and that the World Cup in 2016 and beyond will have to satisfy their craving for international hockey.
The World Cup will eventually shed the gimmickry of Teams North America and Europe and become more like the Olympics. Purists will scoff and say it’s not the same, and it’s all about money being made by the NHL and the players instead of money spent to stay in the Olympics. But the fans will watch and they’ll like what they see. They’ll need to save some of their protestations for the day the first advertising logos arrive on the jerseys of NHL teams.
More NHL greed, they’ll yell, but what’s the difference between messing up the uniform with ads and concocting ghastly third jerseys with which to stock store shelves?

The game is the thing, not where it’s played or what the players or wearing. So passionate fans are better to use their voices to tell NHL teams what the game should look like. Hockey fanatics deserve to be heard if they wish to react to low-scoring games, fights, lengthy video reviews, confounding rules and all of the things that NHL bigwigs should care about to keep customers happy.
The fans’ money is more important than revenue from jersey ads, which will eventually be ignored the same as board signs. The World Cup can be better than the Olympics, whose formats and procedures are boring and confusing.
“Thumbs up” to fans who will save their concern for the state of the game, never mind stuff that really doesn’t matter. Like Las Vegas. Yes, the NHL will make its money any way it wants and nothing will stop it. And a visit to the arena near you by the Las Vegas Dealers is liable to be more interesting than a game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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ACHA teams turn to Rebirth Sports for creative jerseys

April 20, 2016 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

It’s hard not to notice the University of Oregon’s teams with their often brightly colored, eclectic uniforms that could inspire jealousy in the likes of Elton John. Just as loud and proud on their gear is the ‘Swoosh’ logo, a sign of Nike CEO Phil Knight’s deep connection to the school.

Nike, however, doesn’t provide jerseys to all of Oregon’s teams. The school’s hockey program, for instance, turns to Doug Greene.

The owner of Rebirth Sports specializes in colorful, innovative uniforms for America Collegiate Hockey Association teams at schools that don’t support NCAA-sanctioned programs. Oregon is just one of the many notable customers that have turned to the Saginaw, Mich., outfitter for custom jerseys. Greene’s clients include non-traditional hockey hotbeds such as Florida, Indiana, Florida State and Maryland.

“There’s a lot of big schools name-wise that are out there that just don’t have a hockey program unfortunately,” he says. “People see the picture of the jersey and say, ‘That’s great. Why aren’t they a Division I program playing against so-and-so?’”

Greene started his shop after he saw that club hockey teams had a need for well-designed, affordable jerseys. A former club player at Saginaw Valley State, he’s the mastermind behind several sweaters that have made appearances on SportsCenter, thanks to hockey-mad anchor John Buccigross. The design process starts with teams approaching Rebirth during their search for a new look. Sometimes Greene seeks out the teams himself. They exchange ideas and make tweaks to possible designs until one is approved.

It can get tricky, however, as some club programs are not allowed to use their schools’ NCAA-sanctioned or trademarked logos. At Florida, the club hockey team was allowed to use the cursive “Gators” but not a certain version of the Gator image. Instead, the team wears a New York Rangers-style wordmark. Oregon’s club can’t use the school’s dynamic ‘O’ or the newest iteration of the Ducks logo, which forces the team to go with an older rendering of the mascot.

“What we wanted to do was sort of mimic the football team with our green jerseys,” says Jake Yale, a junior forward at Oregon. “That was one of our main goals, to kind of get it to be flashy but also a really cool jersey that people would want, and to hopefully increase the popularity of the program.”

The Rebirth jerseys are doing more than just making the teams look good. They’re also attracting attention.

“We were very happy with how they looked,” says Florida goalie Mark Finkelstein, who helped oversee the purchase of the new jerseys. “These are the only real hockey jerseys that are out there for these schools. You can’t find a really cool if-Florida-had-a-hockey-team-they-would-wear-this jersey.”

In Indiana and at IU, basketball is gospel. But according to Cody Reiff, a senior in Indiana’s club program, the Hoosier hockey team’s candy cane striped jerseys have helped raise awareness of the sport on campus. He’s noticed that more people want to know where the players are getting the jerseys and that fans at other sporting events around campus are starting to wear them.

“Back a few years ago, we would have a handful of people in the bleachers,” Reiff says. “It was just a couple of friends and roommates. Now, we had Purdue come to town and we had a near sellout there.”

“[The jersey] gives them a reason to come to our website and check out a little bit more about us.”

Another big area the jerseys help is recruiting.

“It’s kind of crazy how that jersey design can spark a completely new image for the program,” says Indiana junior Shane Arhela. “It goes from being a next-level men’s league, all the way to college hockey that a lot of guys are actually looking into. We’ve never had so many people reaching out to us, trying to come to our team.”

In addition to the extra interest, there’s also a morale boost. Several players say they’ve noticed an uptick in the mood in their teams’ locker rooms thanks to the new threads.
“It means a lot,” Finkelstein says. “When you are on the ice, everyone is like, ‘Wow, we look really good.’ We look official. We are definitely proud to represent the University of Florida. It doesn’t feel like a club hockey game, it feels like a Florida-Georgia game.”

Along with 60 NCAA teams, there are now about 400 ACHA clubs, ranging from Florida Gulf Coast (another Rebirth Sports client) to well-known Division I schools like Tennessee, Georgia, USC, LSU and more. Exposure for those programs has been key to the growth of the game. In recent seasons, Penn State and Arizona State transitioned from club level to D-I, thanks to the success and visibility of their teams.

While major benefactors have helped those universities legitimize their programs, money is a major issue for many club teams, one that gets passed on to the players. Fees can cost more than $1,000 for ice time, jerseys, matching equipment, tournaments, buses, hotels and everything else in between.

“We have to pay for everything and it sucks,” says Austin Spahr, an Indiana senior. “These kids just want to play hockey and not give up the dream but still get an education.”

So if Greene can help strapped college students save a little bit of cash, he’s happy to provide low-cost uniform options. But he doesn’t stop there: Teams can offset costs through jersey and apparel sales through Rebirth.

“It’s just a real big passion for us because we all came from the sport, from that level, so we really understand there is good hockey there,” Green says. “There is good support there. We try our best to just grow the sport.”

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Are ads on NHL jerseys on the way?

April 19, 2016 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Could a reported deal with a new supplier lead to advertisements on jerseys in the NHL? That’s the buzz after news broke on Monday that Adidas will become the league’s official jersey supplier beginning in 2016–17.

According to TSN’s Rick Westhead, the previous deal with Reebok netted the NHL $35 million per season. The new contract will pay twice that amount. Nice for the league’s coffers, but Adidas isn’t throwing that much money at the NHL simply because the apparel company wants to appear “cool” again.

Such a significant investment could lead to radical changes in the appearance of the new Adidas jerseys, starting with the prominent use of the company’s famous three-stripes logo. And if that’s allowed to take up any significant amount of space, well, it’s easy to make the leap to what comes next.

“If you’re already deciding on a major NHL jersey overhaul, maybe with Adidas striping on the jerseys, then it seems like it would be a good time to introduce the ads, if you plan to do it anyway,” a league source told TSN.
And from all indications, that’s exactly what the league has decided. COO John Collins said last November that jersey sponsorship is “both coming and happening.” By “happening,” he meant that the current presence of Reebok’s logo on uniforms was one type of sponsorship. What he meant by “coming” though is likely to be far more dramatic.

During a meeting of NHL team presidents last year, league officials estimated they might generate $120 million annually by allowing corporate sponsors to put their logos on jerseys. It’s not clear whether that money would count as Hockey-Related Revenue—which would mean that it would have to be split with the players—but it seems likely.

The question now is: How far would the league be willing to go? Nobody wants to see the Canadian Tire logo replace Toronto’s blue maple leaf, or a Dunkin’ Donuts emblem in place of the Bruins’ spoked B. But as I wrote previously, sponsors might be allowed to purchases shoulder patches, or perhaps a nice piece of real estate to the right of the team logos on the front of jerseys, to help promote brand awareness in front of North America’s most affluent sporting audience.
That might be as far as things would go initially, but it’s only a matter of time before there would be specially sponsored third jerseys, or heavily logoed goalie sweaters. After that a full-on Euro-style kit, with the corporate logo front and center, would be just a matter of time. We could see something like that as soon as next summer’s World Cup of Hockey.

And it’s a good bet that advertisers would line up with cash in hand to be part of the grand experiment. A 2011 report in Sports Business Daily found that the NHL would offer serious bang for the buck. “Hockey’s fast pace of play provides for fewer detection opportunities during game action, but when play is stopped in the NHL, the exposure ‘duration,’ or amount of time the jersey is visible on-screen, is higher in hockey than other sports.”

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Ads On NHL Jerseys Should Not Be A Big Deal

August 31, 2015 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

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one of the biggest conversations of the offseason has been the ever present existence of advertisements on NHL jerseys. Many hints have come along saying they are on their way, which includes testing it out at the World Cup of Hockey. With Adidas taking over the rights to make sweaters starting in 2017, that could be the start of your jersey being a walking advertisement.

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This really isn’t a big deal. Many fans think of how they will have to wear the corporate logo of another company when trying to rock their favorite Sidney Crosby jersey. There are hundreds of people who showed what they think advertisements on jerseys would actually look like (some are actually pretty good). A lot of people think advertisements on jerseys will turn hockey players into on-ice racecars, but that isn’t the case.

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The NHL won’t go from one ad on the jersey (that Reebok logo is an ad, it always has been and it made that company a lot of money), to 20 overnight. That isn’t how this will work. Gary Bettman is one who isn’t 100 percent for it — at least he wasn’t during a visit to the Vancouver Canucks last season. It is hard to believe that even if he changes his stance on ads, he would allow them to take over a jersey.

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There is no way that an ad will take over the logo like they do on some overseas soccer jerseys. Your favorite team will not become the Los Angeles McDonalds or the Florida Ford F150s. The advertisement will likely get thrown on the shoulder, on the bottom of the jersey or on the sleeve. They will not be noticeable. That is if they are even on fan jerseys. To make fans happy and keep jersey sales up, they could get sold without the ads on them and keep that for players’ jerseys only.

If ads are kept on the jerseys for fans, one would hope they are cheaper then they are now. Any current player you want will cost you $169.95 on NHLShop.com. Even players who aren’t on the team any more, like Nathan Horton on the Columbus Blue Jackets or Josh Harding on the Minnesota Wild, are still going for $99.95. That is a near impossible price for many families in the U.S. and Canada. It is one piece of clothing that costs more than what some spend on a week’s worth of clothes.

Ads on jerseys will not be that bad, and it isn’t coming any time soon. If they look terrible during the World Cup of Hockey and the jerseys don’t sell then they will have to rethink this philosophy. Bettman has said he doesn’t want to be the first to pull the trigger on this controversial topic. We will likely get to see how this works out in the NBA prior to it coming to the ice. That should be a good precedent to see what hockey fans can expect.

Nick Villano is the NHL feature writer for RantSports. He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google circle.

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August 18, 2015 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

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