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Winnipeg Jets unveil new navy blue uniforms

Wednesday, 07.09.2011 / 10:25 AM / Feature
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Winnipeg Jets unveil new navy blue uniforms

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - With airplanes screaming overhead, the reborn Winnipeg Jets showed off their new uniforms Tuesday.

Team captain Andrew Ladd and three other players emerged from the belly of a Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules at CFB Winnipeg in their blue-and-white home and away uniforms.

The home jersey is navy blue - officially "polar night blue" - with striping in white and a lighter blue. The away jersey is white with the two shades of blue striping. The lighter shade is known as "aviator blue."

Both blue colors have links to the RCAF - the lighter shade matches its historical colors, while the darker comes from the paint used on many of the military's current aircraft. Both home and away sweaters also feature the team's new RCAF-inspired circular logo on the chest.

"We wanted to create a new look ... but also honor the rich history of hockey in our city and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force, which inspired the primary logo," said general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

"As you can see the result is clean, it's simple and it's traditional."

The colors are essentially the same as those worn by the original Winnipeg Jets, who left the city in 1996 when the team relocated to Phoenix and was renamed the Coyotes. The reborn Jets are the former Atlanta Thrashers.

Winnipeg's first regular season game is Oct. 9 at home against the Montreal Canadiens. It's a guaranteed sellout, as is every game for this and several seasons to come.

There were plenty of armed forces members in the audience and Col. Blaise Frawley, Commander of 17 Wing, thanked the team.

"Today's announcement at our home in Winnipeg certainly lends a boost to our morale," he said.

"Our men and women in uniform are delighted by the gracious manner in which the Winnipeg Jets hockey club has sought to pay tribute to our time-honored relationship with this city."

Even though police have already seized counterfeit Jets jerseys, fans will have to wait a month before they can get their hands on the real thing. The pro-weight jerseys won't be on sale until early October and less-expensive replica jersey's will be available a few weeks after that.

The Jets' name and logo weren't the first choice of the team's new owners but they bowed to public pressure - and that meant a last-minute rush to get the logo and jersey's ready for the season.

"A new jersey concept normally takes 18 months," said Cheveldayoff. "For us, as you know, this process was condensed in six weeks."

Ladd said he likes the new jersey, adding it's great to be able to honour the RCAF.

"What they do for us and the community and the country is exceptional," he said. "They put their life on the line and do great things and for us to be able to honour them ... and pay tribute to them is a great thing."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 50 17 23 9 40
B. Little 50 18 20 9 38
B. Wheeler 50 13 23 10 36
D. Byfuglien 50 12 21 8 33
M. Perreault 47 17 14 0 31
M. Frolik 50 10 17 6 27
M. Scheifele 50 7 20 3 27
E. Kane 35 10 12 3 22
A. Lowry 49 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 34 5 9 4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 5 2 .932 2.00
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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