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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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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