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Winnipeg Jets unveil new navy blue uniforms

Wednesday, 09.7.2011 / 9:25 AM CT / 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."

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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