Jason asked in SportsHockey · 1 decade ago

why did the NHL change up their uniforms randomly?

1 year they were using White home color away then they switched it after the lockout i think..




yea but they could have used the White ones as the Home uniform though... instead of the colored

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The change was made due to constant requests from the fans to have the coloured uniforms at home. Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, and then Lightning owner Bill Davidson presented a request to the NHL rules committee in February 2003 to "return to the historical norm of wearing the colours at home". The rules committee accepted the recommendation on March 6, 2003. The owners passed the recommendation by conference call on March 11, 2003 (by a vote of 30-0) and the NHLPA accepted without a vote.

    Prior to the early 1950s, teams only wore 1 uniform (all teams wore coloured except Boston wore white). With the advent of television, and TV being black and white, it was very difficult to tell a red team from a blue team, or two red teams (Montreal/Detroit) or two blue teams (Toronto/New York) apart...so at the request of television, white uniforms made their way into the NHL.

    In 1970, Charles Finlay (owner of the California Golden Seals) wanted the league to become like baseball and wear their white uniforms at home (he claimed at the time that fans were walking into his building and cheering for the white team because that was the norm (forgetting for a second that the NFL wore their colours at home)). The NHL saw no reason to vote against it, and 'whites at home' was born.

    Based on NHL merchandise reports, coloured jerseys have always made up 65-75% of sales. In a 2007 report issued by the Sports Collectibles Association of America, Toronto is the only NHL team which over the years has sold more white jerseys than coloured, and Detroit and the Rangers are close to 50/50 with colours slightly ahead.

    In a 2008 interview, Mike Ilitch claims that he received thousands of requests for the Wings to wear red at home, and in the 4 years since, he had received only a few requests to wear white.

    It has been rumoured that the reason for the change was to accomodate the 3rd jersey, but both the NHL and NHLPA have denied this and pointed out the fact that teams wore their 3rd jersey both home and away as a rule and last summer the NHLPA agreed that teams would wear their new Rbk 3rd jerseys a set number of games each year with 50% being at home, and 50% being on the road.

    As part of the league's agreement with Adidas-Salomon AG (owner of Rbk), the teams will wear their white jerseys at home at least once per season against divisional opponents allowing their fans to see their rival's colours

    Source(s): NHLPA NHL/NHLPA/Adidas agreement
  • 4 years ago

    exciting yet i do not quite like it. What takes position at the same time as the goalie freezes the p.c... can we've a face-off back formerly the penalty starts. what's going to finally end up taking position because the already penalized crew will take a 2d penalty at situations and then its 6-4. it would want to artwork yet can be a worry for the officials as you properly recognize. If the objective is more suitable scoring on the PP why no longer make communities serve the completed 2 minutes no count if the PP crew rankings or no longer. Like a significant penalty presently, the completed penalty might want to might want to be served, truly earlier at the same time as that become the guideline until eventually the Habs of previous were given too effecient on the PP. similar outcome yet no authentic differences to officiating or how the game is performed. As an aside did you spot Ottawa rather a lot placed it of their own information superhighway hostile to Boston on a in the back of agenda penalty Saturday nighttime.

  • Jay
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    because they realized they could market team colors better if the team wore their colors at home (an example being the Caps' "Rock the Red" campaign)

  • 1 decade ago

    To fit a new form of low weight padding that was designed. They just changed the uniforms because they knew they had to make new ones anyways.

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  • 1 decade ago

    What difference would it make if you found out why they changed it?

  • 1 decade ago

    I cannot answer this question any better than cyrenaica answered it a year ago:


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