There would have been no surprise in October to see the Sharks take the ice with a different jersey from the previous season. But more than the “GGIII” patch worn by the players, honoring the team’s late owner George Gund III, was changed during the off-season, since the team had a surprise for Sharks fans.
After a few quick teasing videos posted on Instagram, the Sharks released the designs of new home and away jerseys on August 20th via the #theNextWave website.
Much like the Hurricanes earlier this summer, the changes are simple, but overall make for a clearer, less crowded sweater design. On both the home and away jerseys, the shoulder yokes (black on the homes, teal on the aways) have been removed, including the accompanying stripes. Excessive stripes around the neckline are gone too, as well as the horizontal stripes at the bottom of the jersey. Also gone is the orange accent on letters and numbers. One notable addition is the neckline lacing, always a plus.
Less is more, and less is also faster. Per the Sharks, weight was cut by making these changes, leading to a lighter and more maneuverable jersey. As players Joe Thornton and Brent Burns in the teals and Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart in the whites took a spin in their new sweaters, Thornton appreciatively said, “They’re so much lighter. You can see the difference.”
Watching Joe Thornton’s level of giddiness in #theNextWave behind-the-scenes video makes it clear he cannot wait to start the season with these sweaters. Whether the quicker Sharks can put more goals in the back of the net will prove to be an interesting test for the new jerseys.
No word yet if this means the Sharks chain mail jersey will also get a revamp.
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