Wednesday, August 8, 2007

About The 'Canes

I've been getting a lot of emails lately about the Carolina Hurricanes. I recently added them to the sidebar countdown for a September 16 unveiling date. The issue some people have brought up is the fact that the Hurricanes' new uniforms have already been leaked via EA Sports' NHL08 video game.

Thing is, that's not really a photo of Eric Staal in the new Rbk EDGE uniform since no teams have played in them yet — all-star jerseys aside. The cover is an adapted photo of Staal in the old uniforms. Not that that matters that much. I post fan-created artwork all the time. No reason this shouldn't be considered.

However, I won't call it an official unveiling by the Hurricanes because this isn't a picture of the actual jersey. If you look down my official list, all of those posts contain photos of the real uniforms. Still, screen grabs like the one below have been circulating for some time. I figured I'd at least post it but I'm not adding it to the officially unveiled list — yet.

If we see photos prior to the team's first preseason game, I'll be sure to post them.


canaanmakesfood said...

i have no reason to believe that those images of the hurricanes jerseys are fakes. The image on the front of the game packaging, while evidently drawn/rendered, has the white piping (to which EA has been promoting in all of their online video) and the changed nhl logo neckline. while i dont necessarily enjoy the jerseys, i cannot begin to fathom why EA would make jerseys that weren't to be included in the game itself (and, for that matter, used by the NHL). but alas, we shall wait and see until an 'official' unveiling.

I really enjoy the site and i check it daily. ty and keep up the hard work!

Chris said...

Glad you're enjoying the site. Sorry to be unclear. I wasn't saying the images from EA are fake, as such, just that I'm waiting for actual photos as opposed to video game renderings. Make sense? Yeah, sometimes I don't get my thoughts across as well as I mean. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Theses jerseys were unvailed at the NHL Draft were they not?

Chris said...

Unfortunately only a handful of teams had their new jerseys on hand at the draft and the Hurricanes weren't one of them. I believe it was just the Bruins, Capitals and Blue Jackets if I remember right. Thanks for reading!

Matt said...

(Columbus resident who attended the draft)

That's right - the Bruins, Caps, and Jackets had new Unis on hand, both on display and for their draft picks to wear. The other teams did not, but some of the cut scenes for NHL08 were shown on the night of the first round.

That's where, for example, a lot of the Philly concepts came from.

Anonymous said...

It appears the Canes have leaked their own jersey, or at least part of one.

That's the player page for Noah Babin, one of the Canes' prospects who seems to be wearing the new Canes duds for our prospects camp. The picture doesn't show much, just from the shoulders up, so I don't know if you want to make this a real leak or unveiling, but you did ask for any pictures that we could find. Hope you can use this.

Chris said...

Excellent find! I'll certainly post that photo. I wonder if placing that picture on their site was an accident. Thanks!