Friday, August 3, 2007

A Peek At The New Leafs Jersey?

While making my rounds on the various message boards, I recently bumped into the image below which is being touted as a sneaky photo of the new Rbk EDGE jersey for the Toronto Maple Leafs.



As we've come to expect, it's blurry and doesn't show very much but for a number on the front of the sweater a la the Buffalo Sabres' new unis. Obviously, it's not out of the realm of possibility that this is the artistic work of a fan.

For one thing, I've been hearing for a very long time that the Maple Leafs are planning to update or modernize the logo. The one we sort of see here appears to be no different from what they've been using. Ah, but fear not, faithful Leafs fans, it won't be a drastic change. They do update it every couple of decades or so, so it's probably due.

Anyway, while I'm on the topic of fan-created artwork, a reader sent me this image he made based off of the Boston Bruins' new road sweaters.



It's pretty solid. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Toronto in something like this or something completely new and different just to changes things up?

By the way, just as a side note, I added the Edmonton Oilers to the uniform countdown. A reader wrote in saying that the unveiling date is said to be September 17, the day of the team's first preseason game. Despite there being no official word from the team on this matter, I'm tempted to say that date is rather solid considering they wouldn't wear their old uniforms for a preseason game anyway. If it comes sooner, though, I'll surely let you know.

9 comments:

Micky said...

i hate the leafs but the number looks good. Although i dont like the strip going down the jersey. Also doesnt that look like a darker shade of blue.

Id bet this is a fake.

Anonymous said...

just a thought why have a jersey unveiling after the release of NHL 08 since all of the new jerseys are going to be included in it?

Chris said...

Well I can't really answer that question, but I can say that I'd rather see photos of the actual jerseys than video game renderings. So either way, I'll be posting those photos here as they become available. Thanks for reading!

josh said...

To anonymous,

They will have the jerseys locked in NHL 2k8 and NHL 08 until the official release dates. Once the release date comes, EA and Reebok will post codes on their website to unlock them. That's according this guy who attended NHL 08's community day. Click on the exclusive content tab to read what he said about it.

Anonymous said...

i say try something more new-ish looking...

jrzman said...

I agree, Sept. 11 is the day all of the new jerseys will be known, as that's when NHL '08 from EA drops.

Now, just to clarify on the Sept. 17 date. A spokesman (I think, his name is Patrick LaForge) for the team was recently on The Fan 1280 (an Edmonton sports radio station) he hinted that the jerseys wouldn't be unveiled until their first pre-season game. Their pre-seaon's schedule extrapolated the forementioned date.

Anonymous said...

But when you enter the code will the fans get the new jerseys as well or will they have them even when you don't

Anonymous said...

the first leafs jersey looks totally real

you can tell if a jersey is real or not by the little NHL logo at the neckline.

THIS ONE IS REAL PEOPLE! and the shade of blue is surprisingly elegant. IM REALLY EXCITED

Anonymous said...

I like what I see with the supposed peek jersey. However the Fan rendering underneath is the perfect jersey for us in Toronto.