Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Canadiens Unveil New Uniforms!

This morning, the Montreal Canadiens unveiled their brand new Rbk EDGE uniforms to little fanfare. Overall, there were no major changes. The jerseys were merely adapted to the new style and cut, just as we'd expected. I have all the juicy details and photos below.



Before I go on though, I really need to send a huge thanks to the huge number of readers who emailed in links and photos. You guys are awesome! And you're the reason why I write this blog! I'm sorry I couldn't get stuff posted earlier, but I was amidst a live television show that begged my full attention. Moving along now.

Here's a shot of the back of the home sweater.



I also got an email with someone wondering whether the LNH logo would be used on the collar as opposed to NHL.



There's your answer. One last extreme close up photo and then I'll turn it over to you all for your comments.



I think these uniforms are great! Habs fans should be proud. Enjoy your big day!

UPDATE (1:40 PM): It's always nice to see what these jerseys actually look like on players. Here you see Cristobal Huet and Maxim Lapierre donning the new duds.

Remember you can find these and many other photos of all the new sweaters in my official Rbk EDGE photo gallery.

And if you have other photos of the jerseys that I haven't posted, send them along and I'll add them to the gallery.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweet

Anonymous said...

wow.... pretty UNDERwhelming.

I thought the concepts earlier were a bit more exciting...

-Kindred-

Anonymous said...

Not bad. They could have done a little more, but at least they didn't add Montreal in huge letters above the crest.

Anonymous said...

Not much of a change so that's disappointing.

However, those sweaters were classics to begin with so I'm quite happy.

Lucas said...

the flames did too:
http://flames.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer&galleryId=2255

Paul said...

Couldn't have asked for anything better from the Habs... it maintains their classic look even with the new RBK Edge template. Hopefully the team kept the same nameplate lettering font and numbering fonts the same as before.

This begs the question now... why couldn't other teams with classy looking jerseys last season kept what they had? The Habs just proved (as well as the Red Wings) it can be done. The Islanders are the biggest example of a team that had a classy uniform and turned it into what they unveiled last month.

Paul said...

Lucas, that link doesn't work. The Flames haven't unveiled theirs yet (expected later today).

Charlie said...

Paul,

Your observation makes me melancholy. If the Sabres have (and soon had) the number one super duper selling jersey in the NHL, then why didn't every other team with an iconic tradition abandon and nuke their logo/uniforms?

Underwhelming is what you would expect from Montreal as they have a time tested iconic identity and would be fools to try to change that!

Ryan said...

I'm glad they didn't mess with a good thing, but the horizontal stripes on the hemlines of the Edge jerseys really look bad on the ice.

They should just loop the stripes to make them match the shape of the jerseys.

Anonymous said...

i don't like it. On the home jersey if you look at the sleeves stripes, they have an angle. It's ugly. If you look at the Boston jersey, the have the angle to, but its bleck and the stripes are straight. This jersey sucks.

Anonymous said...

Buffalo was the best selling jersey last years because it was a new one, because they have lots of fan to buy de jersey and because they had a good season. It is not a winning recipe in long terms.

Lucas said...

paul, it did work before. It was one of the flames galleries. i guess they took it down. It is exactly what we expected.

Anonymous said...

Flames are expected to unveil the new jerseys at 1pm Mountain Time, so I'd expect it to be 1:30

Anonymous said...

The horizontal stripes that some think make these new uniforms look strange are NOT the problem. The PROBLEM is these Reebok templates which have a circuliar hem line. Get rid of the stupid looking circuliar hem line and problem solved. These things have the hem line longer in the back and shorter in the front. What a Joke!!The NHL is looking like a bunch of clowns! Having said that Montreal has done a fine job under the Reebok/Bettman parameters.

Paul said...

I understand your viewpoint, Charlie. I do like teams that make some gutsy changes as long as they are good ones that actually improve their look, not just for the sake of change, ya know?

No doubt Montreal ranks in a different category than the high majority of teams. I agree that a radical change for the Habs would've caused an uproar beyond belief.

My bad, Lucas... I see that Chris posted what you saw. Good catch, by the way in finding it.

opiatedsherpa said...

Can't say that I'm really surprised... it's nice to see some tradition sticking around. Even with the "new NHL," it's nice to see the old man of the group stays the same.

Anonymous said...

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070904/CPSPORTS01/70904073/5128/CPSPORTS01

Mike said...

Simple, traditional, and perfect.

thumper said...

PERFECT. I am so relieved the habs stuck with the most classy jerseys in hockey. Along with the Bruins the Habs and all their fans should be proud. I know I am. AND to top it off, we kept the red shoulders on the whites (i have a strong liking for them) yepeeeeee

Matt said...

They did what they could under the circumstances. Watching on TV, the difference will hardly be noticeable. No shoulder patch, different logo, or piping up the sides. The way it should be.

I'll miss the classic sweaters. Damn Buttman.

Anonymous said...

perfect!
For those of you wanting change in ALL of the NHL uniforms you are crazy. Change just for change's sake is misguided.
The Habs have and always will have tradition in these uniforms. Detroit and Montreal did this right and didnt change their uniforms so we can look at something different and edgy....
When you have something classic and traditional, something that really works - you keep it! Otherwise you end up like vancouver and change logos/colors/jersey style every 5 years because the fans get tired of the old one because, in reality, it never was that great to begin with.

Anonymous said...

They look good - I just wish they had stuck with the old-old school white jerseys (with the blue stripe along the middle). They look better to me than the red shouldered ones.... Ah well, WTG staying with tradition!

Paul said...

You know what I read from the Habs' news release here? Not that it is a shock to anyone, but look at how much the team is charging for a fully pro-customized authentic jersey? $329.95 + tax for a brand-new RBK Edge blank one and tack on an additional $100 for the customization?! Does the NHL think the average fan can afford to buy one at $430? That's nuts.

thumper said...

I wish people did not ask for blue band on the whites but hey, red shoulders won the day. The jerseys look baggy on the player photo or perhaps they picked size massive without the pads on. I have enjoyed 30 years of the best sweaters in hockey, heres to 30 more.

Tyler said...

Tremendous. When I first heard of the new RBK jerseys I was pretty worried that the Habs uniforms would change. I'm very relieved they haven't. They done good.

Charlie said...

Wow Paul...that's a lot of loonies.

And to think they are going to ask that of Sabres fans who already payed good money for their jersey last year...

Anonymous said...

Jerseys look great hanging up. Look awkward on the players - and I f***ing hate the coat tails. This affects all 30 teams....super.

Good for Montreal to stick to a classic design rather than changing it to some vertically striped POS.

Ogre said...

I kinda wish they had done the LNH thing on their jersey. That would have been that little touch of unique that would have been cool, but I guess standards apply, eh?

Anonymous said...

the away jersey sucks but the home ones r ok.

Doogie said...

So basically, they've gone back to the '50s and '60s look, with the smaller cuff and the white collars? Yeah, I can live with that. It's been 95 years since the last design overhaul, I'm not seeing anything new coming out of Montreal at this point. I think there'd be riots and an emergency meeting of the Quebec legislature if such were to occur.

Having the "LNH" on the home jerseys would've been a nice touch, though.

higgins fan said...

as a habs fan im relieved'they didnt mess with the legendary bleu blanc rouge. nice to see

Sephiroth said...

These jerseys completely dominate the league. Very few teams can claim to have a jersey approching these ones in terms of classiness and colors.

The collar on the red one (white lines) is maybe a little disturbing, but not that mutch. Overall one of the best jersey.

Steve said...

Yikes, those are ugly.

WonderBread said...

wow. really taking a leap of faith there with THAT choice, eh, habitants?
should have atleast gone with the old white jersey with the band across, not unlike the current home.

it's a shame the original 6 haven't the sack to change a little.
WonderBread

Anonymous said...

Oh man these jerseys would have been so much better of they put a Quebec and Canadian flag on the shoulders ... and then maybe if they added some laces. But then these unis would have really kicked ass if there was some piping on the front ... and maybe if the put some horizontal stripes on the sleeves. But I think what would have made the look complete would be numbers on the front. Then and only then would these sweaters rock.

justin said...

i am very pleased.

the montreal canadiens are to hockey what the new york yankees and boston red sox are to baseball and what the notre dame fighting irish have been to collegiate football in the united states.

they are clubs with deep ties to their history, their social roots and the players themselves. it has to be a great feeling stepping out in a uniform such as those mentioned knowing that so many greats before you wore the same exact colours, designs and logos.

messing with the uniforms of any aforementioned team would, in my eyes, be on par with altering a national flag for reasons of trend and fashion.

kronis said...

A few people have commented about how Montreal got it right with their new jersey in keeping with tradition and not changing a classic look. How can you not agree. Don't get me wrong, I can't stand the Habs and they have become a fairly lousy hockey team, but they didn't mess with their classic look.
I only wish the Islanders had done the same thing. Maybe next year.

Len Frig said...

I've always liked how the Habs have two distinctly different jerseys, not just the same jersey for home and road with the colors reversed. One had shoulder bars, the other doesn't. One had the big stripe through the chest/crest, the other doesn't. I love tradition. I appreciate the original six all the more when I see the clown outfits some of the other teams are sporting!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome looking. Glad they changed and did not mess with the Habs jerseys and logos.

Anonymous said...

No surprises here, thank god. Would have been nice to see the white jersey re-adopt the blue stripe around the middle, but as long as they've kept them as alteration-free as possible I'm glad. Really, kudos to all of the original 6 for not seeing the EDGE system as an essential need for change.

Stefan said...

Love the jerseys did what I expected, but I would have liked the old school lace at the neck.

Luciano said...

I'm a tradionnalist, I don't like change. Under the circumstances that there had to be a change for all 30 teams, I will accept it. Ever so glad that the jersey did not change all that much. Not a big fan of the collar, although I like the fact that they went back to a white collar on the red jersey. Laces at the neck would've add that little touch of nostalgia on both jerseys. And the LNH instead of NHL can easily be replaced. RBK Hockey is after all a company out of Quebec (formerly KOHO). As for the price tag, I will not fork out the $400 and some dollars for a new RBK EDGE jersey. I certaintly hope that CCM will continue to make the old style jerseys so I can spend my money on them instead of something that I don't approve of 100%. To me, it is a way for the league to make more money with the sale of these new jerseys. They will bring back the 3rd jersey in a few years once fans have bought all their jersey and they realize that the sales are down.

HabsFan12CV said...

AWSOME

Cliffster said...

Stefan said...
Love the jerseys did what I expected, but I would have liked the old school lace at the neck.


What he said.