Monday, September 17, 2007

Sharks Unveil New Uniforms!

The San Jose Sharks have become the final NHL team to unveil their new Rbk EDGE uniforms today.





How about those! To echo some other folks, we're definitely looking at a fancy new logo on a very retro sweater. What surprised me was the shoulder logo.



I was expecting a fin logo so I was a little shocked to see the full shark logo. And I'm pretty sure the shield logo will make its way onto the pants, leaving the fin logo homeless. The logos I'm referencing can be found here if you're interested.

That teal looks really great on these uniforms, by the way. What totally sells it for me is the orange. I know a lot of fans aren't too keen on it, but I think it brings a great new dimension to a look that in recent years had been kind of monochromatic.

The cool thing is that the stripes around the elbows and waist are reminiscent of the original uniforms from 1991 which had grey in place of orange. And who here doesn't love retro? You know you guys do.



And then here's your close up of the collar. That teal looks really, really great.

Overall, I'm a fan. I think they could've gone with some more curvy lines and vertical piping to match, but they chose something a bit daring as far as these new Reebok sweaters. I'm impressed. I still prefer my Lightning jersey... which is coming in just a few days!

48 comments:

T said...

Unless you can find a photo of Jamison laughing and holding the real jersey, no photos are needed. ;) I can't believe they took a new, updated logo and slapped it onto a retro design. I guess I'll wait and see the new designs next year!

Artymous said...

The orange is going to take me awhile, as a long-time Sharks fan.

However, these are a solid, solid look and design in and of themselves.. and guess what.. they didn't block out the back to show off the Reebok logo! That alone gives me new respect.

Definitely top 5 in the new league, and when I'm done hating orange, I'll like them all the more.

Michael said...

The new jerseys look spectacular - they're every bit as good as my other favorites - the Blues and Flyers. If I can afford it, I'll be buying myself a teal Sharks jersey.

Sephiroth said...

Ok. Are we looking at the best jersey in the NHL? I mean, the teal is beautiful, and the white is spectacular.

The full shark on shoulders give these ones a special dangerous look on the ice.

The use of old time jersey desing on the new RBK edge era is a winner.

So question: is these set of jersey's the best in the NHL?

My answer is that it's certainly top four no question.

Paul said...

This is among the top three to five new jerseys in the entire league. What a winner! I know some might be critical of a new modern logo with a retro look to the jersey, but you know what? I think it works. This is SO MUCH BETTER than the previous jerseys we've seen for the past nine years. So much simpler, clean and great use of the colors. I know that orange was less noticable back in 1991 and is more an accent color now, but it works here.

My all-time favorite Sharks jerseys are the original ones when the team entered the league. I own one of each of them. This will eventually be a part of my collection.

Seriously, this is a great new look for the Sharks, hands down. I've been hoping for something like this ever since they've been wearing those ugly jerseys since 1998. The black alternate was the best of the three. I think a black one in the future is worth consideration.

My gut feeling is that this new jersey set will be a big hit with Sharks fans.

Artymous said...

LOL.. see, the typical reaction among non-sharks fans are that these are fantastic.

The typical reaction among sharks fans is the Emo announcement of hurting themselves in some way over the brutality of it all.

It's very amusing to watch. Sharks fans never realize how good we have it. lol.

Artymous said...

Paul said, "My gut feeling is that this new jersey set will be a big hit with Sharks fans."

On the San Jose Sharks forum, as well as on HFBoards, this is turning out to be untrue. They're getting panned rather harshly, aside from the odd man out.

Kyle J Silva said...

I am a long-time Sharks fan and I really really like these. In fact, before the Ducks-Sharks game this friday, I think I will pick up a white Grier jersey.

Paul said...

Who says that it is just non-Sharks fans that love the new jerseys? And by the way, does HFBoards (I also posted my comments there) and the Sharks message boards account for all or most of the team's fan base? Absolutely not. It's a small amount of them. Plus, not everyone posts on message boards or blogs.

Another thing, I already know not everyone will like the new look. It's a fact. There's no way any logo or jersey will be a hit with 100% of a fan base. There will ALWAYS be somebody or a group of fans that pick apart even the most popular designs.

Mike said...

Just bought the Sharks new jersey and I am currently wearing it right now. Man, the jersey is great. I too was shocked that they decided to put the full bodied shark on the shoulder. But, the more I look at it, the more I like it.

I feel kinda sad that the poll they have on the Sharks board shows that Sharks fans don't like it. Seriously, this jersey by far is a top 5 this year.

I'm guessing most of the fans that responded to the polls are new fans and not fans since the Cow Palace days.

On a final note, the replicas are a joke. It just feels really cheap compared to the authentic. The front crest is smaller than the authentic, the full bodied sharks logo on the shoulder is ironed on, and the reebok logo is everywhere (on the bottom left front and on the sleeve). You may save $115 if you buy the replica, but the authentic is much, much better.

Artymous said...

Paul:

Sorry, was just pointing out what I was seeing in the early get go.. wasn't any comment on you personally.

Paul said...

I know, artymous. I just needed to make a point that I know that there are a number of fans that won't like any new logo and/or jersey no matter what is unveiled. The basis of some comments is beyond reason on other message boards (even more so at sportslogos.net) and even a few blogs here and there.

T said...

Hey Mike..

I have been a Sharks fan since I started following hockey in '92. I think that the new age logo on the retro jersey looks slapdash and uncoordinated. And I think that most long term fans will agree.

As far as the crest, it is on the pants. There were some photos from the rookie series with Aneheim that clearly showed that the kids were wearing the new pants. I'm kinda glad that the fin logo seems to be homeless. I think it is kinda goofy with all the orange.

Masik said...

Of all the concepts they could have went with, they chose this? The logo is cool but these colors and jersey design suck compared to what they had. They should have just taken the new logo and added it to what they already had going. That orange is absurd.

Paul said...

The team site now has on the home page a photo of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo and Mike Grier all modeling the jerseys. At the end of the photo gallery, they've added a photo showing the back of Grier's jersey.

T said...

NOOOOO...

The new photo on the Sharks site shows the numbers of the front!!

blueshark said...

artymous, I knew you were a closet fan of these new Shark jerseys.

We went from having the best home, away and 3rd jerseys in the league to the bottom 5 with this design. There's no way these are top 5 Edge jerseys. We replace gray with orange? Are you kidding me? We went from dark blue teal to more pajama green teal? C'mon no way.

The design change of the Sharks jersey in '97 was way better than the original '91 striping design. Now we go back to the original '91 design with orange and instead of having the traditional shoulder fin logos we have a full bodied shark. Not to mention we update our classic most identifiable logo with a fiercer "cartoon" shark and there is no way this jersey looks good.

Once we were leaders in colors and design and everybody copied us. How many sport teams started wearing Teal after we came out with our colors in '91? How about the Florida Marlins, the Mighty Ducks, the Carolina Panthers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, even the Islanders experimented with a Teal-Orange Gorton's fisherman logo. Now we follow and copy others with our new orange addition like the Ducks and the Miami Dolphins, yeah no thanks.

We had 16 years of club history with our old logo and it should never have been changed, it was so unneccesary and now we've joined the ranks of the mickey mouse clubs always switching their colors and logos every 3 years.

blueshark said...

Mike-

I've been a fan of the Sharks since Sept '89 when I went to a Penguins vs Jets exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum and I received a flyer that was being passed out to join "Pro Hockey San Jose" a grassroots organization that Sharks broadcaster Randy Hahn helped create to bring a team to San Jose. I went to my first Cow Palace game during the first season in Jan '92 against the Oilers and it was one of the 10 games they actually won all year. So there are old-timers voting on that poll on the Sharks board

Artymous said...

Blueshark:

Closet fan? I've pretty much said right from the leak that I can live with them, although I still don't like the orange... and that'll be something that will take a long time.

It's fine for you to not like them, and you've made some good points, but I find that a lot of your argument falls mainly in the realm of personal and emotional attachment, which is fine. We all have to love something. Personally, I will always love the original sweaters and will to my dying day, but I'm not afraid of change either, and if the team is *going* to change, then I am glad they have gone this route.

And yes, given the league right now and what the jerseys are and how the teams look, this new look is top 5 *EASY*.

As for the color of the teal, that is something that is so very much dependent on lighting, and always has been. I can show you photos of the original sweater looking both very dark teal and bright neon blue teal, and even a green-y teal. the '98-'07 design also looked darker and lighter in different lighting.. do an image search on Google if you don't think so. Sometimes it looked almost royal blue, other times it looked almost aqua.

These new jerseys are no exception. It's the nature of the color. Some people see it different ways and adjust their color-matching in their photos, some lighting affects it differently than others.. welcome to the world of Teal.

As for Mickey Mouse clubs, that's your opinion, but personally, I hated the '98-'07 change as much as you seem to hate this one, so changing again means nothing to me. I find it to be the nature of today's sports environment, the original six notwithstanding, and it's easier to embrace it a little than sit back and be bitter about it forever.

sharksfan7 said...

Generally speaking I like the retro design. The teal looks sharp and the orange was kept to a minimum, which is a good thing. There's something about the collars on these Edge jerseys that bugs me. It's bad enough that they're there in the first place, but I really don't like how the stripes on them taper to a point. And the orange stripe on these doesn't help. Don't know why it bugs me, but it does. I think a solid black collar would have looked better. Or better still a black collar with laces. The template is similar to the Bruins jersey minus the laces. And that one is one of my favorites so far.

I'm definitely not happy with the decision to put the numbers on the front. I haven't seen one jersey design yet where that looks good. C'mon is it really that difficult to identify a player when you see him from the front? Whether you're watching the game in the arena or on TV, if you can read the small numbers on the front you most likely can see their face. If you can't recognize their face, what's the likelihood you'll know his number? Seems pointless and it just clutters up the front of the jersey.

And now that I've seen players wearing 'em, I'm liking them less. The number on the front is even smaller than I expected. The crest seems too small or a bit too high. And I never did like the new logo to begin with. Maybe my opinion will change once I see 'em in action. But unless they make it to the Cup Finals, I'm sticking with my circa '97 teal #11 Nolan jersey with the All-Star patch.

Alex said...

decent... i LOVE the logo, but i don't know about it on a really retro jersey. retro isn't bad, but a super retro jersey with a super modern logo just doesn go well.

blueshark said...

Artymous-

I own a '91 away jersey and they are light blue teal as were the '91 replica retros that I saw being sold at the Sharks store. I also own a '99-2000 away jersey and they are dark blue teal. There is a difference in teal color. These new ones I have not seen in person, but from all the different pics I can see it looks to have a more lighter greenish teal, hence it is not dark blue teal like last years, therefore it is a downgrade. Sorry, but that's my opinion, and can you make the jersey any worse with front facing numbers? If you thought it couldn't get any worse, it just did. So to each their own.

BTW, last year's Sharks home jersey was introduced as a 3rd jersey in '96-'97 and was used as the regular jersey in '97-'98 so that gives it a run from '96-'07 which is twice as long a run as the original striping, I would say that was a more successful design that was more popular with the fans.

Artymous said...

The length of the run is irrelevant.

I also own a '91 away jersey, and in different lighting, it takes on different aspects of hue.

When I see a Sharks game in the tank, the number of people wearing both styles of jerseys (and the black), is pretty much even. There are a ton of '91-'98, and a ton of '98-'07. (I'm using dates that correspond to the jersey's actual use as a full-time home/away. '98 crossed over).

What it comes down to *is* personal opinion, so glad you made that critical connection.

The original jerseys, at the time, served as a spring-board for fashion in the NHL. They were unique, (yet classical), and quickly became best sellers among fans throughout the league. The Sharks then capitalized again on a 3rd jersey design that outclassed everything else in the 3rd jersey program, and fan support was large enough for them to decide to change. I was sad, but life moved on. Now, reebok has moved in and the whole league has got caught up in new hype, and the Sharks took another opportunity to re-invent themselves... which, if rumor is to be believed, they were going to do *anyway*. Now you're sad, and life will still move on. The Sharks are Dead, Long Live the Sharks. :)

A Different Tyler said...

As a Sharks fan since day one, I'm disappointed. I had so much hope for these new jerseys, seeing as the previous design was so original. Now we get this retro fad that doesn't mix with the new cartoon logo. AND the goddam numbers are on the front! I don't hate this jersey, but I don't like it. There was serious potential for this jersey....

Here's hoping their 3rd jersey is a great design that becomes the new home one in a few years...

Artymous said...

Oh.. and no, last year's jersey wasn't used as a regular jersey until '98-'99.

I attended a Sharks playoff game against the Stars in the spring of '98, and have photos from that game, and they are wearing the original uniform. Also, you can check www.nhluniforms.com as well.

Sephiroth said...

I have to mention that the quality of the comments here on NHLTOL is very hight.

No other site can claim to have this quality of comments, and the absurb-stupid-agressive comments are nowhere to be found.

The NHL may be in poor shape, but fans seems to be absolutely top-notch.

sacredblue said...

This is the best jersey the Sharks have ever had, as far as I'm concerned. And if they were to get a serious logo instead of the present comical one, I'd like this jersey a lot.

blueshark said...

Artymous-
No you're right I was off by a year, it's been so long I couldn't remember the exact year. Either way last year's design was still in use longer than the original striping and is much better and should not have been messed with for this new god-awful jersey.

Robin Brown said...

These are cool except for the fact that the same logo is on the jersey 3 times. The "full shark" on the shoulders is not significantly different from the chest logo. The fin should definitely be on the shoulders. Weird.

Artymous said...

blueshark -

I respect that opinion.

I'm still mourning the original jersey, so I know where you're coming from.

Here's to an alternate we can both, hopefully, appreciate in '09 :)

LB said...

I agree with the dissenters, this new jersey is pretty brutal. They took the Manitoba Moose jersey of a few years ago and tweaked the colors slightly, added the cartoon shark, and put the numbers on the front. Glhf sharks fans.

Drew Celestino said...

Personally, I LOVE those. Retro, but somehow modern.

Take it from a Sabres fan, it could be much worse. I'd KILL for the Sabres to adopt such a classy uniform.

Susan said...

I like everything about the jersey, except the orange.

Matthew said...

It's not really working for me. It just feels like they mismashed the new logo to a retro jersey without really considering how well the two will work together. There's definately far worse out there but it maintains the status quo of the RBK jerseys being a step down.

Kindred said...

Great New Logo + Retro-Styled Horizontal Striped Jersey = WTF?!?!?!?!

This logo feels cramped now on the front... there's no flow, no smoothness.

I too like the full shark logo..... but not on the shoulders. That new revised fin in the surf diamond is awesome!!!!! It shouldn't be hidden!

Johnny said...

Hey, they got it right! Hopefully, I'll get one of those in the near future- this is right up there with the original jerseys in terms of excellence!

BreAnn said...

I saw them in action tonight at the Teal & White scrimage STH game and I did not like them. The arm colours look like arm bands. The white jerseys from behind under the lights on the ice look like StL Blues jerseys from the back.

I am disappointed and I don't know if I will get used to those things they are wearing now.

Peter said...

Hey guys,
I've been keeping pace with your comments and I have decided to chime in.

I have to express an opinion that I feel none of you have. If you have and I have skimmed your opinion, apologies.

I feel alienated by the sharks new jerseys. I do not feel this way because of the sweater's apparent anachronisms but because of the colors. Yes, yes, we've all heard how many people differ in opinions on the addition of the orange. Yet, I do not just see this as a gripe towards color selection. I genuinely feel like I am looking at a different team. It is how a North Stars fan must have felt when he looked at the Wild. Or a Jets fan felt when they got their other team in Winnipeg. I feel as if the addition of the orange really alters the appearance and persona of the entire organization. It is not just a revamping of the sweater and logo but it is a wholesale recreation of the image of the organization.

I know, i know, its just a color. Yet, the whole reason we invest in jerseys and logo's as merchandise is because we identify with them. We are comfortable with the image and it becomes a piece of us. Now, that image is drastically different. Not only is it just different but, to me, its been so negatively altered that it is very disappointing.

I am sort of dreading my first trip to the tank this season. I wont even recognize the jerseys on the rink and I really wont even like them. Ugh, what a sour taste in my mouth.

It all makes me really frustrated.

Whoever was in the focus groups for these jerseys ought to have been ignored.

Chrisi said...

Wow, I think these jerseys look great. The orange is going to take some getting used to, especially for long time Sharks fans, but these look really sharp. I'm actually surprised that RBK took a team who had a more modern jersey to begin with and went with a retro look. So far, it seems to have been the other way around with teams that had retro jersey styles getting a modern twist.

As far as Peter's comment about not being able to identify with the team, I guess as a Sabres fan I can relate to a certain extent. Back when the team changed from the original jerseys to the buffalo head logo and the red, black, and white jerseys, it took people awhile to get used to the change. Not only had our beloved logo been changed, but we had a whole new color scheme to go with it as well as a more modern style jersey. Now we're adjusting again to the old color scheme of blue, gold, and white and the "Buffaslug" logo. I guess sometimes it can be hard when the look of you favorite team is constantly changing, but rest assured that you can still show up at games and support your team in the old jerseys and nobody is going to mock you for it. For me, going to a Sabres' game and seeing fans in the wide variety of jerseys we had over the years is actually pretty neat.

Darryl said...

I like these jerseys. These guys could teach the jersey people from Edmonton and Dallas a thing or two.

Masik said...

After another look, it's more like the San Jose Dolphins. I'm sticking with last year's jersey.

_ said...

!
not nice! the orange is real ugly.

the old teal uniform was one of the best, why change it ?

and with the numbers on the chest, the players look plain dumb.

bad design. this will disapear in 2-3 years.

LittleFury said...

Sharks fans are funny. This uni is the best of all the non-Original Six teams. As an Oilers fan, I'd be pleased as punch if my team had gone with a classic design like that instead of picking a template from the Reebok-O-Matic Jersey Selector. The orange is great, really brightens up what was a dull, monochromatic scheme. The only negatives are the shoulder crests (shoulda gone with the fin) an dthe numbers on teh front (who are teh ad wizard sthat came up with that one?), but overall, that's a great new look.

Nathan said...

I HATE TEAL!!!

I love the jersey design and style. I am a fan of the classic look with horizontal striping. But no matter what the design, as long as the Sharks use teal as their main colour I will hate their jerseys.

dovi0917 said...

In my humble opinion it is the best switch of any new logo/colours NHL uniforms. The Sharks introduced a great refresh look and they keeped the bottom stripes which is great compare to jersey like the new Maple Leafs one which looks boring because it is almost unicolor.

sharksfan7 said...

Here are some pictures of both home and away jerseys from the intrasquad Teal & White game the other night and last nights preseason game against the Kings.

Teal & White game
Sharks@Kings

After seeing them in action I have to say I still don't like 'em. And not surprisingly, there isn't one picture where the numbers on the front of the jersey help identify the player any more than if the numbers weren't there. Absolutely pointless to put them on the front.

Luciano said...

As the Sharks are my favorite american NHL team I do like them. Not a big fan of the orange though. as for the logo, I prefered the old one. Overall, I do like it, but I gotta say that it is my least favorite one out of their 3 different jerseys in their 16 years history. Will I buy one? Probably not. Would I buy either of their previous one? I'd love to! So, again, I hope CCM will keep making the old jerseys!

Ogre said...

I think these uniforms are horrendous. Sorry, Sharks fans.