As we all know, the much-anticipated outdoor game at Dodger Stadium is getting closer and closer. As part of the NHL’s inaugural Stadium Series, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will be squaring off on Saturday, January 25 at the home of the MLB’s Dodgers.
While fans of both teams are excited about the game itself, those fans have also been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the jerseys both teams will wear at January’s end. The wait finally ended on Tuesday, just hours before the first meeting of the season between the Kings and Ducks.
On the Los Angeles jersey, the Kings decided to use their secondary crown logo and put different shading on the emblem to give it a little bit of a kick. The logo is on a grey jersey with black trim at the top. On the right shoulder is the Stadium Series logo with a new-look “LA” secondary logo on the left.
In addition, the trim on the arms and bottom of the jersey are similar to that of the Kings’ current road jerseys while, as a vintage touch, laces were added at the upper front of the jersey directly below the NHL logo.
If you didn’t like that, please understand that I have never described an NHL (or from any other league for that matter) jersey before.
At first glance, I didn’t know what to think. Up until the New York Islanders unveiled their uniform for their own Stadium Series game, I was under the assumption that teams participating in outdoor games had to wear vintage jerseys. Suffice to say the annual Winter Classic as well as the Heritage Classic north of the border have had a profound effect on me. With that said, I was expecting either Los Angeles’s blue-and-gold or, to complement the old Duck mask over the green triangle logo the Ducks franchise sported for the first 13 years of their existence, the Kings would revive the Chevrolet-type logo they used from 1988 to 1998. For fans who expected either one of the two designs were disappointed by the new jersey but over time, most fans will likely get used to the new duds.
At first glance, I didn’t like the new jerseys. But looking over it, I decided that I did, in fact, like the Kings’ new uniforms. With that said, I was hoping for the revival of the Chevrolet-type logo but I’m not terribly disappointed that the Kings decided to go a different route.
As for the Ducks’ Stadium Series jerseys, they took the D logo on their current alternates and went with all-orange uniforms and while orange certainly isn’t a popular colour, I love them. There’s just something about the jerseys that gives it the vintage look while staying modern all at the same time.
The varying opinions are still coming in on both uniforms as we are just seven weeks away from the drop of the puck at Dodger Stadium where both teams will plan to win in their respective new unis.