After the first 'real' images of the Ottawa Senators heritage sweater were leaked/photocopied by Icethetics from a Reebok catalogue a few weeks ago, Senators fans hoping for the actual release of the jerseys have had to be patient.
Despite the much ballyhooed 20th Anniversary Launch, it was made quite clear from the outset that the official reveal wouldn't be forthcoming until early early October. Or more specifically, prior to Thursday, October 13th when the Senators are scheduled to wear the new jerseys for the first time in competition against the Colorado Avalanche. As fans, we had a bit of a sneak peak when photos of a hotstove panel with season ticket holders was posted on the web.
While we still have to wait to see the entire thing, last night Icethetics posted Ottawa's alternate sweater and indicated that this is the actual colour scheme for the jersey. Note the use of the vintage white colour instead of the basic white.
The colour of the shoulder patches notwithstanding, they definitely correspond with the ones shown in this rendition. According to Icethetics...
The shoulder patches have been the source of much of the speculation surrounding this jersey since the team itself offered up a sneak peek back in March. I can report that there are two of them, both in the shape of a shield. One reads Ottawa Senators, the other is in French: Sénateurs d'Ottawa.
Simple is in. While some have critiqued the jersey for being too bland, it's a departure from the crappy 3-D logos and the busy 'SENS' alternate that I never cared for. Personally, I think they're clean and sharp looking. I can't wait to see what they'll look like live.
Too simple? Are people that daft? No sense of design whatsoever. Simple is timeless, versatile and memorable. To all the critics, you must be the type that put racing decals on your 94 civic hatchback and wear an Affliction shirt under your suit jacket to 'spice' things up.
This is the first Senators jersey I would be proud to wear. The off-white is the key colour in the palette. It instantly conveys heritage and tradition. I suspect this will be on my and many others wishlists this holiday season.