A New Look, A New Age

Thanks to the scientists at Reebok and the NHL and its players, there’s more to the Dallas Stars’ new jerseys than meets the eye.

You’ve probably noticed by now, assuming you haven’t been hiding under a rock somewhere, that your Dallas Stars have fancy new uniforms. Beautiful, aren’t they?But there is more to this high-tone, fashionable garb than meets the eye. Sure, they may look good, but beneath the surface is enough scientific mumbo jumbo involved to get even the eggiest of heads excited.

In short, these aren’t your daddy’s hockey uniforms.

First off, let’s talk aesthetics. Although the previous versions were popular both locally and around the league, the team has put together for this season what can only be described as a clean, almost retro look.

“It really is sharp when you take a look at it,” agreed Stars President Jim Lites about the description. “I like traditional. I don’t like a lot of junk. And, I think the fans are going to love it. I think it’s a great look.”

Gone is the star pattern across the bottom and sleeves that was the trademark of the previous jersey, replaced instead by smaller piping. The player’s number will be sewn both on the front and back of the uniform and the Stars logo on the white jersey is slightly smaller.

The biggest difference, however, is the elimination of the second sweater’s predominantly green color scheme of before. Now, the Stars will don black instead, harkening back to the appearance of the team when they first arrived on the Texas scene some 14 years ago.

“I always liked black, and we wore black in the beginning,” said Lites, who also enlisted Stars broadcaster Daryl Reaugh into the design process. “It makes the players look big, it’s intimidating and the fans like it. Remaining true to our history is going back to black.”

Part of the change to the black jersey will also include, for the first time ever, the addition of the word “Dallas” on the front instead of the normal Stars crest. Eventually a third jersey could come into play as well, which would feature Dallas on the whites.

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