The Chicago Blackhawks will play in their second Winter Classic this season when they take on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in DC. And yesterday the team revealed the sweaters they'll be wearing for the game.
On a quick glance, they don't look so different from what the team wears now. But designers went back more than 50 years for inspiration: The Winter Classic jerseys are inspired by what Chicago wore in 1957, with the C-crossed-with-tomahawks logo placed on the elbows rather than the shoulders. The other difference between this look and what the Hawks wear now is that it has lacing where the current away unis don't.
Here's a comparison of what the '57 jersey, the present-day away sweater, and the Winter Classic look:
Every year around Halloween, members of the Boston Bruins drop by Boston Children’s Hospital to surprise and meet some of the young patients. And when they arrive, the hockey players are in costume. Yesterday, Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski, Seth Griffith, Torey Krug, and Dougie Hamilton arrived dressed up as characters from the Disney movie Frozen.
Conventional NHL wisdom states that the Stanley Cup playoffs are a trial by fire, a test only the most grizzled veteran is prepared to face. But last season, it was Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, an 18-year-old rookie phenom, who brought the heat.
In the Avalanche's first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, MacKinnon posted 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over seven games. The real story, though, is inside the numbers. In the series opener, MacKinnon set up the tying goal with only 14 seconds left in regulation, then set up the winner in overtime. In Game 2's 4–2 Avalanche win, he figured in on all four Avalanche goals, assisting on three and scoring one himself. And in Game 5, he netted the overtime winner to give Colorado a 3–2 series lead.
Ultimately, the Wild kept MacKinnon off the scoresheet in Games 6 and 7 and eliminated the Avs. Still, the series was a showcase for MacKinnon and the skills that made him such a closely watched prospect for most of his life: explosive speed, great hands, and a wicked shot.
Something you learn growing up is that it can be hard asking someone out on a date. How do you do it? In person? Do you call them? Send a text? What if the person you want to go out with says no? It could be really embarrassing!
Now imagine how nerve wracking it would be to ask out a professional athlete — especially a superstar like Washington Capitals’ captain Alexander Ovechkin. Sounds impossible, right? Not for a 10-year-old die-hard Caps fan named Ann.
The NHL season is just around the corner (teams are already playing pre-season games!), which means it’s time for teams to show off some new units. The Pittsburgh Penguins did that last week when they debuted their retro third jersey. And yesterday, the Washington Capitals revealed what they will be wearing when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic.
The Caps will host the Hawks in the annual outdoor game at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day. When they hit the ice, they’ll do it in new sweaters that look pretty old — older than the franchise itself.
When the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, they’ll be wearing sweaters that haven’t been seen in more than 20 years.
Today, the Pens unveiled their new third jersey: a retro black-and-gold look that calls back to the team’s glory days of the late 1980s and early '90s:
Sports fans know Madison Square Garden as the home of the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty. But they might not know that MSG (and the teams that play in the arena) has a charitable organization associated with it, too.
The Garden of Dreams foundation is an organization that uses pro sports and MSG’s teams to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to underprivileged families and children. It launched in 2006 and today boasts 500 annual events, including last week’s Dream Week. The annual event gives kids a week’s worth of activities associated with the various parts of Madison Square Garden Company.