New jerseys forget old traditions

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I am very disappointed in the lack of imagination reflected in the NHL's new 2007-08 uniforms. That dissatisfaction came to a head on December 10, when I got my first glimpse of the Tampa Bay Lightning's away sweaters. Apart from the logo on the front, and a little swipe of blue under the arms, it resembles many club’s practice jerseys.

With the deletion of horizontal stripes at the bottom of many other jerseys, one is reminded of sloppy dressers with their shirttails hanging out. Has shinny tradition been buried so deep that designers have totally forgotten the symbolism of those colored bands? It was originally meant to portray the fact that the game is played on a horizontal surface.

Add to that disparity the lines running from collar to waste, like rows of piping used for trim on garments, and one cannot help but recall the old-fashioned gym shirts of various colors that divided the troops for practice workouts.

To top it all off, there are the wide vertical stripes and the miniature numbers on the chest, seemingly copied from college football sweaters. The game is H-O-C-K-E-Y people!

Good for Detroit, Montreal, Chicago et al, who still remember that!

Glen R. Goodhand, Lindsay, Ont.

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