Players wore new Reebok jerseys in a contest for the first time at the NHL all-star game Wednesday night. Most said they felt comfortable in the sleek uniforms, made with more modern material that is lighter, cooler and more water-resistant. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, who is sponsored by Reebok and worked on the project's development last summer, said he noticed a difference.
"You can obviously tell that everyone is not soaked out there," Crosby said. "So that's a nice feeling."
The uniforms have been three years in development and will be used by all 30 NHL teams next season. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier can't wait to put them on every game.
"I love 'em," he said. "We tried them in practice maybe two or three months ago.
"I love them, they're definitely lighter, you just feel better and it seems like you're moving better too. Everything is positive."
A few players noted it took some time to get used to the tighter fit, but that was the only real gripe.
"I didn't feel restricted, I didn't feel there was a big change in the way they felt," said Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams. "I would call it an improvement."
Players wore the new uniforms during Tuesday's skills competition, a day after they were officially unveiled by the league.
"When everybody goes to them, I don't think you're going to get many complaints," said Montreal Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray. "They don't absorb water, I mean you can feel it - it's pretty unbelievable.
"The socks were really comfortable and the pants were good. Everything was really positive."