Preview: Ducks, Avs third jerseys; Avs-Red Wings Stadium Series duds

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Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, new jerseys revealed
Tuesday August 11th, 2015

It's no secret that both the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche are planning to debut new alternate jerseys for the 2015-16 season, but the direction each team is pursuing has remained a mystery.

Until now.

The folks over at Icethetics say they have secured an exclusive first look at the new threads.  And they are, well, kind of a mixed bag.

If these prove to be the real deal—and it’s all speculation until they are officially revealed—then Anaheim kinda let us down after the big tease. Sure, the new third features the team’s classic Mighty Ducks logo, which is awesome, but it’s on an orange base that recalls last season’s Stadium Series design. No way around it—that’s not going to be easy on the eyes. In fact, it may be the worst base color choice since the putrid yellow that was used by the Sabres two years ago. But hey, at least the Ducks are going all in on their playoff “Paint It Orange” theme, right?

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Colorado’s reputed thirds have issues as well, but they’re a massive upgrade over the team’s recent wordmark alternates. The logo pays homage to the state flag, which is a nice touch, and the base is both darker than the Avs’ traditional steel blue and distinct from any other team’s shade. The white shoulders are a bit awkward, both in shape and color, but all in all it’s a decent enough look.

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Shortly after this story broke, Chris Creamer at revealed what he claims are the Stadium Series jerseys set to be worn by Detroit and Colorado when they clash at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016.

They’re something, alright.

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Not sure what’s up with those sashes, or why someone thought both sweaters should have them, but that state flag logo really pops on the white Avs jersey. And that winged D? It’s sure to offend some purists, but it’s nice to see a team that’s had basically the same logo for 70 years mix it up for a special occasion.

Hard to fully assess them without knowing what the piping, shoulders and numbering will look like, but there’s a chance for these to be halfway cool.

So, what do you think?

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