Late last week, we broke news of what the Kings will wear at the 2015 Stadium Series game against the Sharks next February. Similar to when we were the first to leak the Kings jerseys for last year’s outdoor game vs. the Ducks, reaction has been split. Some fans seem to like the out of the box thinking putting into the design, while others have been highly critical. That really isn’t much of a surprise, as (a) no matter what, you can’t please everybody and (b) if there is one thing hockey fans passionately love to debate it’s the fashion level of a particular team’s sweater.
One thing that several readers seemed to enjoy on both occasions was the amount of work that goes in behind the scenes to break such stories. Often, like with trade talk, you get little nuggets from various sources and you have to weave them together, continually checking one against the other, until it all comes together. in other situations, like when we’ve leaked information about the Kings plans for HockeyFest or a two-game series at Frozen Fury, the information all comes to us in what could best be described as a nice little package.
Back to the jersey news, operating in parallel with us trying to get the scoop on the Kings outdoor jerseys for the game at Levi’s Stadium were efforts to gather information on what San Jose was planning to wear, as well. Out initial intel several weeks ago, which was rock solid, said they would be wearing teal. Nothing more was confirmed at the time, but were led to believe they would go with a look similar to the Ducks design from Dodger Stadium, where minimal striping would be used. We never ran with that part of the story, partly because we believed such a jersey would look too similar to the all-teal home jersey they already have…
We then thought, perhaps, they would go with a different crest if that was the case for the base jersey. Specifically, we pondered, what if the “SJ” design we had heard was for a shoulder patch was actually for the front of the jersey? Thus, the following concept was created by our artist, Justin Cox…
Once we had locked down that the Kings were using a two-tone approach, we started kicking around the idea of San Jose doing something similar. Again, also thinking they might be going with some sort of an alternate crest, we had the following two concepts in the works…
Alas, before Cox had ever finished the above concepts and we had a chance to publish as speculation, the real information surfaced and was published as an update to our detailed article on the Kings jersey plans (see here).
There was one additional note that was not included in that initial article last week. The crest used on the Kings 2015 outdoor jersey will be slightly different than the one used on their current home and road jerseys. It isn’t “flat” like the chrome crown on last year’s outdoor jersey either. It’s sort of a hybrid, as it has some sheen to it, ala the chrome look from Dodger Stadium. Yet, this one will be more 3D like and have some embroidered elements to it.
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