Posted by: puckdrawn | March 31, 2009

Penguins ditch their baby blue jerseys

Well, the poor wittle Penguins are not doing so well in their baby blues, so they’re ditching them for the baby blacks and baby whites.

SOURCE: post-gazette.com – Powder blue jerseys in the closet for the rest of the year

The Penguins proved through the first three-quarters of the season that there are many ways to lose hockey games.

Sometimes, they were beaten because their team defense was leaky.

Occasionally, the culprit was subpar goaltending.

And far more often than anyone would have expected last fall, a power play that fizzled cost them victories.

There were other factors, too. Some suspect tactical and personnel decisions, for example, along with lapses in concentration and discipline.

And, to hear some segments of the fan base tell it, the team’s powder blue third jerseys were at least part of the problem, too. The Penguins are 3-5-2 when wearing them this season.

While there’s no way to dispute those numbers, it’s quite a stretch to suggest that the sweaters a team wears for a given game could have a meaningful impact on its performance.

The point is moot, though, because the powder blue sweaters have been mothballed until next season. After wearing them 10 times in 29 home games between mid-November and last Sunday, the Penguins have decided to stick with their regular uniforms for the balance of the regular season and the playoffs.

Not necessarily because of any ill fortune associated with their third jerseys — one team executive noted, quite accurately, that the Penguins routinely found ways to sputter and stumble through much of this season, no matter what they had on — but to avoid overexposure.

There are no plans to alter or replace the team’s primary color scheme (black and Las Vegas gold) or to dump the powder blue third sweaters, which were developed by the NHL for the outdoors game in Buffalo Jan. 1, 2008, and subsequently adopted by the Penguins after fans were so quick to embrace them.

While there is nothing but anecdotal evidence, team officials believe they have the most popular third jerseys in the league. At the very least, they have been a major marketing success, so popular that the Penguins opened a second team store at Mellon Arena to deal with the demand.

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Responses

  1. Good. Baby blue is a good color for a jersey, just not for the penguins.

  2. Baby blue is bad for ANY team. Geez. Blue is a GREAT color for a uniform, but any time you powder/baby it up, it loses its “toughness”. Just imagine the Red Wings playing in pink jerseys. Yipes! Same thing.

  3. There’s plenty of great baby blue jerseys that look tough, just not in the NHL (sorry ATL). It’s all about having dark striping with the light primary color. They have to treat baby blue, yellow, and teal like they are a white jersey when adding in all of the striping and details to make it a successful jersey.

  4. I agree that powder blue in a uniform can work. However, the amount of baby blue is key in my opinion. It is fine in other sports though – like baseball for example. In hockey or football, I don’t think baby blue should be your primary color. Accent color? Sure.

    I’m curious which non-NHL team used baby blue as a primary successfully…

  5. The Penguins uniform looked really good, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that color of blue. I’m also not obsessed with the idea that a jersey needs to look tough or scary.

  6. I like the blue a lot better than the black and white and pale yellow.

  7. I hate black jerseys, but I sorta don’t have a problem with the old black/yellow scheme back when Lemieux broke in with the Pens.

    I don’t think jerseys should look “scary” … there’s already a bunch of those, but scary on a different level – a bad design level.

    I’m definitely in the camp of jerseys should have a certain toughness to them. I also think the instigator penalty should be ditched and bench-clearing brawls should be allowed again. So…

  8. […] making a lot of money and are very popular with fans. Is this the real reason why the Penguins are ditching them for the rest of the […]


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