Welcome to the "Re-Imagining The NHL" project created by Cole Jones. Cole has been great enough to allow Days of Y'Orr to post his idea on different teams with his spin on them. You can follow Cole on Twitter. Please feel free to comment on the team below. Feel free to read the official announcement of the project here. Since neither Cole or Days of Y'Orr consider this team our "home team", we will do our best to bring in a fan of the team described to get their thoughts. Today we were lucky enough to get input from Chris who represents Nightmare On Helm Street.
If you haven't checked out our other teams, visit the Re-Imagining the NHL team page
. The team page will be updated daily with every team we update. So before we take a look at the uniforms, lets take a look at Cole's comments on the Red Wings.Cole's comments:
I present for your consideration the Detroit Red Wings.
Call me lazy, or call me a traditionalist, but I barely did a single thing to the home or road. The only thing even worth noting is the hem stripes, which I always felt looked incredibly awkward on the Reebok jersey cut. When all you've got a single stripe, I see no reason why it shouldn't follow the contour of the hem. crucify me if you must, Wings fans but I just think this minor alteration looks a ton better.
The meat of this concept lies within the alternate uniform. I made a rule for myself when I started this project, and that's that every single team MUST
have an alternate sweater. That means Montreal, New jersey, Detroit...everyone
. The problem with doing an alternate for detroit is their color palette. There's only so many things you can do with one red marker on a white piece of paper. This led me to debate with myself what other colors could possibly be used for a Red Wings sweater that wouldn't be universally
rejected by all of hockey tradition. Silver was a given. If their marketing department had a hard time selling silver on Wings fans, they'd probably just have to call it "stanley cup silver" and their fan base would eat it up. That gave me one other color, but I wasn't done. I considered black for about half a second, before I realized that they aren't the Detroit Lions and shouldn't ever put themselves on that level. Then I considered purple (from the octopus logo) and realized that was just ridiculously ugly and cartoony for a team like Detroit. That's when I remembered the 2-tone red all-star sweaters and how nice I thought they looked on the ice, despite never being a fan of any 2-tone non-blue uniforms.
Now with the colors out of the way, it was time to focus on the design. I didn't want to go straight throwback, because there's no creativity or fun in that on my end. So I decided to draw inspiration from their history as the Detroit cougars/falcons and come up with a somewhat modern uniform with deep roots in detroit hockey history. I hope you like what I came up with. I like it more than I expected to.
After the jump, the Red Wings...