A couple of minor league teams are paying tribute to American and Canadian military forces with special camouflage jerseys. I know it's a good cause but these are some of the most hideous sweaters I've seen.
First, the AHL's Chicago Wolves. You can read more here.
The WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings also joined the fray. Further info available here.
From the honorable to the dishonorable now.
The ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers are taking a cheap shot at an embattled governor from across the continent. Don't know why they're getting involved, but regardless the Wranglers and Bakersfield Condors will taunt Rod Blagojevich when they face off on January 31.
The Las Vegas Sun revealed the jerseys that will be worn on the ice that night. The Wranglers will don black and white striped sweaters with "ILLGOV" and the player's number on the front shoulder.
The Condors will don solid orange to mimic the jumpsuits now worn by inmates. And wait for it... the refs will wear policeman jerseys to keep everybody in line.
Oh, the campiness.
I must say that despite my mockery, I'm actually quite impressed at the cleverness of this. Someone actually sat down and thought this through.
And yes it's goofy, but I'm sure those jerseys will more than accomplish their intended effect of giving everyone a laugh. Can't wait to see game action photos.
So do you guys have any thoughts regarding specialty jerseys like these? Personally, as long as they never find their way to the NHL, I'm not bothered. But they do provide us all good lessons in dreadful design.
I'm hoping to put together a new Concept Collage soon. Just haven't had the time to sit down and make one lately. I'll find the time eventually.
By the way, if you guys have spotted any other military-themed jerseys recently, shoot me an email with pictures or links to pictures and I'll update this post.
Of course we can't forget about the Brampton Battalion, whose standard home and road sweaters constantly pay military tribute.
If you've got any other pictures, feel free to send them along and I'll add them to this post.