The lack of any NHL action so far this season has a lot of us turning to the American Hockey League for our hockey fix. And the variety of specialty sweaters that pop up in the minors is fascinating. I've been covering them a lot lately here on the blog.
Today I decided to check up on all 30 AHL clubs and compile a list of theme jerseys in the pipeline. Turns out, there are quite a few. But be aware that this list is not comprehensive as I'm relying on promotional calendars posted to the individual team websites. They may or may not be complete.
- 12/15: Peoria Rivermen, Jersey Auction
Rivermen will wear winning jersey from a fan design contest held over the summer.
- 12/22: Connecticut Whale, Military Night, Teddy Bear Toss & Jersey Auction
Jersey theme for Whale is unclear but an auction suggests a special design.
- 12/22: Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Lumberjacks Night
Throwback to old IHL team that played in Cleveland, 1992—2001.
- 12/27–28: Milwaukee Admirals, Retro Jersey Auction
Commemorating 35 years of pro hockey with retro jersey from 1979-80.
Auction proceeds to benefit Power Play Foundation.
- 12/31: Grand Rapids Griffins, New Year's Eve Celebration
Traditionally, the Griffins wear something special on the last night of the year. This year is no different.
- 1/16, 18, 19: Chicago Wolves, Military Appreciation Jersey Auction
Jersey auction and raffle to be held over three nights.
- 1/19: Rockford IceHogs, Pink in the Rink Night
IceHogs will wear special pink jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.
- 1/26: Lake Erie Monsters, Hawaiian Beach Party Night (special jersey)
Does this mean a Hawaiian-style jersey? It's also Boy Scout Night at this game.
- 2/1: Oklahoma City Barons, Special Olympics Night
Theme night includes post-game jersey auction.
- 2/2: Worcester Sharks, Pink in the Rink
Sharks will wear a special pink jersey. Post-game auction proceeds to benefit Cup Crusaders.
- 2/9: Charlotte Checkers, Pink in the Rink
Checkers join the pink jersey party on the same night they welcome the Girl Scouts. Coincidence?
- 2/9: Manchester Monarchs, Pink in the Rink Night
Monarchs will wear pink and purple on this night.
- 2/23: Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Browns Night
Could this concept actually become a reality?!
- 2/23: Worcester Sharks, Specialty Jersey Night
No word on the jersey design but post-game auction proceeds will benefit Autism Resource Center of Central Massachuetts.
- 3/9, 10, 17: Chicago Wolves, St. Patrick's Day Jersey Auction
Wolves will wear commemorative green jerseys for three home games in March.
Auction proceeds to benefit Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities.
- 3/16: Binghamton Senators, St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Senators will wear special St. Patrick's Day jersey. Post-game auction to follow.
- 3/17: Hershey Bears, St. Patrick's Day Jersey Auction
Bears will presumably be wearing green prior to the auction.
- 3/17: Lake Erie Monsters, Monsters Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (special jersey)
Probably safe to assume the Monsters will be sporting green.
- 3/17: Peoria Rivermen, St. Patrick's Day with the Rivermen
Rivermen will wear special [green] jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.
- 3/30: Norfolk Admirals, MDA Jersey Auction Night
No word on jersey design, but if there's an auction it's probably something special.
Auction proceeds to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- 4/6: Peoria Rivermen, Blues Specialty Jersey Night
Rivermen will wear special Blues jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.
- 4/13: Lake Erie Monsters, Autism Awareness Night
Monsters will wear special blue jerseys for this game.
If there are any other jersey nights I missed, drop me a line and I'll be sure to add them.
Just updated this list based on what you guys let me know about. Thanks for that! We're now at 25 so the headline is no longer accurate. Whoops.