If you bought a Sharks sweater last year, your purchase is officially outdated. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not a throwback quite yet. At least they didn’t trade the player whose name dons the back of it … unless you bought a Ryane Clowe sweater. Or a Douglas Murray sweater.
Whispers of design changes started cropping up late last season, but today the club revealed their newest line of uniforms with some alterations they claim focus on “optimal performance on the ice.”
The sweaters are made of Play-Dry stretch fabric, with the most obvious changes being the absence of stripes at the waste and the black shoulder cap. The team says this is to decrease weight and improve speed.
But there are some less noticable changes:
- Both home and away sweaters will feature neckline lacing. Previously, the only Sharks sweaters to have neckline lacing were the black armor alternates.
- They removed the white and orange trim around the collar.
- There will no longer be a line of orange accents around the numbers and they have removed the bottom orange line on the arm stripes.
While I doubt how much faster players will be in these sweaters, fans are probably most excited about the limited orange features. It’s the biggest complaint I’ve seen being made about the Sharks look, and while it hasn’t been abolished completely, it’s less prominent now.
The away sweater appears to be the most improved. While the teal stole the show on the home sweaters, removing the shoulder caps and the stripes at the bottom gives the away whites a more clean, classic look. Simple is always better, and the Sharks are trending that direction with these subtle changes.