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Hockey team debuts 'awful' denim jerseys

Posted by Jeff on November 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Uniqueness of the Saskatoon Blades' uniform is creating plenty of buzz on TV and online. See the denim duds.

Witness the Saskatoon Blades' denim hockey jerseys in the flesh

By Greg Wyshynski

As reported last week by Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy, the Saskatoon Blades both mortified and captured the imagination of the hockey world by announcing plans to wear a "denim jersey" on Friday, Nov. 12.

Previously, we've only seen an artist's rendering of what the jerseys would look like. Courtesy of the Blades, here are two players wearing the not-actually-denim sweaters the team will rock against their Western Hockey League rival Portland WinterHawks.

The jerseys -- designed by the team and a company called ProJoy -- were intended to be a celebration of the following weekend's Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canadian finals at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

Reactions to the team's Wrangler wear has been slightly less friendly than a steer-kick to the groin. From The Gazette:

"Some people aren't necessarily loving these things," Blades staffer Michael Scissons said with a smile, "but we never went out to design the nicest jersey in the world. We went out to design an event-specific, fun jersey. We knew that it wasn't going to rank in the top-10 nicest jerseys of all-time."

Seeing these things in reality rather than in concept, we can pretty much guarantee that. But it's all for a good cause, as these "Canadian tuxedos" will be auctioned off after the game.

How this wasn't paired with mandatory mullet night, we'll never know ...

Thanks again to the Blades for the image.

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