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Hockey gloves - The lost art of the fashion statement. ( Now with juicy updates!)

Editor's Note: This is a great example of a great FanPost. love the historical tie-ins and the love for the Yotes and Sharks (Except on Sharks/Yotes gamedays)

 

I made this on the Sharks blog page, but I'm a 'Yotes fan as well, and I figured I'd share this just so some people could get a little kick out of it.  Hope you enjoy.

Growing up in San Jose, I started playing ice hockey 4 years before the San Jose Sharks were even a reality.  With the Northern California Bay Area far from a hockey hotbed, resources for learning about professional hockey were limited to the Long Island-based Sportschannel ( all Isles, all the time! ), and hockey cards.  Being all of 10 years old, I was like any other kid eager to learn. I memorized stats, knew which country each player was from, and could tell you what style each player was known for.  But the one thing that really sparked my interest on each hockey card was the difference in each players' gloves. Some wore beefy, short-cuffed gauntlets, some wore sleek, long-cuffed gloves that seemed to wrap around the stick as if it were part of their anatomy.  I could tell you which brand almost every player wore, if it was made of leather or nylon, and what colors they were.  Even as an adult, I still get a little giggly when trying on a new pair of mitts.

   These days, the technology that goes into making hockey gloves is far superior than what it was 20+ years ago, everything from the materials used to the scientific process of blending form and function.  But in the NHL, it seems that style has been thrown out the window by a majority of teams, making the styling of gloves a thing of the past.  As of this writing, 10 NHL teams sport an all black glove motif.  Let me re-word that , so that you can sense my extreme boredom. ONE THIRD of all NHL teams wear gloves that are black, and nothing else ( except maybe some lettering. Whoopty doo).  In no particular order, these teams are : Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, San Jose, Chicago, Philadephia, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh.

 

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( Don't worry, Sid. The monotony puts me to sleep, too.)

    How about teams wearing all blue gloves?  I count  8.  Those teams would be:

Atlanta, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, NYI, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver.

 

Heck, I could go on and on about the solid color scheme 21 out of the 30 NHL teams have predominantly adopted, but what if we could change that?   As I said before, the technology of hockey has made vast improvements over the years, so why not bring back a little variety?  With a little bit of creativity, any team can create a memorable look, even if they only use it once in awhile.

 How about the original 6 adopting the old-school, brown leather look? After all, they all had leather-brown gloves at some point in their early days.

Detroit, Boston, Toronto, Chicago,  NYR,  and Montreal could all rock these bad boys whenever they face each other:

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via ep.yimg.com   ( Yes, they are brand new ) 

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( Throwback gloves! Remeniscent of yesteryear, right ?)

 

 

  How about Phoenix playing along with the desert theme, and adding a radical rattlesnake look?

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Okay, maybe that's  stretchin' it...  But as you can see, the option IS there if someone wanted to explore it.  Score an empty netter for Technology.

 

But one of the most intriguing reasons I thought of this post was the San Jose Sharks.  From  1967-1976, Northern California was home to another hockey team, The California/Oakland Golden Seals.  And for a brief time, the Seals wore white skates. 

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via www.hockeytalk.biz

 

 The thought of wearing white skates was laughable until the mid-1990's, when Nike used Sergei Fedorov as their spokesman for their first forray into the hockey business.  The result?  Kids in every rink wanted a pair.

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( Little did he know, but Sergei was the first Russian in the NHL to be big pimpin')

 

So, maybe as an homage to the previous hockey team in NorCal, or maybe just to deter from the fact that 80% of their division wears all black gloves, I was thinking......  Why not white gloves for the Sharks?  The All-Star game last year featured white gloves with colored cuffs for the Western Conference, and I thought they were rather sharp looking.

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(  Hey!  I know those guys! )  

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( Somethin' for the 'Yotes fans)

 

Now, what if the Sharks wore those white gloves once in awhile, with the same black cuff that currently resides on their all black counterparts?  I realize that some hockey purists  would cringe at the thought, but it's obvious to most that times are a changin'.  Here's some terrible mockups I did ( forgive the poor MS Paint skills. You get the idea):

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Personally, I'm sold.  The only team in the NHL badass enough to rock those?  Where else would be more fitting than San Jose?  It's a solid argument that San Jose, due to the hockey history in the Bay Area, should get first crack at the predominantly white look.  And if you disagree with me, I'll slew foot you.

 

 But agree with me or not on San Jose, I'm personally a fan of the all white look.  It adds some flash to what has become an overlooked facet of the game.

 

  As you can see, When it comes to options, the sky's the limit.     Kids these days don't realize how great we had it.  But ask any rabid, 11 year old hockey fan these days, I'm sure they could tell you how great it could be.

 

Just don't listen to them if their argument is "not as good as these" beauties:

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via ep.yimg.com

 

Now, I leave it up to you.  What would you want to see?  Anaheim or Philly in Orange?  Boston in bright yellow?  More two-tone gloves?  Dallas in gold?  L.A. in pink? ( Eheeh!)

 

~ Joel



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( UPDATE OF AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

 

Look at Montreal’s gloves for their "barber pole" jerseys from last year ( yes, that's Robert Lang, currently of the Phoenix Coyotes )

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And look at their gloves from last night’s ‘barber pole’ game:

SOMEONES LISTENING IN MONTREAL! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO! ONE DOWN FIVE TO GO!

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