Ready For Liftoff

The Winnipeg Jets unveiled their new jersey on Tuesday, the last mystery surrounding the new franchise.

Ed Millerby Ed Miller

The Winnipeg Jets let fans and the media in on the last little secret the team had been keeping for months, by unveiling their new jerseys on Tuesday but this was not your typical ceremony.  This unveiling was outside with military planes, service men and women in uniform and the sound of planes flying overhead.  The jersey finally gives the team an identity after months of secrecy on what their outfits would look like.

It all began when captain Andrew Ladd and teammates Nik Antropov, Mark Stuart and Eric Fehr stepped off a CF-18 jet, sporting the team’s new attire, as a swarm of military personnel and media looked on.

The Jets’ jersey is mainly inspired from the Royal Canadian Air Force, who has the classic shades of blue.  The home jersey is a dark blue called “Polar Night Blue” which surrounds the team logo that is centered in the middle of the sweater, while a lighter shade of blue called “Aviator Blue” provides the trim.   When the team heads on the road, they will be sporting a white jersey with a centered logo that has the two shades of blue on not only the shoulders, but the sleeves as well.

"I think they're great," Ladd said moments before the ceremony.  "They're clean, they're simple. It's hopefully something that will last a long, long time and we'll be proud to wear."

Now that all of the pizzazz about the Jets surprises is behind them, it is time to focus on what every NHL team focuses on – winning a Stanley Cup.  The team will begin camps sometime next week like most teams and will then kick of their season October 9, against the Montreal Canadiens.  One thing is for certain, they’ll look damn good no matter if they win or lose!

"I think we were extremely focused, and we have a great design team. (Jets owner) Mr. Chipman and the organization were extremely focused with the tight timeline. It's teamwork, and I think that's how we approach all of our projects. We're all there for the same goal at the end of the day."

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.