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Ever since Kailer Yamamoto and other draftees donned the Oilers new orange sweater at the draft, a ton of fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on their own jersey. The NHL played coy all summer though making most fans to wait until Friday, more on that in a minute. I have to admit the Oilers were slick in debuting the white jersey, what a better way to do it than having your super star inking a contract for the prime of his career wearing it. The Adidas jersey will be synonymous with Connors career just as the Nike ones were with the Great one.
The Oilers are playing their cards close to their chest on the details of the jersey launch, including their staff at their official Oilers store location in Kingsway scratching their heads as well. I chatted with a member of their team yesterday he told me that the Pro jersey blank would run me $200. I asked if they would have jerseys with names, and would they have ladies and kids? He said he knew just as much as I did. He wasn’t aware if they were going to receive a ton of stock so he suggested that I pre order the jersey and then I could exchange it if they had ones with names or send it out for stitching. He also speculated that a name kit would cost anywhere between $50 – $100 extra.
Just FYI I don’t suggest that you pre order this jersey without trying it on unless you’re down to make a return. If you’ve ever tried on the Nike, CCM, and Reebok jerseys, they all fit differently. I’m very interested to see how the Adidas ones fit.
Today the team announced via their twitter that they would be launching it at their store in Kingsway as well as at Rogers Place. I will more than likely wander down there to take a look and possibly purchase my jersey, I tend to like the men’s fit better, you can easily wear a hoodie under it to the game or at the outdoor rink.
The one thing that the NHL seems to be trying to tackle with these jerseys is trying to stop people from capitalizing knockoffs. They’ve added more technological security advances in the jerseys to help spot a fake, but let’s be real, those big ass puffy numbers give it away. The old Reebok fan jerseys had a tag in the bottom corner for “authenticity”, it was incredibly easy for China jerseys to create. The new jerseys have a plastic looking bulge in the bottom corner, you can see it on the Oilers jersey below, that is apparently scannable. Whether that’s via an app or what we have yet to learn. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the big plastic looking thing, but maybe I’ll change my mind when I see it in person.
I really like the look of the Oilers jersey, I don’t mind the darker blue, again it will be something that is synonymous with Connor. The one thing that I didn’t dig is the white dots in the numbers, I’m speculating that this is for air flow AND security purposes.
What do you think of the Oilers new jerseys? How do you feel about the way that they’re rolling them out? Will you buy one? Answer one or more of these questions by replying or shooting me a tweet @nooorzy.