By Pat Hauldren
This week we are examining the new Dallas Stars from the top down, getting fans acquainted with their “new and improved” organization before regular season starts.
This is the first full hockey season for owner Tom Gaglardi and it looks to be an interesting one as he makes his mark on his team.
On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, dramatic changes to the Dallas Stars jersey were unveiled.
From a very uncreative black and white, the jersey is now more like a Stars jersey should be, green and white with black and white trim and a star behind the “D” on the front. Now, how hard was that to get a real Dallas Stars jersey design in play? (Obviously, it took them a while.)
Logo—the new logo is fine, a lot better than the old one with just “Dallas” and the jersey number underneath (the 2011-2013 season).
Remember the 2003-2006 jerseys? The green-and-white were my favorites, the “Dallas Stars” and a star underneath on the front (The black-and-green jerseys my second fave.)
Also remember that awful third jersey? The black alternate uniform where the crest was supposed to represent the constellation Taurus and instead, it looked more like a woman’s female reproductive organ and that lead to the crest’s nickname, “the Mooterus.” (I have one of those jerseys somewhere.)
That big star on the jersey, the one that looked like the star was draped over the jersey, two points down in front, one point on each shoulder and arm, began as an alternate uniform in the 1997-98 season. It resembled the jerseys worn in the mid-90s All-Star Games and, of course, the reason this jersey style is so near and dear to my hockey heart, it was the jersey worn when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999 (as if I have to tell you, right?).
The Dallas Stars brought the green, black, white and gold with them from Minnesota. For me, those colors pay homage to our hockey heritage—moving from Minnesota to Dallas. In the 1993-94 season, they Stars merely added a state of Texas patch on both shoulders and the word “Dallas” vertically on their pants inside the two green stripes. The word “Stars” was centered over the big green-lined-with-gold star on the front with the top tip of the star doing double duty as the “A” in “Stars.”
The new logo does represent the Stars, though, in a much more graphic-friendly way that our plain, black-and-white jerseys did–I call them Generic Jerseys, and I think that made us Generic Players. How much are players influenced by the jerseys they wear? Inquiring psychiatrists want to know—and bring us back to our green-white-black roots.
The “D” on the logo is beveled and embossed and white outlined in black on both the green and the white jersey. Do we need a “D” in the middle of a star? Eh. It’s OK. I can take it or leave it.
The star is smack dab in the middle of the jersey and no one will be wondering who those “starred” players are on the ice. It’s a five star image with only the star arms and points emerging from behind the big, capital “D” in the center.
The Jersey is old-school with a shoe string tie at the neck. Stripes line the forearms and the bottom just above the hem. The stripes on the green jersey are two white surrounding one black and on the white jersey, black, white, green from top down. (I’m glad they kept the stripes. It matches my office—green and white walls trimmed in black, white, gold, and green stripes.)
The green is a bit of a different green, less the dark green, giving it a brighter hue. Why this green? Again, we have green roots. This green is a a shade from our past, not a ghost, but the original green the Stars moved here with from the cold flatlands of Minnesota. (Maybe the Minnesotans originally used green as wishful thinking?) Many think this green will really stand out on high def TV. I hope so, because we want no one to miss the Stars as they win their way to the Cup, now do we?
This jersey has one thing missing—the gold. Gaglardi said that gold was a difficult color to work with and he said the stars aren’t really all that gold anyway.
“The other thing that bothered me is that if you look in the sky and look at a star, it’s more silver than gold,” said Gaglardi.
Not sure what he’s been smoking, but having gold as a trim color was a nice touch. However, having it a difficult color to work with in a jersey means it’s more expensive to work with and of course, we wouldn’t want that, now would we? Will that little extra change saved trickle down to the Stars jersey buyer? Don’t bet on it.
What’s so bad about this jersey?
I’m not really having a lot of bad reactions to the jersey myself. It’s better than the last one, that generic black-and-white jersey, but it’s no way as nice as our previous jersey with that deep green, bright white, black-as-black black, and that nice gold touch (gave it an elite trim in my mind.) It will take a little getting used to. If we make it to the playoffs, I’ll like it much better.
What’s good about this jersey?
Thank you Tom Gaglardi, we’re back to the basic Stars colors—green, black, white. (black and white, ug.) and did you know that this jersey was our very first logo made specifically in Dallas, Texas? Is that cool or what? The Stars organization said they filtered through 236 uniform variations before settling on this one. (I wonder what runner up looked like?)
What kept Gaglardi steered toward the more original Stars green and how much influence did Gaglardi actually have with the new design?
“Fan feedback,” he said.
So they do listen, sometimes.
We listen, too. What do you think of the new Dallas Stars jersey?