OHL’s Saginaw Spirit Unveil New Third Jersey

Written By:  •  Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League have unveiled their new alternate jerseys to be used beginning with the upcoming 2012-13 season.

The new uniforms are white with blue sleeves trimmed in red and also across the waist of the jersey, “SAGINAW” is diagonal across the front of the jersey NY Rangers style, a new shoulder patch has been added. A lace-up collar is also present.

New Saginaw Spirit shoulder patch, inspired by 5th anniversary logo from 2007/08

On the shoulder is a new logo, a variation of the Saginaw Spirit 5th anniversary logo used by the club in 2007/08.  The logo features the eagle from the Spirit primary logo complete with stars-and-stripes with a maple leaf in the background.  With this logo the Spirit are honouring both the United States (where they play their home games), and Canada, where the majority of their players are from and also the home of the league in which they play.

The new Saginaw Spirit alternate jersey

White uniforms are worn both at home and on the road in the OHL (teams wear lights at home for the first half, darks at home in the second) so the Spirit will be able to wear this in front of the home fans without much co-ordination required with the visiting team.

The new alternates replace the LA Kings-inspired black thirds the team had been wearing last season.  This new look is much more co-ordinated colour-wise with the main branding of the Spirit, whereas the old look really had absolutely nothing to do with everything else the team was wearing.

The new alt uniform replaces the LA King-esque uniform worn last year, seen above

Honouring two nations at once on a uniform is nothing new in the world of sports, Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors of the NBA have both worn patches bearing the flags of the United States and Canada in recent seasons.  Another Michigan-based minor league hockey team, the Port Huron Flags of the United Hockey League, use a logo which also honours both nations.

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  • Aaron

    With the OHL and I guess it goes with the rest of the Canadian Hockey league wearing dark jerseys at home for half the season and whites in the other half of the season at home, the NHL should try to do that. This is cool third jersey for the Spirit. Maybe the Columbus Blue Jackets should try this style for their alternates if they want to keep the stripe on the arm style. Because without it, it would look too much like the New York Rangers or Kitchener Rangers.

  • KP

    The logo on the shoulders are nothing new… They used the same logo on the old red alternate jersey from 2004-2009… Also, the jersey is cream (off-white)…

    • Alexander

      Yeah, and the the eagle leaf logo wasn’t inspired by the 5th anniversary logo, the 5th anniversary logo was inspired by the eagle leaf logo

  • GK

    Classy move to aknowledge both the US and Canada on the shoulder patch. Good work on a great third sweater Saginaw

  • Lindsay Resnick

    Needs more Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle.