The St. John’s IceCaps, AHL farm team of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, unveiled their new alternate uniform prior to their game yesterday evening. The IceCaps immediately took to the ice wearing the new look and will do so again today.
The new jersey is predominantly blue, like the IceCaps existing road uniform, but features a new logo on the chest as well as new shoulder striping. Typically St. John’s wears a direct copy of the Winnipeg Jets home and away uniforms.
It was a design from a fan which led to the new look, local artist Troy Birmingham actually presented his idea to the team two years ago after the IceCaps relocated to St. John’s from Winnipeg. Giving hope to any fan who has a concept design and a dream of one day seeing a pro team wearing it in a game.
Front-and-centre on the chest is a bold new logo, it’s most eye-drawing element is the castle tower behind the team name. That tower is Cabot Tower, located at the highest peak in St. John’s.
“The primary logo was meant to represent the province as a whole, so for the third jersey I wanted a logo that was a bit more specific to the city, that’s why I used Cabot Tower.” – explained Birmingham
An iceberg is shown in front of the tower, within the shading of the iceberg is an outline of the Newfoundland and Labrador map. In the front of the logo “IceCaps” is shown in all caps, diagonally, with a silver-to-white colour transition.
“The font was meant to represent ice-grey gradient, power and motion and I included a stylized iceberg. I included the small outline of Newfoundland and Labrador to tie the alternate logo to the primary logo and have a connection with the original logo.” – Birmingham
Silver, while seen only on the primary logo on the regular home and road uniforms, is given a much more prominent role on the alternate uniform. Both shoulders are silver with white trim as well there are silver stripes around the waist of the jersey and on the sleeves.
In addition to the map in the shading on the iceberg, the province is further represented by way of the provincial flag worn on the left shoulder, a Jets logo is worn on the other side. Name and number font remains the same as the home and roads.
“We will always consider ourselves a provincial team but this definitely has a St. John’s feel to it. Players love it and I’m sure it will be quite popular with our fans.” — Danny Williams, President of St. John’s IceCaps
Considering that this was a jersey design given to the team directly by a local artist, I wouldn’t expect this to be a sign-of-things-to-come for a potential Winnipeg Jets alternate uniform, which we’re all expecting to see on the ice next season.
The IceCaps will be wearing this jersey several times throughout the season, the full schedule has not been finalized but they will be worn at least six times. Following yesterday and today’s games they will be worn again on December 6th and 7th, and then again for February 8th and 9th.