The University of North Dakota unveiled new hockey jerseys on Monday evening, and — aside from a change in suppliers and a few tweaks for consistency’s sake — they aren’t all that different from the Fighting Hawks’ last set.
North Dakota began a seven-year department-wide deal with adidas last summer, but previously allowed individual programs to sign their own apparel contracts. With that, the hockey program had one year remaining on its deal with Reebok/CCM and played the 2018-19 season in that company’s gear rather than cutting the deal short.
With the move to adidas, the Fighting Hawks will be outfitted in the apparel company’s ADIZERO template. And from a design standpoint, very little has changed — especially on the home white jersey.
The words “North Dakota” remain in a custom arched font on the home white, road green and black alternate uniforms. The Fighting Hawk logo also sits in a familiar place on the shoulders of each jersey.
As mentioned, striping pattern has been carried over on the white jersey. It has been altered on the sleeves and body of the green sweater and scrapped altogether on the body of the black jersey, though. The black sweater also no longer features contrasting yoke.
The laces at the base of the collar — a prominent fixture on most hockey sweaters — have been removed from all three jerseys, as well. It has been replace with an adidas logo.
North Dakota will debut these new uniforms during its home-opening weekend against Canisius on Oct 11-12 at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks finished last season 18-17-2 overall (12-11-1 in National Collegiate Hockey Conference).