The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the junior hockey home of Wayne Gretzky, have unveiled a new third uniform, timed to celebrate the Ontario Hockey League club’s 50th anniversary season.
It’s a red base with several horizontal white stripes across the chest, around the back, and on each arm. The leaping greyhound from the team’s long-used primary logo is front-and-centre within the striping.
Forgive the photo quality; I did the best I could with screengrabs from the reveal video.
The shoulders are white and feature two white stars trimmed in red on each; this is a nod to the Greyhounds inaugural year uniforms worn initially during the 1972-73 season.
Player numbers and the captaincy patches are red with white trim (white would’ve been fine too). On the left arm is the Greyhounds’ 50th anniversary logo. On the right is a memorial patch featuring the initials “AB” for original team founder Angelo Bumbacco who passed away in October 2020.
Numbers are white on the back of the jersey trimmed in red to help them appear more clearly on that white stripe that cuts through the back.
“We wanted a new 3rd jersey design for our 50th anniversary that was fresh and exciting while unmistakably recognizable as consistent with the history and traditions of the Soo Greyhounds,” Greyhounds President Tim Lukenda said on the team’s official website. “We think this new design really hits the mark and will be popular with players and fans alike.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (commonly shortened to SOO Greyhounds) began as a Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Junior A League in the 1960s before moving to what has since become the Ontario Hockey League in 1972. According to the team’s website, “Greyhounds” was first chosen for a Sault Ste. Marie team in the 1920s as a dig against their Northern Ontario rivals, the Sudbury Wolves as “a greyhound is much faster than a wolf,” according to the coach of the time George MacNamara.
The Greyhounds will debut their new third uniform on February 23rd against the Sudbury Wolves.