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10-04-2011, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by pete goegan View Post
This has always been a pet peeve of mine! If the home team wears dark jerseys and the visitors wear white, every game looks essentially the same. When the home team wears white, all the visitors come in with their dark jerseys and make the games look more distinctive. The Browns did this for most of their history and it just made home game so much more colorful. Of course, since they were the only ones doing it, they almost always wore their whites, home and away. It did make it that much more special when they wore their dark ones, though. Since it would take league action to change from dark to white at home, that won't be a problem in hockey.
Originally Posted by ZachACA View Post
I've had the same discussion with so many people and I never understood the NHL's reasoning (if they ever had one) for the switch.
Originally Posted by 1857 Howitzer View Post
It was done so that teams did not have to travel with both sets of jerseys (helmets, socks etc..) when the home team wears their 3rd jerseys.
To expound a little bit....

An NHL team, on a road trip, will normally carry the following.
- Full uniforms for the 23-man roster (jerseys and socks)
- Full uniforms for the projected callups in case of an injury
- An additional set of uniforms for all of the above; if a player is cut badly or a jersey is destroyed, it's then possible to quickly replace it instead of needing to repair or clean it in the middle of a game
- Several blank uniforms, which have been numbered but not lettered
- Blank nameplates and handfuls of letters. In the event of a trade in the middle of a road trip, the other equipment guys will take care of putting the uniform together
- Practice jerseys for everyone
- Enormous numbers of sticks for the 23-man roster, plus callups, plus stock patterns
- Full equipment for the 23-man roster (pants, helmets, and all concealed equipment; plus goalie equipment)
- Backup equipment, particularly helmets
- Full equipment for the expected callups
- All the medical and training equipment that can be carried

To go back to white at home, it would require the addition of:
- Full uniforms for the 23-man roster (jerseys and socks)
- Full uniforms for the projected callups in case of an injury
- An additional set of uniforms for all of the above
- Additional helmets for everyone on the roster, plus the callups

The only way that there would possibly be changes is if the following happened:
- Teams went to common helmets for both home and road. The Windsor Spitfires used to have two-tone helmets (blue back, white front) to be able to do this, but more likely it would require hockey helmets becoming of a high-enough quality that they would be used as part of the uniform rather than an extension of it.
- Teams either went to a larger number of white/light-colored alternates, OR
- Teams were allowed to have 4 jerseys rather than 3. The only two teams that have been allowed to do this were the Islanders (Fisherman era); the league allowed a huge amount of flexibility to skirt the established rules to be allowed to go back to the royal and orange scheme as soon as possible. The other was the Ducks, who made a mockery of the alternate jersey program from the beginning.

I can see a point in the future where the league might be open to having two teams wearing dark uniforms for special occasions, but it would likely be for one- or two-game road trips. The last "normal" regular season game that I can recall with this was back in the 1991-92 season, when Chicago wore their barberpole throwbacks against Quebec (who was wearing blue).

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