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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
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).
That's very interesting, MB. It also makes clear the difference between the Jackets and Browns, since NFL road trips are for one game (except for the 49ers, this year!), so they would not have this same issue of multiple uniforms and equipment. Thanks.

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