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03-18-2013, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by SealsFan View Post
As long as we're in bizarro world re: jersey colors --- in the first year of the WHA, three of the 12 teams wore ORANGE as their dark color.... one more than the number of teams wearing BLUE as their dark color!
I think you raise an interesting point regarding the fact that a quarter of the league wore orange as a 'dark' colour, but your math is a little off. The Jets, Aeros, Fighting Saints and Nordiques all wore blue. (The Nordiques' shade was much lighter.)

Still, when you think about jersey colours there are two particular old stand-bys: blue and red. In the WHA's first season half the league wore either blue or red. The Blazers, Oilers and Raiders wore orange, the Whalers wore green, the Cougars wore yellow and the Crusaders wore purple. By contrast well over half the NHL at the time wore blue or red: Rangers, Maple Leafs, Blues, Canucks, Sabres, Islanders and Penguins wore blue (although the Penguins' blue was a light blue); Canadiens, Black Hawks, Red Wings and Flames wore red. Only the North Stars, Seals, Kings, Flyers and Bruins wore something else.

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