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04-12-2013, 04:38 PM
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Blue Kickplate

I bet not many people notice this but all NHL arenas nowadays have a yellow kickplate and the bottom of the boards. Until the early 90's Montreal's kickplate was blue and went really well with the jerseys as the attached photo demonstrates. Its a small detail, but it looked good and gave the building an identity. It was also blue with the Nordiques.
Hope they change this back someday!
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I bet not many people notice this but all NHL arenas nowadays have a yellow kickplate and the bottom of the boards. Until the early 90's Montreal's kickplate was blue and went really well with the jerseys as the attached photo demonstrates. Its a small detail, but it looked good and gave the building an identity. It was also blue with the Nordiques.
Hope they change this back someday!
Is that defenseman for the Flyers wearing track pants?

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It does look pretty nice. Its the kind of thing I never notice.

Oh and the Flyers pants are ''Cooperalls''. Luckily they didn't stick around for long, what an ugly thing they were

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It does look pretty nice. Its the kind of thing I never notice.

Oh and the Flyers pants are ''Cooperalls''. Luckily they didn't stick around for long, what an ugly thing they were
Broad Street Bullies in Cooperalls Just doesn't work.

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refs still kinna wear cooperalls.

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I immediately notice the blue dasher in old photos, I miss it so bad.

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I was under the impression that this was changed when NBC or some american network had the "flashing blue puck" technology to help viewers spot the puck on their screen for a while in the 90's, though maybe my impression was wrong. I definitely would love to see it coming back in blue at the Bell Centre, rinks need to have iconic vibes and things that set themselves apart from each others. Leave the yellow kickplates for the TD Garden in Boston or whatever it's named.

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Cooperalls are right up there with that Pirates ball cap from the same period. Something weird happened to fashion in the late seventies.


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I bet not many people notice this but all NHL arenas nowadays have a yellow kickplate and the bottom of the boards. Until the early 90's Montreal's kickplate was blue and went really well with the jerseys as the attached photo demonstrates. Its a small detail, but it looked good and gave the building an identity. It was also blue with the Nordiques.
Hope they change this back someday!
I definately miss the kickplate. But if I remember, after buttman arrived they standardized tge boards for ease of view on tv for the expansion teams new fanbases that had trouble seeing a black disk on a sheet of white ice.

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Is that defenseman for the Flyers wearing track pants?
I remember wearing those in minor hockey....terribad

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Cooperalls are right up there with that Pirates ball cap from the same period. Something weird happened to fashion in the late seventies.

Those "jerseys" are not much better.

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I wonder if it has anything to do with the visibility part of it (being able to best estimate the distance from the boards). Yellow is the most reflective (if not close to it) so perhaps it gives good depth perception. I am all for giving the arenas their identity though, although I think to some extent they still do have it. I can tell the putrid ACC and Banknorth Gardens from a quick glance. Bell Centre always looks great to me. Will only be seeing it twice before the playoffs and then it goes into beast mode (with associated insane prices).

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I wonder if it has anything to do with the visibility part of it (being able to best estimate the distance from the boards). Yellow is the most reflective (if not close to it) so perhaps it gives good depth perception.
I don't know about depth perception, but my guess is also that they choose yellow for visual reasons. It contrasts well with black pucks and it's not white which means players can clearly see where the boards are.

The "easiness to follow the puck on TV" argument is good too, but with the advent of HD it's nowadays not that much a problem anymore so I'm not sure it matters anymore.

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