Are black jerseys a disadvantage?

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  1. Mike Martin Registered User

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    I'm wondering if a team having a black jersey like the Anaheim home colors is ever a disadvantage? Has a player of a team that wears a dark jersey ever mentioned that he has lost sight of the puck because it blends in too much with the team's dark color?

    What about for you as a fan? Does a dark jersey ever cause you to lose sight of the puck?
     
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    Wouldn't you be just as likely to lose sight of the puck if the opponent wears black sweaters?
     
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    2 cups in 3 years begs to differ
     
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    They're seeing the puck against a plane of white ice, the jerseys are above that. I really don't think it would cause an issue.

    Also, LA has black jerseys.
     
  5. If you're talking about black stick tape, maybe I can see that being an advantage for a skater, disadvantage for a goalie. But yeah, the jerseys are too high to not differentiate between the equipment and a puck.
     
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    I thought forwards tended to get black stick tape to make it harder for goalies to read their shots and defenceman used white tape to blend their sticks into the ice a bit more.
     
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    Kings say no.
     
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    3 in 7
     
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    The only time I could see it being significant would be during a scramble in the goal crease, where the ref might blow the play down if the puck blended in with a jersey.

    And maybe since black uniforms correlate to more penalties, though there are nuances to that issue.
     
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    5 in 7, actually (Boston/Pittsburgh).
     
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    Also as far as how it suits me as a fan, black is the hardest color to make dirty.
     
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    Yeah, I agree.

    If it did cause a disadvantage, the Kings would not be having all their success. And you might as well throw those two cups out the window too. :laugh:

    Please, tell us more about how the Kings were able to overcome their jersey color on their journey to success.
     
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    So really, the question is: Are black jerseys an advantage?
     
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    May as well call it 6 in 10 (Tampa).

    Tampa*
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    i remember an article about teams in black sweaters getting more penalties called against them
     
  17. Sojourn Where's the kaboom?

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    Stupid Wings, Canes, and Hawks ruining things with their red jerseys.
     
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    Wasn't there a study that showed teams with black jersey get less penalties? Probably not spot on and it was quite awhile ago but i remember reading it.
     
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    Clearly the superior combination is red and black :naughty:
     
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    The math checks out.

    It's brilliant.
     
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    If anything, I'd be more concerned about the colors and referee psychology. I'm sure some social psychologist somewhere has done a study where they show two sets of volunteers a video tape of an ambiguously aggressive action (it could be sports, but doesn't have to be.) For one set of volunteers, the video tape has the aggressor in black, and the other person in white. Vice versa for the second set of volunteers - same video taped action, but in different colors. Volunteers then rate how aggressive the action was.

    If anything, I know players complain about losing the puck in LA because the folks at STAPLES Center try to turn the hockey games into rock concerts, with all the fans being kept literally in the dark and the "spotlight" on the rink. Supposedly it's to keep focus on the players. I suppose that could be an LA problem, with Nicholson et al popping up at Lakers games and the like.
     
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    20 posts in and we're already off topic. :laugh:

    EDIT: Except this guy^
     
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    A team with a red or black jersey has played in every SCF since the 1990.

    1990
    Oilers
    Bruins


    1991
    Penguins
    North Stars


    1992
    Penguins
    Blackhawks


    1993
    Canadiens
    Kings


    1994
    Rangers
    Canucks

    1995
    Devils
    Red Wings


    1996
    Avalanche
    Panthers


    1997
    Red Wings
    Flyers


    1998
    Red Wings
    Capitals


    1999
    Stars
    Sabres


    2000
    Devils
    Stars


    2001 :cry: :cry:
    Avalanche
    Devils


    2002
    Red Wings
    Hurricanes


    2003
    Devils
    Mighty Ducks


    2004
    Lightning
    Flames


    2006
    Hurricanes
    Oilers


    2007
    Ducks
    Senators


    2008
    Red Wings
    Penguins


    2009
    Penguins
    Red Wings


    2010
    Blackhawks
    Flyers


    2011
    Bruins
    Canucks


    2012 :cry: :cry:
    Kings
    Devils


    2013
    Blackhawks
    Bruins


    2014
    Kings
    Rangers


    Red and black means making it to the SCF! :sarcasm:
     
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    Considering where the puck is for the majority of the game, I'd say black tape and skates have more to do with hiding the puck than any jerseys/socks do.
     
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    Past research in social psychology has actually shown a correlation between wearing black and aggression. So I guess that's an advantage unless the penalties are excessive.

    Sincerely, a psychology major
     

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