Home and Away colours

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  1. McGuillicuddy

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    I remember when I was a kid the home team always wore white, and the visiting team wore their darks/colours. Somewhere along the line that has changed (2003-2004 according to Wikipedia, but I thought it was earlier than that) so now the home team wears their colours and the visitor is in white.

    Does anybody recall why the system was set the way it was, and why they bothered to change it? I always liked it better with the home team in white but I don't have a logical explanation for the preference :).
     
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    I thought historically, it was the way it was now, somewhere along the way it got switched, and now it is switched back.

    Realistically, the only reason for the light/dark split was for black and white photos and TV. Now that it's no longer really an issue, there is no reason to not have the Flyers play in orange and the Rangers in blue, and save the white jersey for the road team when there is a conflict. (No reason, other than to make sure you can sell more jersey colors, I guess)
     
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    Completely agree that white jerseys look more home-ish in the NHL.

    Several teams simply look out of place with dark home jerseys:

    Avalanche
    Penguins
    Bruins
    Sabres
    Stars to name a few.
     
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    For me, the most jarring one is the Red Wings...which seems odd, since they are an O6 team and obviously played through the era of colors at home...but for whatever reason (probably because I grew up in the 90s with the Red Wings on ESPN), they look so strange in red at the Joe.
     
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    Back in the day I think they switched to colours for away games so they didn't have to wash them as much when they were travelling.

    I can't imagine they'll ever get to a point where both teams are wearing their darks though. It's a cruel trick to play on the colour-blind. And I think white jerseys look great on a lot of teams, especially my Maple Leafs. I wish they still wore whites at home.
     
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    In 1970
     
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    I just find whites boring, I guess. Maybe I just don't like the Flyers whites compared to the orange, and it's affecting my opinion of the others.
     
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    The O6 NHL initially went to home dark sweaters during the 1956-57 season (They also added numbers to the sleeves of the sweaters in 56-57 probably for TV purposes as well as painted on the skates) through the 1969-70 season. As mentioned NHL went back to darks at home in 2004.
     
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    The switch to home whites was approved at the 1970 annual meetings. There were two expressed reasons: to reduce cleaning expenses and to give home fans more variety. The latter reason was partly because the NHL planned to expand to two cities every other season (two in 1970-71, two in 1972-73, etc.) and the paying customer would see the more colorful jerseys.
     
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    Here's my opinion of what jersey the team looks best wearing:

    Anaheim Ducks = White
    Atlanta Thrashers = White
    Boston Bruins = White
    Buffalo Sabres = White
    Calgary Flames = White
    Carolina Hurricanes = White
    Chicago Blackhawks = Colored
    Colorado Avalanche = White
    Columbus Blue Jackets = Colored
    Dallas Stars = White
    Detroit Red Wings = White (love those jerseys)
    Edmonton Oilers = Colored
    Florida Panthers = White
    Los Angeles Kings = White
    Minnesota Wild = Colored
    Montreal Canadiens = Colored
    Nashville Predators = White
    New Jersey Devils = Colored
    New York Islanders = Colored
    New York Rangers = White
    Ottawa Senators = White
    Philadelphia Flyers = Colored
    Phoenix Coyotes = White
    Pittsburgh Penguins = White
    San Jose Sharks = Colored
    St. Louis Blues = White
    Tampa Bay Lightning = White
    Toronto Maple Leafs = White
    Vancouver Canucks = Colored (But it will easily be white if they make a white version of the stick-in-rink jersey)
    Washington Capitals = White
     
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    I much prefer home colors. As a Rangers fan, I find it quite awkward when the Broadway Blueshirts don't wear blue on Broadway (not that they litteraly play on broadway, or at Madison Square for that matter).
     
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    This is what I always thought. Under the current system the home fan always sees the same 2 colours: their home colours and white. The old way you had different colours in the building every night.

    We should start a petition :).
     
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    Right, and I don't see why on earth they had to change it. Since you know you're going to see the same jersey on your home team every night, doesn't it make sense to have a parade of colors coming through with the visiting teams, rather than white jerseys every night?!

    It was even more appealing as a kid going to games in the 70's at MSG and Nassau Coliseum, when team colors weren't muted with black tones - the thrill of seeing Kings' purple, Seals' and Northstars' green, Flyers' orange, the different shades of blue from Toronto, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, etc.
     
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    Travel costs associated with bringing two sets of jerseys on the road after the advent of third jerseys. Since the rules dictate that one team has to wear white and the other has to wear colors, teams were running into the issue of having to bring both sets when they traveled if they were playing an opponent who was wearing their third jersey at home, which was usually a colored jersey.

    Personally I like colored jerseys at home. I think my home team should wear their colors at home, not on the road. Beyond that, most fans prefer to purchase the colored jerseys (look at the stats on jersey sales to back that up) and who doesn't like to feel that they're a part of the team even if they're nowhere near to being able to play the game and are sitting in the upper bowl?
     
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    I like the way the Q does it.
    White untill the New Year. Dark untill the playoffs and White in the playoffs.
    Gives you both.
     
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    The ECHL also did/does that. Unfortunately you still run into the third jersey problem when you're in the "white" portion of the schedule.
     
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    In the age of third jerseys, there are probably different interests among the Board of Governors. I prefer home whites, too, FWIW.
     

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