A couple of days ago, the Washington Capitals unveiled uniforms and the rink layout for the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park. On hand were Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby.
— Caps Youth Hockey (@CapsYouthHockey) September 23, 2014
I had expected something with the Caps’ “Weagle” logo that combines the letter W with the Capitol dome, an eagle and the tip of the Washington Monument. Instead, they went a completely different direction, going with fauxback that evokes the memories of some minor league teams that called D.C. home (Monumental Network). My initial thought was they reminded me a bit of some of the Washington Senators logos (Sportslogos.net). Thinking a little more, I thought they looked like the kind of fauxbacks you might see in a place like Bannana Republic or some of those other casual fashion stores I don’t shop at, so maybe not a perfect comparison.
They did manage to squeeze in the top of the Washington Monument to the W. As one does.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) September 23, 2014
Overall, they aren’t bad. They went with what I would call “Willard Preacher red” instead of the traditional red. The three stars on the chest and sleeves are a good touch that should be included on the regular uniforms. I don’t mind all the stripes either, though I won’t go as far to say that I like them. They even capitalized CAPITALS!
The design’s reaction has been mixed.
Lol, scrolling my TL, it appears Leonsis now has full Palpatine-level mind takeover of Caps fan. Those WC are heinous on every level.
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) September 24, 2014
I think they are growing on me, but I’m in no hurry to go out and buy a sweater.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) September 23, 2014
Capitals Winter Classic price chart. pic.twitter.com/wceC0pvIRy
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 23, 2014
Like other Winter Classics played at ballparks, the rink placement is more about how it looks on TV than maximizing the best possible view for the most spectators. I would think that putting the rink along one of the baselines would probably make the most sense. That being said, if someone wants to help me get tickets, I’ll get over it.
Why did it take so long for this to get made official? Mark Lerner, a Nationals owner and Caps minority owner:
Mark Lerner, on delay in announcing WC site: "Mostly it was summer getting in the way. No doubt that we were going to get something done."
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) September 23, 2014
Multi-tasking, man. HARD.
There was of course cross-team tomfoolery
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 23, 2014
Wednesday Caps Clips: Winter Classic Attire Revealed; Capitals @ Bruins Game Day – Japers Rink