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Uniform Evolution

Over the past two decades, the San Jose Sharks have been trend setters when it comes to their sweaters. The Sharks have used three different looks for their home and road togs and now regularly wear what is known as the "black armour" for their third jersey.

Here’s a history of the Sharks sweaters.


1991 - 1998



TEAL: On the road the Sharks wore teal with black and white V-neck. Body stripes at bottom are white, black, gray, black and white. Sleeve stripes are white, black, gray, black and white. White with black trim on sweater numbers and name on back. Round “fin” logo on each shoulder. Triangle crest logo on front. Manufacturer’s logo and NHL crest embroidered on lower right back tail. Manufacturers: CCM (1991-92 to 1996-97), Nike (1997-98).

WHITE: At home the Sharks wore white with teal and black V-neck. Body stripes at bottom are teal, black, gray, black and teal. Same design on lower half of each sleeve. Teal with black trim on sweater numbers and name on back. Round “fin” logo on each shoulder. Triangle crest logo on front. Manufacturer’s logo and NHL crest embroidered on lower right back tail. Manufacturers: CCM (1991-92 to 1996-97), Nike (1997-98).


1998 - 2007



TEAL: Worn as the road sweater from 1998-99 until 2003-04, became primary home sweater from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Description same as the third sweater for 1997-98 (NOTE: starting in 2000-01, the sleeves returned to the mesh material like the rest of the sweater). Manufacturers: Nike (1998-99 to 1999-00), Koho (2000-01 to 2003-04), Reebok (2005-06 to 2006-07).

WHITE: Worn as the home sweater from 1998-99 until 2003-04, became primary road sweater from 2005-06 to 2006-07. Like the teal sweater, the white had white porthole mesh on the sides. The sleeves used a teal, gray and black shimmer sheen fabric (NOTE: starting in 2000-01, the sleeves returned to the mesh material like the rest of the sweater). The flared V-neck collar was black with teal trim. Sleeve numbers were white with black trim. Numbers on the back were teal with white and black trim. The name on the back had teal arched lettering. Manufacturers: Nike (1998-99 to 1999-00), CCM (2000-01 to 2003-04), Reebok (2005-06 to 2006-07).

THIRD: This solid black sweater debuted on Oct. 27, 2001 and was worn at selected home and road games. The sweater included the round “fin” logo on each shoulder, teal and white stripes on each sleeve, the flared V-neck collar in black with white trim, white numerals with teal and gray trim, black porthole mesh on the sides and the name on back in arched white lettering. Manufacturers: Koho (2000-01 to 2003-04), Reebok (2005-06 to 2006-07).


2007 - 2013



These sweaters debuted at a time when the entire National Hockey League changed over to the Rbk EDGE Uniform System. This was the first time an entire North American professional league embraced a uniform innovation. These sweaters utilized technologically advanced materials and fabrics that are more breathable, more water-resistant, more comfortable and more compatible with equipment.

But the major change came in the look, starting with the crest. The primary crest still had the shark chomping down on a hockey stick, but the updated look incorporated more Pacific Teal (the primary color) and emphasized speed, strength and determination. The eight supporting marks (with most of them making their way onto each of the sweaters) also utilized the same characteristics – right down to the showing of the shark tail.

TEAL: Worn as the home sweater, which featured a “white-orange-black-orange-white” stripe sequence on the mid-arm and below the main crest on the tail. The player’s number, which is white with orange and black trim, is located on the sleeves, above the main crest on the front and on the back of the jersey. The shoulders are black with white trim. Each shoulder has the full jumping shark logo. The V-neck collar is composed of a black-orange-white stripe sequence. The name on the back, located above the numbers, is white with black trim.

WHITE: Worn as the road sweater, which featured a “black-orange-teal-orange-black” stripe sequence on the mid-arm and below the main crest on the tail. The player’s number, which is teal with orange and black trim, is located on the sleeves, above the main crest on the front and on the back of the jersey. The shoulders are teal with black trim. Each shoulder has the full jumping shark logo. The V-neck collar is composed of a black-orange-teal stripe sequence. The name on the back, located above the numbers, is teal with black trim.

THIRD: The alternate sweater made its debut during the 2008-09 season. The all-black sweater combined the classic tradition of previous Sharks sweaters with the updated look that debuted in 2007-08. The full-body Shark logo was used as the crest. The sleeve stripes featured two white stripes bordering a thicker swatch of Deep Pacific Teal. The shoulder patches displayed a shark fin in a diamond with the letters “SJ.” The sweater numbers on the sleeves and back were white with teal trim. The name on the back was on white letters. Finally, the third sweater had a “tie-string” neck, a subtle homage to hockey sweaters of the past.




2013 - PRESENT



Clean, classic, bold and designed for performance, the Next Wave sweaters were designed for optimal performance on the ice. The sweaters use the Reebok Play-Dry Stretch Fabric for comfort and for temperature control. To decrease the weight of the sweater, the black shoulder cap was removed. The popular jumping Shark patch will remain on the shoulder. Even more weight was cut out by removing the stripes on the body of the sweater. To complete a classic look, neckline lacing was added and neckline striping was removed. The classic crest logo will still be the centerpiece of the sweater. Clean, classic, bold and designed for performance, the Next Wave sweaters will help take the Sharks to the next level for many seasons to come.

TEAL: Worn as the home sweater, the teal look debuted during the 2013-14 season as part of The Next Wave. The look is clean, focusing on the Sharks primary color, Pacific Teal. The player's number, located above the crest, on the sleaves, and on the back, are in white lettering with a black trim. Each shoulder has the jumping Shark logo. The sweater has neckline lacing, a homage to hockey sweaters from years past.

WHITE: Also debuting during the 2013-14 season, the white sweaters were worn during away games. The look is unfettered, with the Pacific Teal contrasting against the white fabric. Similar to the teal sweaters, each shoulder has the jumping Shark logo and neckline lacing. The player's number, located on the sleeves, on the back, and above the crest, are in Pacific Teal with a black trim.

THIRD: The alternate sweater continues after making its debut during the 2008-09 season. The all-black sweater combined the classic tradition of previous Sharks sweaters with the updated look that debuted in 2007-08. The full-body Shark logo was used as the crest. The sleeve stripes featured two white stripes bordering a thicker swatch of Deep Pacific Teal. The shoulder patches displayed a shark fin in a diamond with the letters “SJ.” The sweater numbers on the sleeves and back were white with teal trim. The name on the back is on white letters. Finally, the third sweater has a “tie-string” neck, a subtle homage to hockey sweaters of the past.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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