Gripes about new jersey get quick reply

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 3, 2007 - 11:25 PM

After receiving feedback from NHL players regarding the new Reebok Edge uniform retaining sweat, the company has decided to provide an alternate jersey to players who request it.

"Many NHL players are satisfied with the current Reebok Edge jersey, but since the start of the season we have received player feedback about the jersey's moisture management and durability," David Baxter, the company's president of its sports licensed division, said in an e-mail. "Based on this feedback, Reebok will provide players with the option to wear a version with slight sizing and fabrication adjustments."

In the alternate version, one fabric has been replaced with an air-knit fabric and the bead-away water repellency technology has been removed.

"The thing is, the fit is great," Wild winger Brian Rolston said. "It's a light jersey, but there's no question that we're sweating more. The [alternate jersey] will be a welcomed thing. I just hope everything else stays the same."

And Baxter said it would.

"There will be no visual difference between the jerseys," Baxter said. "The newly designed comfort necklines, jersey cut lines, anatomical fit and team designs will remain identical. Retail versions of the jersey also will remain unchanged."

The old NHL jerseys absorbed everything from ice, sweat and liquid from water bottles. The new Reebok jerseys resist moisture, but conversely, sweat seems to get trapped inside players' gear.

Just look at the backs of players during games. Some look as if they just jumped into a pool.

"It's not breathable at all," said defenseman Nick Schultz, the Wild's NHL Players' Association rep who was asked for feedback during a recent conference call. "It's nice that the jersey's are this light, but to make it more breathable will be perfect."

Carney plays again

For the first time since the first two games of the season, veteran defenseman Keith Carney, 37, played a second consecutive game Saturday and was terrific, making an outstanding defensive play that led to Marian Gaborik's breakaway goal.

Carney set a team-record plus-22 last season, but Lemaire said he foresees him being in and out all season.

"He plays the same way he did last year," Lemaire said. "But we have a lot of defensemen."

Etc.

• Prior to Saturday's 4-1 victory over Calgary, coach Jacques Lemaire said Mikko Koivu would stick on the top line with Pavol Demitra and Gaborik.

Against the Flames, rookie James Sheppard wound up there most of the time, and not just because Demitra left with another leg injury in the second.

Lemaire wanted Koivu to center the checking line with Stephane Veilleux and Branko Radivojevic to shut down the Jarome Iginla line.

"They were fabulous," Lemaire said. "Had to be Branko's best game, and Mikko was a horse."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 100 FINAL
Charlotte 115
New York 80 FINAL
Chicago 111
Golden State 108 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Oklahoma City 89 FINAL
Utah 94
Denver 114 FINAL
Portland 120
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 FINAL
Carolina 3
Florida 2 FINAL(OT)
Montreal 3
Ottawa 3 FINAL(OT)
Toronto 4
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 4 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Buffalo 3 FINAL
Colorado 5
Dallas 4 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 73 FINAL
NJIT 78
Notre Dame 66 FINAL
Kentucky 68
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
D.C. 1
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 2 FINAL
Columbus 1
Portland 1 FINAL
Vancouver FC 2
Colorado 0 FINAL
Houston 0
Seattle 0 FINAL
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 69 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 73
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are you following most closely right now?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close