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Steve Ott, shown here wearing a gold practice jersey, helped the Sabres reveal their new third game jersey. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to wear new third jersey for first of 10 times Sunday

Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald
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BUFFALO – The Sabres will wear their gold third jersey for the first of 10 home games Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.

That’s 10 of the 29 remaining games inside the First Niagara Center, Sabres fans. Ten!

Fans immediately panned the two-tone jersey, which features gold as the primary for the first time in team history, after Sabres captain Steve Ott unveiled it via Twitter on Sept. 4.

Reaction has been so harsh many have been wondering if the struggling Sabres would ditch the jersey altogether. President Ted Black recently told WGR the sweater has received “a ton of criticism.”

Some facts about the jersey the Sabres released today:

– The Sabres’ creative team worked in collaboration with Reebok. Team ownership “challenged” the design team, which studied jerseys from across professional sports for “inspiration,” to use gold as a primary color.

– The design concept – gold as the primary front color and navy on the back – is “believed to be a first for the NHL.”

– The Sabres designed a new word mark for the pant leg, just below the neckline and right above the crest on the front.

– Reebok designed a “unique font” for the jersey numbers and names inspired by “tips of actual sabers.”

– Captain and alternate captain insignia use crossed swords as design elements. The patches have been moved from the chest to the shoulder.

The full jersey schedule:

Nov. 24                 vs. Detroit Red Wings

Nov. 27                 vs. Montreal Canadiens

Dec. 5                    vs. New York Rangers

Dec. 14                  vs. Calgary Flames

Jan. 4                    vs. New Jersey Devils

Jan. 14                  vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Feb. 5                    vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

March 16              vs. Montreal Canadiens

April 1                   vs. New Jersey Devils

April 8                  vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Sabres will start selling the jerseys Sunday.

Related: Steve Ott helps Sabres unveil third jersey; new sweater universally panned

7 comments
  1. Buff Sabresfan says: 11.21.139:59 pm

    I think you got that wrong, I don’t think that they said they challenged the design team, but that the design team that they chose was “challenged”. These things suck, and I really, really hope that nobody buys them and they just fizzle out and fade away. This team needs to regain its sense of tradition!

  2. P. McMahon says: 11.21.1311:01 pm

    Thanks Bill. Now I know which Sabres games I won’t be watching. They should have fired that creative team along with Regier and Rolston for this mess.

  3. jjpuckster says: 11.22.131:55 am

    Holy Yuck! Let the fans design them in a contest voted on by fans, can’t go wrong.

  4. Bp43 says: 11.22.132:05 am

    Do you want fries with that turdburger, Ted?

  5. […] you want to know a little more about the “process” behind those much-maligned duds, the Olean Times Herald passes along some interesting nuggets, including the fact that Reebok designed a special font for the third […]

  6. Scott says: 11.25.137:12 am

    “Sabres creative team”

    Now THAT is an oxymoron!

  7. spanky says: 11.26.135:25 pm

    just when this season couldn’t get any worse….

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