1969: Now That Was A 'Cool' Year!
It was 34 Years Ago that NHL Teams Last Sported Team Color Jerseys at Home
Montreal, Quebec, October 15, 2003...1969 was an incredible year, defined by historic achievements, a push for monumental change and a generation that would shape our future forever.
You may remember it, as the year Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, war raged in a distant land called Vietnam and a farmer's field in Woodstock, New York, galvanized a generation...
The Rolling Stones topped the 1969 music charts with their song Honkey Tonk Woman. Easy Rider was a hit in the theaters, eventually to become a cult classic. It was also the year that saw the debut of such TV classics as Sesame Street and The Brady Bunch. Can you remember?
1969 was also a great year for hockey. The Montreal Canadiens won their record 16th Stanley Cup on the shoulders of playoff MVP Serge Savard. Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins led the NHL in scoring. While teammate Bobby Orr won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row, only to continue his streak for another six years, forever changing the game.
Back to the future
1969 was also the last time NHL teams wore their team color jerseys at home. This season, 34 years later, every NHL team returns to their old ways and wears team color jerseys at home. The traditional CCM© white jerseys are now worn on the road. "This is the most monumental change to the NHL uniform jersey in nearly fifty years!" said Ray Riccio, VP, Apparel. "For fans who are used to seeing their team in color jerseys only on TV this is exciting news. Arenas will be filled with seas of color instead of white!"
Everything old is truly ‘COOL' again...
The Hockey Company Holdings Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with operations in Europe and the United States, is the world's largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of hockey equipment and related apparel under three of the world's most recognized hockey brand names: CCM, JOFA and KOHO. The Company is a world leader in the design and innovation of skates, sticks, helmets, protective equipment products and related apparel and is the exclusive licensee of the National Hockey League for authentic and replica jerseys.