by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report
ST. JOHN’S, NL. — On a day when the Montreal Canadiens released their new logo as part of the Winter Classic press conference at Gillette Stadium, the St. John’s IceCaps unveiled their new kit today at Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, NL. As a part of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni/Heart and Stroke foundation hockey school, both head coach Sylvain Lefebvre and President/CEO Danny Williams dawned the away and home jerseys respectively. Montreal Canadiens alumni Sergio Momesso and Gilbert Delorme, among others, have been leading a week long hockey school as a part of the Canadiens initiative to build report within the community. As a part of the IceCaps agreement they will wear the white jerseys at home, and red jerseys on the road. It has yet to be announced whether the IceCaps will have a third jersey such as the one which existed under the Winnipeg Jets organization.
A familiar pattern, Williams stated “There was never really a doubt in our minds that we would incorporate our revised logo into the elegant and world-renowned jerseys the Canadiens have proudly worn for almost 100 years.” The IceCaps are accepting pre-orders on all jerseys with each pre-order consisting of an embroidered inaugural season patch.
The presentation also served as an opportunity to officially introduce Sylvain Lefebvre as the coach of the IceCaps referencing his strong resume of experience both in coaching and playing at the AHL and NHL level. Lefebvre drew his own connection to the relocation of the Bulldogs-IceCaps to his experience as a player for the Nordiques-Avalanche, hoping to have similar luck in his inaugural season the second time around after winning the cup with the Avalanche in 1996.
Additional photos can be found here.
The full unveiling can be seen in the video below: