Jerseys signal time for change

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Dominic DeSando says they feel "light".

The London Knights' new home jerseys certainly aren't white anymore. Rather, they're a beige-based hue to blend with the club's redesigned retro-themed logo.

Forward Garett Hunter thinks the road threads are tops.

"The black is sharp," the 19-year-old skater said. "I like that one the best."

And how about third jerseys?

Yes, the green is gone for now. But they'll be sporting the all-of-a-sudden "old" whites when necessary.

"You need something to pull out for a big game," Hunter said, "and it's nice it'll be the whites."

But the country's ninth-ranked Knights will be decked out in their beige when they open the 2009-10 OHL season at home on Sept. 18 against the defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.

They won't be alone. All 60 of the Canadian Hockey League's teams got sweater makeovers unveiled yesterday after signing a new deal to wear Reebok's EDGE uniform system.

It's the same threads the guys in the big leagues don for NHL battle. They're lightweight, so DeSando was right, and they're moisture-wicking, too, which sounds like it should at least help improve stickhandling.

But why did the Knights change to a look that evokes memories of Darryl Sittler skating with the club in the late 1960s while keeping the helmet plume recognizable on their most recent logo?

"We're trying to combine a new look with old tradition, if that makes sense," London GM Mark Hunter said. "We felt like it was time for a change. "

The jerseys will be available for purchase in the Knights Armoury at the John Labatt Centre as each club has a one-week exclusive to sell them. After that, local vendors will have their crack.

ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

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