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Flames unveil alternate jerseys

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

Basic black.

A vintage look.

Something out of the blue.

The Flames recently unveiled alternate jerseys to be used for a few special occasions this season celebrating their 30th anniversary in Calgary -- but the third jersey they had all but finalized last fall remains on hold.

At least for another year.

That won't stop people from guessing what they'll look like when finally released.

Vintage is in -- as the Flames evidently already discovered while making the decision to bring back their original duds on a part-time basis.

They should take a little touch of Stanley Cup nostalgia for their next template.

How about a 1989 colour scheme, bringing back the yellow and white trim to the Sea of Red?

But add a twist to the old duds, and makeover the Flaming C -- something that says 'Calgary' without a lasso or cowboy hat.

Stick the city skyline over the existing logo so many love, with the Saddledome, Calgary Tower and beautiful mountain backdrop sprucing things up a little.

After all, the Dome won't be around forever, and it's one of the most recognizable rinks in the league.

The St. Louis Blues got it right with their alternates, stuffing the city's famed arch behind the bluenote, and packaging the whole crest in a classic circle with the city and nickname inscribed in the border.

The Minnesota Wild pulled that look off before switching to uglier duds this season, and the Pittsburgh Penguins liked it enough to go back to the circle on retro powder blue from the Winter Classic for their top-selling thirds.

Few expect the Flames to go black after making such an effort to establish the Sea of Red as one of the best environments in the league.

It makes sense to keep the branding as close to the original as possible. Leave the changes to the logo.

But for the love of the hockey gods, please stay away from words instead of the Flaming C.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers and Ottawa Senators alleged designs all have either the city or nickname in print across the chest. The 'Bolts' going down, and the 'Sens' going up. They're the worst looking new jerseys out there.

Leave that look to the New York Rangers, whose Original Six status gives them a get-out-of-jail-free card on that one.

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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