Leafs jersey back to basics

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Winger Darcy Tucker can notice the difference already, both on the ice and on the street.

Peppered with questions concerning the feel of the Maple Leafs' new jerseys, he replied: "I felt lighter during my nice brisk walk over here."

Joking aside, Tucker said the form-fitting Rbk EDGE uniforms carry noticeably less weight on the ice, partially because they repel water rather than retaining it.

Tucker and several teammates were part of the ceremony at the Air Canada Centre yesterday to unveil the Leafs' new duds.

And for all you traditionalists out there, take heart: Everything old is new again.

The changes are quite minor actually. Gone are the horizontal stripes on the bottom of the jersey, the shoulder patches and the silver trim on the numbers.

It is the first modification of the Leafs uniform since the 2000-01 season.

"The blue and white with the simple Maple Leaf logo represents our team's rich heritage and tradition," general manager John Ferguson said.

"It was important to our organization and especially to our fans to maintain the look and feel of the blue and white Maple Leaf sweater, which is distinct, clean, classic and strong."

BUT IS IT TOO TIGHT?

During an informal workout Tuesday, the practice jersey of defenceman Nicklas Kronwall began rolling up the defenceman's back as he attempted to tie his skates. The Leafs are one of the bigger teams, in terms of size, in the NHL, so it will be interesting to see if this will be a recurring problem.

TUBE TALK

The Leafs also announced yesterday that Leafs TV will be broadcasting all eight pre-season games and 20 regular-season games in 2007-08. All games will be in high definition and will be available to a wider audience base through Rogers Cable's new Digital VIP Tier Four.


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