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Why not giving it back to Reebok? Yeah, the first years of the RBKedge were a disaster, aesthetics speaking. But if they take the already in place design and just make it with their brand then sure.

 

Won't be worst than Adidas and their horrible looking collar anyway 

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25 minutes ago, IceCap said:

Yeah.

If you think the Nike you're getting in 2022 is the Nike of 1997 then I have ocean-front property in Saskatchewan to sell you.

 

To be fair I never said that. I'm not expecting that at all. You can even say the same thing about CCM. As long as the template they use looks good and they're using quality materials I feel most people here won't have anything to worry about.

 

But, I'll take you up on that offer on that Saskatchewan "ocean-front" property. /S

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3 hours ago, IceCap said:

 

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Nike has only been involved in designing 1 of the 15? new alternate helmets and it's the Commanders black lid. The Celtics have had black and even gray in the uniforms since the Adidas days. 

 

The irony is that Adidas literally made NBA teams wear jerseys with sleeves, tire tread patterned super tight football jerseys, and an asymmetrical navy/gold helmet for Notre Dame. Reebok forced most of the NHL into templated edge jerseys with random colored panels and unnecessary piping.

 

But people are are afraid that Nike is going to ruin the NHL. Hmm okay. 

 

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4 hours ago, pepis21 said:

It would be big return of Pro Player.


I said it as a joke, but sadly if it was to happen, it wouldn't be a return of the Pro Player brand. People forget FotL filed for Chapter 11 in 1999, right after they got the NHL license, and in 2000, Perry Ellis International bought the rights to the Pro Player name and logo. 

But at the time, it made sense. Who knows thread count, stitching and comfort more than a underwear company? 

 

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2 hours ago, gsn93 said:

To be fair I never said that. I'm not expecting that at all. You can even say the same thing about CCM. As long as the template they use looks good and they're using quality materials I feel most people here won't have anything to worry about.

I suppose my point is that there's no evidence Nike's work will "look good" if the NBA, MLB, and NFL are any indication.

And I mean yeah sure they've butchered uniforms in those leagues but SURELY the NHL will reign them in, right?

 

2 hours ago, VDizzle12 said:

Nike has only been involved in designing 1 of the 15? new alternate helmets

lol ok.

 

2 hours ago, VDizzle12 said:

The irony is that Adidas literally made NBA teams wear jerseys with sleeves, tire tread patterned super tight football jerseys, and an asymmetrical navy/gold helmet for Notre Dame. Reebok forced most of the NHL into templated edge jerseys with random colored panels and unnecessary piping.

 

But people are are afraid that Nike is going to ruin the NHL. Hmm okay. 

Reebok/Adidas are the same company.

And while Reebok's early EDGE uniforms were awful, they eventually settled into a pretty solid groove. The switchover to Adidas branding and the AdiZero template brought some new growing pains, but by and large the uniforms were solid.

 

Nothing I've seen from Nike in any of the three major leagues they design uniforms for suggests that they'll do a good job in the NHL.

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6 hours ago, IceCap said:

I suppose my point is that there's no evidence Nike's work will "look good" if the NBA, MLB, and NFL are any indication.

And I mean yeah sure they've butchered uniforms in those leagues but SURELY the NHL will reign them in, right?

 

lol ok.

 

Reebok/Adidas are the same company.

And while Reebok's early EDGE uniforms were awful, they eventually settled into a pretty solid groove. The switchover to Adidas branding and the AdiZero template brought some new growing pains, but by and large the uniforms were solid.

 

Nothing I've seen from Nike in any of the three major leagues they design uniforms for suggests that they'll do a good job in the NHL.

 

https://www.reuters.com/business/adidas-sells-reebok-authentic-brands-25-bln-2021-08-12/

 

Adidas & Reebok are not the same company anymore.  Authentic Brands Group owns Reebok now.

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10 hours ago, Nordiks_19 said:

Why not giving it back to Reebok? Yeah, the first years of the RBKedge were a disaster, aesthetics speaking. But if they take the already in place design and just make it with their brand then sure.

 

Won't be worst than Adidas and their horrible looking collar anyway 

Reebok is owned by adidas.

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8 hours ago, KittSmith_95 said:

I said it as a joke

I know 🙂

8 hours ago, KittSmith_95 said:

Perry Ellis International bought the rights to the Pro Player name and logo.

I didn't know that.

1 hour ago, dont care said:

Reebok is owned by adidas.

Not anymore, deal with ABG was finalized back in march. Transformation takes time ofc. I hope they finally return to the proper insole in Question's because if not then f them.

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10 hours ago, VDizzle12 said:

 

Nike has only been involved in designing 1 of the 15? new alternate helmets and it's the Commanders black lid. The Celtics have had black and even gray in the uniforms since the Adidas days. 

 

The irony is that Adidas literally made NBA teams wear jerseys with sleeves, tire tread patterned super tight football jerseys, and an asymmetrical navy/gold helmet for Notre Dame. Reebok forced most of the NHL into templated edge jerseys with random colored panels and unnecessary piping.

 

But people are are afraid that Nike is going to ruin the NHL. Hmm okay. 

 

 

Thank you! I don't kiss the ass of any corporation, but it's just a fact that Adidas is responsible for way worse stuff over the years than Nike. Look no further than the dumpster fire uniforms they recently revealed for Georgia Tech football. 

 

Even in the NHL, it was Adidas, not Nike, who was responsible for those ugly navy Oilers sweaters they just got rid of, and the half-assed "stealth pattern" Sharks thirds, and the Justin Bieber Leafs jerseys, etc. It was Adidas, not Nike, who screwed up something as simple as jersey collars, causing several teams to adopt the same "toilet seat necklace" look that was despised in football when Nike did it with the Pro Combat template.

 

The idea that Adidas' departure is going to be some huge loss for the NHL's aesthetics is puzzling and seemingly backed by nothing other than people's kneejerk negative response to Nike - who, by the way, might not even end up getting the contract for all we know.

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10 hours ago, IceCap said:

I suppose my point is that there's no evidence Nike's work will "look good" if the NBA, MLB, and NFL are any indication.

And I mean yeah sure they've butchered uniforms in those leagues but SURELY the NHL will reign them in, right?

 

Did I lose something along the way here?  Where did I ever say that Nike would be this magical savior for NHL jerseys?  If anything I said the complete opposite. By looking good I'm just talking about the base template design not the actual jersey designs. Using Nike's Olympics and college jerseys as a point of reference I feel that at best it's a lateral move for the NHL.

 

2 hours ago, Lights Out said:

The idea that Adidas' departure is going to be some huge loss for the NHL's aesthetics is puzzling and seemingly backed by nothing other than people's kneejerk negative response to Nike - who, by the way, might not even end up getting the contract for all we know.

 

Pretty much this.

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most of adidas' crummy work in the NHL was alternate jerseys that hardly anyone remembers while they dutifully tidied up plenty of reebok's messes  on actual primary uniforms.

 

the worry with Nike is that they would bring the worst of Adidas in a huge way (with ugly city/icon/whatever jerseys and primary jersey redesigns) with none or few of the positives.

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So is the assumption Adidas is walking because it's not a profitable venture for them?  Interesting that even if it's not profitable it's not enough of an advertisement for them to want to continue.

 

Apologies if this has been covered, but was the "reverse retro" concept generated by the NHL or Adidas itself?  If the latter, it makes me wonder the volume of jerseys that other companies (Nike) may push for (i.e. NBA).

 

If Nike gets it, can we request they reassign their soccer designers to do NHL?  :) Generally those are quite tasteful!

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36 minutes ago, _RH_ said:

Apologies if this has been covered, but was the "reverse retro" concept generated by the NHL or Adidas itself? 

Adidas holds the trademark.

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On 7/28/2022 at 3:46 PM, KittSmith_95 said:

You know what? I'd rather Fruit Of The Loom get the contract again over Fanatics. 


I only ask because it sounds like the most OITGDNHL thing possible, but was Fruit of the Loom actually at one point a uni supplier for the NHL? 

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So, we heard that Adidas had signed the contract to take over as the supplier in September of 2015. Hopefully that timeline lines up again and we hear about the new supplier next month so that we don't have to wait long to find out who it is.

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