It could have all been so simple.
The Los Angeles Kings could have brought back their incredible purple crown sweaters and the Anaheim Ducks could have thrown back to their Disney days, and we all would have been happy.
Instead, California’s freeway foes will dip into a Halloween colour palette on Jan. 25, when they face off atop machine-cooled ice in Dodger Stadium.
In advance of their game Tuesday, both clubs unveiled the new Reebok-designed uniforms they’ll sport as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.
Anaheim is going with a blindingly orange jersey, a nod to their home county. An interlocking “OC” patch on the left shoulder drives home the point.
The Kings have gone for a subtler approach, plastering a silver sweater with a large crown, sticking to greyscale.
For “improved visibility” the player numbers on both teams’ jerseys will be enlarged. Although we don’t fathom visibility to be a concern for the Ducks, when Drew Doughty blows right past a Duck, we do expect pylon jokes to be a concern.
Fun fact: January’s Dodger Stadium showdown will be the first regular-season outdoor NHL game ever played in the United States west of the Mississippi River.