The Michigan State Spartans will be changing things up as far as their on-ice uniforms for the 2012-13 season are concerned, courtesy of Nike.
Michigan State will keep the the traditional Spartan head logo it has sported on its white jerseys the past two seasons and will now feature a white Spartan head on its road green sweaters. The Spartans had utilized a block-face "Michigan State" on the green road jerseys the past two years after a uniform overhaul that encompassed the entire MSU athletic department.
"In developing this new design, we gathered a lot of feedback from our players about the jersey's fit, feel, performance and look," said MSU head coach and former player Tom Anastos at msuspartans.com after the new uniforms were unveiled in late June. "We feel that the design that Nike has developed has a cutting-edge look and embraces the values of the Spartan brand."
MSU will also bring back its traditional script "Michigan State" jerseys in time for the annual Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament that will be held outdoors at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, in late December. The script-style jerseys, a staple of Spartan Hockey for nearly 30 years until they were phased out in 2010, will be utilized for special occasions only.
"The script 'Michigan State' logo was introduced in my freshman season (1980-81) and over the course of time, became one of the iconic jerseys in college hockey," said Anastos, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981 and later skated for their Sherbrooke (AHL) franchise before getting into coaching. "We will be bringing this design back on a limited basis, and will wear them for special events and for select games."
No word yet on if the Spartans will continue to wear white helmets with their white uniforms, and green helmets with their green ensembles, as they did this past season when they advanced to their first NCAA Tournament since 2008.
The Spartans will return to wearing green pants for the first time since 1995, with their vintage script jerseys, while continuing to sport black pants with their primary uniforms.
This upcoming season will also be the final one for MSU's long-time league, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, which will disband after the 2012-13 campaign concludes. MSU has won 11 CCHA Tournament titles and seven CCHA regular-season titles, as well as two NCAA national titles (1986, 2007), since joining the conference in 1981.
The Spartans will join the new Big Ten Hockey Conference for 2013-14 along with Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.