With the revamped NHL All-Star game just around the corner, it is time to see how the jerseys the players will be wearing on January 30th match up with those of past years.
The All-Star game has gone through many phases since its inception in 1947. For example, the 1979 game pitted a team of the best NHL players against the Soviet Union in a three-game series. It wasn't until 1982 that the NHL moved to the modern day setup where the East plays the West.
With viewing numbers historically low, the NHL has changed the format of the All-Star game for 2011. Instead of an East vs. West matchup, the teams will be picked "pond hockey style" by captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom.
This new format poses a serious problem for retailers throughout the hockey world. Besides Eric and Nick, nobody knows what color jersey their favorite all-star will be wearing. This could produce a mad scramble on January 28th to get names on the correct color jerseys.
If you are willing to try your luck and go for the early authentic jersey purchase, the best bet is that Eric drafts little brother Marc to his team.
If the NHL hopes to sell a lot of these jerseys, they better hope they are sleek enough to warrant a purchase after the All-Star weekend concludes.
Let's take a look at how the 2011 sweaters match up against some of the past greats.