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The Edmonton Oilers are currently taking a five day collective bargaining agreement break. So let take one from debating current front burner Oilers issues, too.
Not all fan debates involve whether or not to get rid of Benoit Pouliot, deal for a back up goaltender or stay with Laurent Brassoit or what player GM Peter Chiarelli should target at the trade deadline like he did last year with Pat Maroon.
The Oilers went back to the jersey from the beginning in the World Hockey Association, the orange one that Jacques Plante wore for the final year of his pro hockey career, when he played just the home games and skated with his wife at Hawrelak Park when the team was on the road.
When the Oilers drafted Connor McDavid first overall, it was a modernized version of that jersey he was given to pull over his head for the occasion.
For the final farewell, following the last game of the regular season, every player who ever played for the Oilers in the WHA and the NHL was invited to be part of the ceremonies, and more than 160 of them showed up and were individually introduced with spectacular ceremony, all wearing the orange jerseys with their names and numbers on the back.
The Oilers decided to keep the orange sweaters as the team third jerseys for 15 designated home games this year, including most of them against Canadian teams. The Oilers also wore orange at the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg.
At every game in Rogers Place, there as many or more fans wearing orange as home blue and away white.
The Oilers are a traditional franchise,
and one of the first things Daryl Katz did as owner was return the team to the uniforms they wore to win five Stanley Cups from the modified darker blue with copper piping creations associated with the days of 37 owners coming out of the Peter Pockington era.
Will the Oilers decide to go to orange as their 41 game home uniform next year and maybe even the playoffs this year?
the league previously announcing the move from Reebok to Adidas, we are currently finalizing our jersey plans for 2017 18. We will have an announcement when those plans are final, likely after the season is done, said Oilers spokesperson Tim Shipton.
He also would not indicate whether jersey sales would influence the decision or how sales at Rogers Place and at Oilers stores have been going. The Oilers have a policy on not disclosing financials or projections on business.
Western Canada largest retail sporting goods and independent seller of NHL jerseys, however, has no such policy and what been happening this year has been remarkable.
our jersey sales so far, this year over last year, we already seen a 40 per cent increase. We anticipate that number to grow as the reality of the Oilers making the playoffs increases, said Kelly Hodgson at United Cycle.
The staggering statistics involve the orange jerseys.
sell 200 per cent more orange than blue and white combined.
is definitely the colour. sales of Oilers jerseys with McDavid name and No. 97 on the back are even more staggering.
sell more McDavid jerseys than we do blanks. That just unprecedented. The blank jerseys, just because of the costs being half of what a jersey crested with name and numbers cost, has always outsold the crested jersey. We selling about two McDavid jerseys to every one blank, said Hodgson.