As a player and coach, you’ll notice something different about the jerseys the Toronto Maple Leafs wear on the ice: There’s no grey.
Instead, it’s a black and white colour scheme.
The new look was introduced on Thursday and will debut in the team’s home opener on Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
But it’s not just a change to the colour scheme; it’s also a change in the materials used in the production of the jerseys.
“We’re using the same materials that are used in all the other major professional sports,” Leafs president Brendan Shanahan told reporters.
“That means that it’s going to be 100 per cent uniform, 100 per all-black.
The jerseys will be 100 percent wool.
The number of stripes are going to stay the same, the numbers are going the same.”
The team says the change to materials was made after studying the number of fans who would buy the new jerseys.
“We took the best, most consistent jersey that we could and we put it on a team that had been on the market for six years, and the average attendance was up 20 per cent,” Shanahan said.
While the new jersey will not be worn by the Leafs until their home opener against the Hurricanes, they’ll be on display at the team hotel for the rest of the season.
It will be up to fans to decide how they want to wear the jerseys once the team has them on the road.
“This will be an exciting time for the fans, because the Leafs have won the Stanley Cup in six of the past seven years,” Shanahan told the team website.
“We’re going to give them a chance to win this trophy, and they’re going, ‘We want this.
We want that.
This is what we want.'”