While we were originally promised our first look at the 2014 NHL Draft, the Anaheim Ducks have decided to unveil their new home and away uniforms a bit early. The official Anaheim Ducks twitter account tweeted out a photo of both the new home and away jerseys the Ducks will wear for the 2013-14 season.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) June 27, 2014
As expected, the design is heavily inspired by the Ducks alternate jersey they have worn since 2010. I say inspired, as some slight modifications have been made, specifically the inclusion of a lace up collar and orange trim on the numbers instead of gold. The away jersey is an inverse of the home, but includes a black shoulder yoke.
It is great to see the Webbed D logo promoted to primary crest status, as the Ducks word mark logo used on the jerseys since 2006 made for one of the more boring looks in the NHL. Also carried over from the alternate is the Mighty Ducks inspired shoulder patch. This marks the first time since the 2006 re-brand that the classic Mighty Ducks logo is being featured on the Ducks home and away jerseys.
The lace up collar is an interesting shift, but one of the more overused trend in the NHL today. Before the New York Rangers brought the lace up collar back in 1997, the trend had not been seen in the NHL for two decades. Now nearly every team has at least one jersey with laces. Since the Reebok Edge made its debut in 2007, the Ducks were one of five teams whose jerseys featured a wishbone collar. The Colorado Avalanche are now the only team to feature it.
With the third jersey being retired, we will likely see speculation over the next few seasons that the Ducks will be adding another alternate. Some potential third jerseys ideas: a throwback to the old Mighty Ducks jerseys, a orange alternate similar to the Ducks stadium series jerseys, or something based off the alternate logo.
Overall, with this update the Ducks go from having one of the more boring identities in the NHL to having a modern, cleaner look.