We'll start on the shore of Lake Erie where the Lake Erie Monsters play. Actually, they play in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and fans everywhere will be able to make that distinction a lot easier this season after they added the word "Cleveland" to their logo for this season.
"The City of Cleveland and our community of fans and supporters here have given so much to the Lake Erie Monsters and are such a part of who we are as an organization, that we thought it made perfect sense to reflect that more in our identity,” said Mike Ostrowski, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Monsters. “While we of course represent and appreciate all of Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie region, we are proud to be in the heart of downtown Cleveland and strive to work and play with the same passion and grit that Clevelanders have come to be known for.”The
Overall, I think Lake Erie's look is a wash as they look fairly similar. The logo with "Cleveland" still isn't sitting well with me. Let's hope it grows on me and I don't end hating it too much.
The Springfield Falcons jumped into the alternate jersey mix, adding a brand-new look for the franchise. The Falcons will wear red this season as their alternate look, and the uniform is actually pretty decent.
Again, not a huge improvement for the Falcons, but it'll do. I can live with this alternate look.
In one bonus update, the NCAA's University of Wisconsin Badgers will be wearing a special patch this season on their uniforms. The Badgers will celebrate their 50th anniversary in the modern hockey era with a patch that could have special meaning.
First, the University of Wisconsin has won six national hockey championships in the NCAA, and there are six stars on the patch - three on each side. Coincidence?
Second, the name "Wisconsin" stretches across the entire state - a possible nod to being the most successful hockey program in the state. Notice that they don't have a star to represent the actual location of the University? I'd say that was done on purpose to represent the state-wide support for the Badgers. Having been there, I can honestly say that the state lives and breathes with Badger hockey.
I'm all for a patch, and not a jersey, to represent major milestones in a hockey program's history, and I think this patch works very well for Wisconsin. Good job, Badgers, on this one!
There are some updates to help you identify teams and new accoutrements on jerseys. If there are any additional changes for other teams, I'll have updates on them as well as we get closer to the starts of seasons!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!