Donning throwback jerseys isn’t a foreign practice in the NHL. Countless teams have utilized a throwback style jersey for their alternate uniforms for some time now. However, a different, slightly more unique take has seen a few clubs don throwback jerseys for one-off games in an effort to switch up their look for a night to a bygone era.
These one-off jersey nights have given me hope to see the Sabres bring back their black and red uniforms once or twice a season in a fashion similar to their league brethren. However, it would seem as if that’s nothing more than a pipedream as there have been multiple mentions (in previous blog summits for example) of the disinterest in looking back to that particular era of Sabres hockey and the ownership troubles that came with it.
With that in mind, perhaps the Sabres would consider a different look for a cool, one-off jersey night. That of the Buffalo Bisons hockey club that preceded the Sabres from 1940-1969. Continue reading →
In case you haven’t heard, old is new in Western New York. All new construction bids must be accurate to the Canal-era, historic preservation is the hip thing to do and sports teams are reverting to their past with uniform designs.
The Bisons joined the Bills and Sabres on the retro train with today’s logo unveiling. The new logo is a new take on the original batting Bison logo which has recently stepped in as the team’s alternate logo. As the picture shows, the new logo is the same batting Bison but with softer details and more of a royal blue than the navy from the throwbacks. I am, however, a fan of the wordmark. It isn’t close to being superior to the classic script of the throwback, but it is bold and an improvement over the last wordmark.
The understated baseball stitching is a nice touch and compliments the logo quite well. However, Buster looks almost devoid of any sort of detail aside from his snout and eyes. The throwback logo – which this is obviously based on – gives far more detail in every portion of Buster. That alone makes this logo inferior to the original. The lack of general detail looks weak and somewhat cheap. While the direction was clearly spot on, the execution wasn’t. Continue reading →