It's only fitting that a Colorado College hockey team heading into a season with a new conference and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program in January has a new, old-school home jersey.
"I like them," senior forward Jeff Collett said. "They are a little old school, which is what the guys like about them."
The new home whites, which feature black shoulders and black, gold and white sleeves with gold numbers were worn by the players for the first time Thursday while the team was recording its scoreboard video interviews at World Arena.
Some of the Tigers attempts at spelling Gustav Olofsson and Alexander Krushelnyski for the video did not merit as much praise as the new sweater did.
"I'm pumped up to get a new jersey and the guys are happy," sophomore center Cody Bradley said. "It's like getting a new stick or new skates."
The new white jerseys are scheduled to debut with the team for the Oct. 5 home exhibition game against New Brunswick. The jersey has larger, more distinct numbers on the back than the previous home whites.
"They had served their purpose," senior defenseman Eamonn McDermott said of the worn-out jerseys. "It was time."
The 2013-14 jerseys also have the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference shield logo on the right shoulder. That logo is also under the ice behind each net at World Arena, where workers were installing the dasher board advertising.
"It's like a new beginning with a new look," sophomore wing Hunter Fejes said.
The new road black jerseys are scheduled to arrive soon. Last season's gold alternate jerseys will also be worn this year.