The Colorado College Tigers changed up their look, but not much else as they prepared to take on Div. I independent Arizona State (4-9-3) for the first time this weekend.
The Sun Devils’ schedule around a quick break for Christmas will be hectic, and they asked if they could wear their white jerseys Saturday and Sunday at The Broadmoor World Arena.
That was fine with longtime head equipment manager Gord “Spud” Hamilton, whose black road jersey design, introduced this summer, will debut in front of home fans on Saturday.
“Spud is pretty stoked about them and we’re pretty stoked to wear them,” Tigers forward Tanner Ockey said.
A design idea will come to Hamilton, now in his 10th season with the Tigers, and he’ll play around with it on a computer program until he likes it. Then he’ll run it past the CC brass, including athletic director Ken Ralph, and sometimes it all comes together.
This time, he said, his vision was fully realized.
“It’s nice to sort of have something germinate in your head and actually look the way you thought it would,” Hamilton said. “Often times because of material or time or cost, it doesn’t quite the way you wanted, but this one came out bang-on.”
The design is similar to the one worn in a game against Denver at Coors Field in February 2016.
“We came up with the original design for Battle on Blake, but we didn’t have as much grey on those, especially around the numbers and names, but it was just a one-off,” Hamilton said. “Everybody was sitting so far away, so we tried to make it as crisp as possible.
“When we revisited changing jerseys again this year, I thought that concept needed a little more punch, so we added some grey trim to spice it up.”
Colorado College (7-7-2, 3-5-2) is coming off an emotional series in which it tied then-No. 1 Denver twice. Each team scored once in double-overtime to secure extra conference standings points.
The Tigers have been better at home (4-2-1) and on Saturdays (5-2-1), though usually those Saturday night games don’t open the series. The Tigers find themselves in the position, unusual recently at this point in the season, of having a better record than their opponent.
“We don’t want to think of it as a letdown. Every team in college can beat any team,” Ockey said, pointing to a series last season when the 5-12-1 Tigers tied and then beat No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth.
“We’re gonna treat them the way the way we treat any other team.”