Last Saturday, the Colorado College Hockey team began their 2013-14 season with an exhibition game against the University of New Brunswick, the reigning Canadian Inter-University Sport champions. The program’s 75th season got off to an impressive start with the Tigers beating UNB 5-0. The game was also the debut of the Tigers’ new home jerseys. The new white jerseys have black shoulders and black, gold, and white sleeves with gold numbers. The backs of the jerseys are dominated by black numbers trimmed in gold. The bold, large numbers are clearly visible, solving a problem with the old home jerseys that had a stripe through the number. “I didn’t mind the old jerseys; however, it was difficult to read the numbers on the back due to the black stripe,” said senior forward and alternate captain Jeff Collett.
The Tigers looked great in their new jerseys. The stark white of the jerseys stood out against the slick ice as the Tigers crushed UNB. Even Prowler, our mascot, was sporting one of the new jerseys. The team reacted positively to the new jerseys. “Everyone really likes the new home jerseys; they have an old school/ new school feel,” said senior defenseman and captain Eamonn McDermott.
The jerseys also have a new shield logo on the right shoulder, the logo for the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Tigers are joining the NCHC, which consists of eight teams, for its inaugural season. One of the most notable differences will be the addition of post-game shootouts to settle overtime ties in league play; these shootouts will be for standing purposes only. Fans got to see a showcase shootout after the UNB game.
The Tigers are ready for the new challenges of the NCHC. “I think everyone is really excited about the NCHC. It is going to be a tough league and very challenging but I think were up to the challenge and playing good teams will only make us better,” said Collett.
By joining the NCHC in its first season, the Tigers are going to have a unique and exciting year. “There will not be an easy game. It is also special to be a part of the first year because of all the great schools that will be a part of this conference. We are all looking forward to the first season as a team,” said McDermott.
Of course, despite everything new, the fierce support of the Tigers’ fans has not changed. Multiple buses were packed with students anxious for the start of their favorite season, and they were not disappointed, rising to their feet ecstatically every time the Tigers scored to shout out the familiar chant of ‘Sieve!’
With the support of their fans and new jerseys to go along with their new conference, it looks like this 75th season will prime time for the hockey team to ‘be a new breed of tiger’.