Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Princeton's New Look

When the new 2015-16 season started in October, Princeton displayed redesigned jerseys for the first time in 10 years, as shown above on sophomore goaltender Ben Halford.

Gone was the university shield that emblazoned the front in the days of previous coaches Guy Gadowsky and Bob Prier. The shield has shifted upwards to the jersey shoulders, while the school name now appears in an arched orange letters over each player’s number, also in orange, on both the white home and black road jerseys.

It’s the first time the Tigers have sported a player’s number on the jersey front in many years. Back in the Don “Toot” Cahoon days of the late 1990s, when the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament for the first time, the jerseys featured a script “Princeton” in black or white on the front, but no digits. The shield logo on the front came along when Gadowsky came aboard from Alaska Fairbanks in 2004-05, and remained through last season, the first at the helm for current Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty.

Princeton won three of four games in late November/early December in their new togs, including back-to-back victories at Brown and Yale, and also recorded a win over Clarkson. The traditional throwback look with the numeric front has been one that has served the ECAC well in recent years. Besides Princeton, league members Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, St. Lawrence and Yale all currently sport a similar motif on at least one of their uniforms.

The Tigers, mired in 12th place in the ECAC standings, finish out the regular season this weekend at home at Hobey Baker Rink against Yale and Brown.

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