Obtained: Purchased from friend, 2009
As mentioned before, the Preds are my favorite NHL team. Gotta stick with the home state, after all. When they debuted this design for their 3rd jersey in 2009, I knew I had to have one.
I got the opportunity to purchase this jersey from a friend at the Ice Bears games and chose Steve Sullivan because he was my favorite player. The logo is slightly different from the main logo in that the eyes are red instead of yellow. It sort of had a Toronto Maple Leafs feel to the design of the jersey, only with a darker blue.
The bottom stripes actually have a checkerboard design, but the navy/black contrast was almost invisible unless you saw it up close. It did not do very well on camera, which was a big drawback. Still, it’s an awesome concept and I wish they’d have kept it (when they went to the gold colored jersey design) as a 3rd, only with a better checkerboard strip at the bottom (white/navy would have worked, in my opinion.
The other drawback to this jersey is that the “IVAN” in the name is slightly duller than the “SULL” of Sullivan’s name. I’m not sure why that is. It’s not that noticeable (despite the image enhancement) but it does trigger my imaginary OCD complex…
This jersey is not for sale or trade.
Tomorrow: Speaking of Toronto…