The Gear Guru is a continuing periodical for The Sin Bin, utilizing a variety of #TeamSinBin members critiquing jerseys from across minor league hockey. In this installment, AHL Editor and Colorado Eagles correspondent C.C. Hawkley tackles the newest sweater set in the American Hockey League — the recently revealed home and away uniforms for the Henderson Silver Knights, the new AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Okay, I know that the majority of folks who follow my work aren’t used to me waxing poetic about hockey jerseys. But, as an unofficial critic of sports uniforms in the past, I definitely felt qualified enough to step up and put on the Gear Guru hat for an article.
On Monday night, the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights revealed their new home and away uniforms for their upcoming debut season in the Las Vegas Valley. Dubbed “Jersey Knight” (in a nod to the initial “Reveal Knight” back in May that unveiled the team’s new nickname and logo), Henderson Head Coach Manny Viveiros was on hand to help present the sweaters that the Silver Knights will don when the AHL (hopefully) starts in February 2021.
Vegas seized the low-hanging fruit by naming its AHL affiliate the next value down in competitive medals (or valuable metals) and tagged “Knights” to the end of it. The Silver Knights’ jerseys reflect much of the same.
It’s pretty obvious that Henderson took a lot of cues from their NHL parent club regarding their style and color scheme. It’s like Vegas just took a cookie cutter, plopped it down with a big “KA-CHUNK!”, got rid of any red from the VGK jersey template (foreshadowed when they considered and discarded a warhorse logo with GLOWING RED EYES), and changed the dominant color from gold to “Henderson Silver” (yes, that’s the name of the color…just like their embroidery is “Vegas Metallic Gold”). Even down to the gloves and socks, there seems to be no deviation from the Golden Knights model when applied to Henderson’s unis.
It was so predictable, that even the preceding jersey concepts almost hit the nail on the head.
Now, it would be an easy thing for me to sit here and bash the new Henderson jerseys for the reasons listed above and leave it at that. Could VGK have gotten a little more creative with its AHL affiliate’s on-ice outfits? Absolutely. Do I feel like they phoned it in with the design? Most certainly. However, I wanted to point out something that I failed to mention in my initial critique…
In my opinion, the Golden Knights’ jerseys are solid. They are just garish enough to represent the glitz of Las Vegas, yet not so much as to be intolerable. The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” principal for their AHL club stands firm and gets some understanding from me as to why they went that route.
Aside from the VGK-HSK carbon copy, there are little things I appreciate about Henderson’s set-up. I enjoy the option for the primary color on the home jerseys to be “Henderson Silver” instead of black like Vegas. The “Vegas Metallic Gold” for both the number and nameplate font embraces that aforementioned Las Vegas glitz and gives the gear just enough variation so as to not be confused with another monochromatic-colored Pacific Division rival.
I also paid much more attention to what the Silver Knights’ website calls an “embossed filigree pattern” on the sleeves (TOTALLY had to look up what filigree meant). I hadn’t realized the glitz was also embodied in the sleeves…the sleeves, for crying out loud. Just take a look.
Lastly, I’m a sucker for white gloves. They look so clean when paired with the away jerseys. They work with the Golden Knights, so why wouldn’t they work with the Silver Knights? Again, if it isn’t broken, leave it be.
The newly revealed Henderson jerseys look just as good as their NHL parent club’s, but therein lies the problem: they are pretty well identical. A part of me wishes the Silver Knights would have had a stylistic shift in the design of their uniforms and went for something a little more bold and unique. But, while it is very easy for me to point out the glaring similarities between the Vegas and Henderson jerseys, looking at the finer details gives a nice little silver lining (pun very much intended) to what would otherwise be a slightly underwhelming “Jersey Knight” in Nevada.