New players, new uniforms at NHL All-Star game
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
January 23, 2007
DALLAS (AP) -- Welcome to the new-look NHL, with plenty of fresh faces and new sleeker uniforms.
So much will be different Wednesday night when the NHL holds its first All-Star game since 2004.
First, there will be 20 first-time All-Stars led by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
"There are so many faces, new guys. It's fun. It's a fast league, a fun league. With the new rules, it's been great for the game," said Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier, one of 11 others making only his second All-Star appearance. "It's different hockey, but it's a lot more interesting and fun to watch."
The rules have changed in post-lockout hockey to increase scoring -- and goals were already easy to come by in All-Star games. Shootouts are now used to eliminate regular-season ties, and will even be part of the SuperSkills event Tuesday night instead of a breakaway team relay.
And the players will even look different on the ice, debuting new uniform systems that the NHL and Reebok have been testing and designing for more than two years. There were nearly 100 different versions before they came up with what the All-Stars will wear Wednesday night -- and all 30 NHL teams will beginning next season.
Players wore the uniforms during their light workout Monday night, and the difference was obvious -- they looked like they were hardly wearing any pads.
In the biggest change to NHL uniforms since the early 1960s, when synthetic fabrics replaced the old wool jerseys, the new streamlined Rbk EDGE Uniform System is designed provide additional range of motion and increase ventilation. The tighter jersey, pants and socks are redesigned with lighter fabrics to keep players drier and cooler.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom likes the new uniforms.
"Especially when I heard that I'm going to be faster," the 15-year veteran and nine-time All-Star said. "That's something I need now that I'm getting older."
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