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Tuesday, January 23, 2021

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It ain’t often that the hoops guys can take a lesson from the professional puckheads, but the development of new, streamlined hockey uniforms is a prime example:

The uniform shift is bound to spark controversy among players and hockey traditionalists. To stave off the kind of player revolt that derailed the NBA’s composite ball from Spalding, the NHL and Reebok incorporated feedback from the NHL Players Association, general managers, retired stars and even draft picks. Nearly all 750 NHL players, from superstars to enforcers, have been personally fitted by Reebok, Jennings says. More than half the teams have practiced in the uniforms, O’Toole says.

NHLPA director of hockey affairs Mike Gartner says the union got involved later in the process. He believes the player input pushed full rollout back to next season from this season. But Gartner gives credit to Reebok for listening to complaints and making modifications. “By doing that, they avoided the NBA ball,” he says.

Take notes, David Stern. It didn’t have to get to the point of league-wide paper cuts for you to start listening to your own players/employees. Talk with them instead of to them.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/23/2007 02:43:29 PM
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