The Chinese original 6 hockey jersey designs have been released. Designs are based on their NHL Partner uniforms.
The NHL has taken a visible leap in it’s quest to develop hockey as a profitable worldwide sport. The original 6 teams have released their future hockey jersey designs. To NHL fans they will look familiar as they are based on their partner teams from the NHL.
Fuqing Coals logo is based on the Edmonton Oilers. The team choose coals as it is a more common fuel used in China than oil. They also like how the logo looks like Goals and is very lucky for the team.
Beijing Bruins are the only team with Chinese writing on the logo, the Boston Bruins “B” is translated to the symbol 比.
The Bengbu Sabres logo replaces the Buffalo Sabres Bison and Calvary swords with an actual Buffalo and Chinese fighting Sabres.
The NHL wanted a name change for the Tianjin Reefs thinking that racist North Americans would joke that it is how Chinese Pronounce Leafs as in their partner the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team owners assured the NHL that pronouncing “L” like “R” is a Japanese thing not Chinese.
Beijing “Peking” Ducks are the second team for China’s capital city Beijing. With a population of over 21 million people there is room for many more teams. They may have one of the ugliest logos in the history of sports.
The Hong Kong Islanders – New York Islanders – boast that most of the hockey equipment used by they NHL players are manufactured in their city. They hope to research and test new equipment directly with the local teams without having to do to North America.
The NHL passed on the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea to focus on developing the Hockey World Cup. The NHL Team owners saw few benefits of shutting down the league and loaning their players to the IOC who make millions on hockey in the games.
Hockey is preferred over American sports who arrogantly claim world championships
The NHL Prefers to expand the hockey world cup to a worldwide event like Soccer. Chinese hockey is a big step as they have large population, resources and interest to quickly grow the sport. Even a passing interest by a fraction of the population could match the revenues and popularity that hockey has in the rest of the world.
Hockey also is preferred over American sports like Baseball and Football who arrogantly claim to play for the world championship when they are the only country involved.
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