When the University of North Dakota announced their new uniforms for the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, their black and green road uniforms were met with positive reviews by media and fans alike. However, their home black and white striped uniforms, called ‘Jailbreak’ by the manufacturer CCM, were met with raised eyebrows outside the Fighting Hawk family.
“We want to recognize our tradition and celebrate our aggressive style”, said head coach Brad Berry. “Sure, the boys have had some legal problems in the past, but this is all about regaining our ‘play tough’ attitude going forward.” Berry went on to call their home stadium, the Ralph Engelstad Arena ‘the big house.”
Team captain Austin Poganski said the new sweaters provided motivation. “I love the move to five numerals and the prison theme. During team dinners, we are having meals slid under our dorm doors. We call days without practice ‘work release’ and we call our ice ‘the yard’. We are going to start wearing ankle bracelets next week.”
Poganski said that the idea of ‘prison whites’ started shortly after DU won the national championship last season. “A couple of the guys went out and got tear-drop tattoos. That was the beginning.”
The Fighting Hawks will be donning their new home jerseys September 30th against Manitoba at The Ralph.