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Fantastic Fashions – The LA Kings Go “Retro”

13 Feb

1997-98 Score - Rob Blake

According to NHLUniforms.com, this jersey was worn by Rob Blake and the Los Angeles Kings to celebrate their 30th year in the NHL on March 27, 1997.  What they don’t mention is how the Kings botched this retro attempt in a fairly brutal way.

See, what happened is that the Kings tried to do retro before everyone else was doing retro, and hence, they did it before anyone knew how to do it properly.  Instead of getting new helmets, gloves and pants (or shells), the Kings went with the jersey and socks, but kept everything else black.  The end result was definitely not ideal.

Eventually, the Kings got retro right, but it was not to be in 1997.

Fantastic Fashions – Kelly Hrudey

20 Oct

1990-91 Pro Set - Kelly Hrudey

While probably most famous for his bandana, we will save that Kelly Hrudey post for another day.  Right now, we need to look at what’s going on in Hrudey’s 1990-91 Pro Set card.

The mask is something else.  I think Arturs Irbe and Hrudey shopped at the same store in the early 1990’s.  That whole thing with the white neck guard hanging down is just a mess.

The pads – I just don’t understand what’s going on here.  First of all, it looks like Hrudey hadn’t gotten a new set of pads since his rookie season in 1983-84.  Those things have been abused.  Secondly, he came to Los Angeles partway through the 1988-89 season.  Either he took waaaaay to long to break in black and white pads, or (more likely) Pro Set used an old photo.

No matter what, in terms of fashion, Hrudey is just pulling together all kinds of terrible on this card.

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