Prince Albert SK- The Prince Albert Raiders unveiled their new uniforms and logo Thursday afternoon in the Ches Leach Lounge, kicking off the “Green Movement” for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
The new uniform and logo have evolved the Raiders look starting in September, marking the third uniform change in the 43-year history of the hockey club.
The franchise’s first jersey was worn in the SJHL years, from 1971-1982, consisted of a green jersey with the team name written in a half-moon on the chest. The junior “A” jersey was worn by many famous Raiders such as Theran Welsh, Alvin Moore, James Patrick, Dave Tippet, Brad McCrimmon and Mark Odnokon.
When the franchise was accepted into the Western Hockey League in 1982, the uniform changed to feature the Raider man logo and was the mark of the team that won the Memorial Cup in 1985. Among the legendary Raiders to wear the “Raider man” were Mike Modano, Dave Manson, Ken Baumgartner, Dan Hodgson Rich Pilon and Dean McAmmond among many others from 1982 until 1996.
After 14 years, the team needed to transform once again to keep up with the changes in junior hockey that saw merchandising and licensing become a main revenue stream for teams, as the franchise adopted the Raider head logo that has been with the team from 1996-2013. Among those to wear the most recent Raider uniform are players such as Scott Hartnell, Chris Phillips, Nick Schultz, Kyle Chipchura, Dane Byers, Mark McNeill and Harrison Ruopp.
After documenting the logo and uniform changes adopted by Western Hockey League teams in the recent years, the franchise decided to upgrade and modernize their uniform, while returning to the team’s roots of using a primarily green jersey.
A variety of current players, alumni, minor hockey “Raiders” and fans were on hand for the unveiling