When the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in the second home game of the season, there's a good chance only one team will be in red.
The Canes hope to unveil their new, NHL-approved alternate jerseys — expected to be black with the team's secondary, waving-flag logo on the chest — at the Caniac Carnival in September and could wear them on the ice as early as Oct. 13 against Detroit.
“We wouldn’t wear it Opening Night,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. “Our jerseys as they are now are really nice jerseys in red and they’re really popular. … It could be (Detroit). It won’t be Opening Night, but after that sooner rather than later, probably. We haven’t made that decision.”
While the Canes obviously aren't talking about the design, there's a fan artist's conception of what the new jersey may look like floating around on the Web (scroll down that page), presumably based on the N&O's reporting on the subject back in January 2007:
The launch of the new uniforms will delay the introduction of a third, alternate Carolina jersey -- black, with the secondary flag logo replacing the swirling-storm logo. The Canes were hoping to unveil those this fall, but Rutherford said they'll be pushed back to fall 2008 at the earliest.
So here we are approaching the fall of 2008, and that schedule remains on course. With as many as 18 teams unveiling new alternate jerseys this season, production delays could push back the launch or the debut.
The Canes had been one of only three teams without a third jersey at some point. The Red Wings and New Jersey Devils are the others.