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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Winnipeg Jets new sweaters channel aviation, Canada


Winnipeg Jets players Eric Fehr (L-R), Mark Stuart, Nik Antropov and Andrew Ladd wear their new NHL jerseys during an event unveiling their new uniforms in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (FRED GREENSLADE - REUTERS)
If someone told you to close your eyes and envision a massive, continent-sized fighter jet landing on top of Canada, you might conjure up something similar to the new Winnipeg Jets jersey design.

If you imagine the Canadian landmass to look like a maple leaf, that is. (Okay, so perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch.)

The Jets debuted their snazzy new sweaters during a dramatic unveiling in which players trotted out of the back hatch of a Canadian Forces Hercules aircraft at a local air force base.

The new design pays homage to the old Jets logo while attempting to put a modern twist on the jet and adding a new color scheme based on the “Aviator Blue” color used by the Royal Canadian Air Force on its traditional flags. The two-toned gray jet in the center of the logo is perched atop a red maple leaf, which will surely ruffle some feathers in Toronto.

Said Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff: “We wanted to create a look that worked well with Reebok’s modern and innovative ‘Edge System’ uniforms.”

Former Capitals winger Eric Fehr was one of the players on hand to model the unis. The Caps visit their new Southeast Division rivals on Nov. 17.

So, hockey fans, what do you think of the new-look Jets?

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