The Peterborough Petes from the Ontario Hockey League could be entering their gothic phase if their new alternate jerseys are anything to go by.
The Petes unveiled the new jerseys on Saturday, January 20, on their website and social media channels, just hours before debuting them on the ice against the Saginaw Spirit. The jerseys are nearly all black, with logos and stripes only visible through a very dark gray.
The base of the jersey is black, and the Petes logo on the front is dark gray. The shoulders are also dark gray, with angular shoulders and wide bands around the arms.
“The Peterborough Petes are excited to present our fans with our official alternate jerseys at the PMC. We hope fans enjoy the sleek new look and aesthetic design elements in place. These jerseys will serve as an alternative to the traditional maroon and white and will bring the brand forward in new, unique ways.”
— Adam King, Marketing Director, Peterborough Petes
The numbers on the back and sleeves are in black for better legibility, with white outlines. The names on the back are solid white.
The alternate jerseys feature a recolored version of the patches found on the regular home and away jerseys of the Petes on the shoulders. The patch is shield-shaped with the letters „TPT“ inside, along with the Petes logo and nine horizontal pinstripes. When the team was founded in 1956, it was sponsored by Toronto-Peterborough Transport and was known as TPT Petes. In 1966, the team officially changed its name to „Peterborough Petes.“
Black has been a small part of the Petes‘ identity over the years, appearing in varying logos and uniforms. However, it has never been seen to this extent before.
The new alternate jerseys will be paired with black helmets, pants, gloves, and socks „to provide Petes fans with a comprehensive visual experience,“ according to the team’s website. Complementing the jersey, the socks feature a wide dark gray stripe.
The jerseys were designed by Kyle McDonald of Pioneer Inc., who also led a redesign of the Petes‘ home and away jerseys unveiled at the start of the 2023-24 OHL season.