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What’s Happening: NHL jersey fanatics stand up. A new book detailing the origin stories of the names and logos of 47 NHL franchises just hit the bookstands Tuesday. Titled, “Fabric of the Game: The Stories Behind the NHL's Names, Logos, and Uniforms," the book was published by Simon & Schuster and Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald wrote the forward.

Tell Me More: The book shares details about the iconic Bruins spoked B, the Panthers goal to highlight an endangered Florida animal, the Quebec Nordiques' classic insignia and more. There’s also funny anecdotes like the fact that the Columbus Blue Jackets were almost named the “Frostys” as an ode to the city where Wendy’s was born.

The Authors: The idea for the book came to authors Chris Creamer (editor of SportsLogos.net) and Todd Radom in 2017, theScore’s Nick Faris writes. “They went to Tim Hortons. They listened in the car to The Tragically Hip, the band that sang about Bill Barilko and Bobby Orr. They checked out vintage jerseys and century-old game programs at the Hockey Hall of Fame's suburban Toronto resource center. They watched the Maple Leafs skate and later bought last-minute tickets to the club's home date with the Detroit Red Wings, landing reasonably priced seats in the lower bowl at center ice.”

A chance encounter with Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s dad, at the end of the evening served as a sign for the authors, leading them to embark on a research project involving decades-old newspapers, magazines and other sources.

They even discuss the Seattle Kraken, who announced its name and logo five months ago.

The Bigger Picture: We thought about updating you on the ongoing discussions involving the 2020-2021 NHL season — and we will next week — but Creamer and Radom’s book evokes the sort of childhood nostalgia that we all could use right now. As the weather gets colder, there’s no better time to throw on your favorite old school sweater and lace up the skates.


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