The Washington Capitals’ new playoff shirt is totally rad, you guys. Modeled by Michael Latta, the shirt is a riff on classic rock tour t-shirts of yore.
The text “Entitled to Nothing” on the front and 18 NHL cities as a tour itinerary on the back, the shirt evokes both nostalgia for the past and inspiration for the future.
Three cities on the back have teams who did not make the playoffs: Boston (Bruins), Raleigh (Hurricanes) and Denver (Avalanche). I’m guessing to get this printed on time, the Caps had to include a few bubble teams. No Canadian cities, obviously.
This is a great t-shirt. Kinda reminds me of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Caps Centre, baby.
The hat is awesome too. It has the roman numerals XVI, which stands for the 16 wins needed to earn the Stanley Cup.
UPDATE: The shirts and the hats were designed by Brett Leonhardt, the Capitals video coach, who previously designed the Stick to the Script hats and other apparel worn by the team. Stretch also compiled a motivational video that players watched before taking the ice Tuesday. Apparently it was pretty good.
“He did an excellent job,” head coach Barry Trotz said of Leonhardt’s video. “He showed a lot of things that are personal and that’s why I’d like it to stay personal. It was done for them. It was done to motivate them. When you came out of there, a lot of guys would say the hair on your on arms would be tingling. It was made them by our video coaches. For me to expound on it, it would really take away about the real personal touch for the players. I hope you can respect that because it was done for them. You don’t want to get a custom pair of shoes and then I walk out the door and the guy that’s walking in is wearing them. It would take a lot of that away.”
Additional reporting by Chris Gordon.
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