Heritage night will see Winnipeg Jets take ice in South Asian-inspired jerseys
Reimagined logo inspired by patterns, motifs found throughout South Asian cultures, team says
The Winnipeg Jets will sport jerseys with a logo inspired by various South Asian designs as part of a new heritage night next month.
The jerseys players will wear during warmups on Feb. 11 will feature designs from traditional art forms, including rangoli, henna and bandhani, as part of a new South Asian heritage night, a news release from the team said on Monday.
"So far it's been pretty amazing, the reception," said Josh Dudych, director of creative services with True North Sports and Entertainment.
"Everything we've heard has been very positive and well-received. And I think the impression that I've got, anyway, is that the community is just really excited to be seen and acknowledged."
The organization said the colours and patterns of the latest jersey are inspired by "the vibrancy and diversity" of the many South Asian cultures.
Colours in the background of the reimagined Jets logo are inspired by fabrics found in South Asia, including phulkari, bandhani and saree.
The logo was created in partnership with local graphic designer Charmi Sheth, who came to Winnipeg from Aminabad, India.
"She contributed some really cool detail that we were able to incorporate into the logo," Dudych told CBC Up to Speed host Faith Fundal on Tuesday.
"We'll be showcasing some of her artwork into some of the game elements as well."
After the Feb. 11 game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Canada Life Centre, the jerseys will go to auction in support of Punjabi Community Health Services Manitoba. The auction runs from 5 p.m. CT on Feb. 16 until Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
Merchandise with the logo will go on sale at the Jets Gear store the week of Jan. 23, with a portion of proceeds also going to the Punjabi Community Health Services Manitoba.
The arena is going to open half an hour earlier than usual the night of the game so fans can come take in a range of South Asian food and performances.
The South Asian heritage night announcement comes a couple of months after the Jets hosted a Filipino heritage night.
Both heritage nights are about creating "a culture of inclusivity," Dudych said.
"There's an understanding that the face of Winnipeg and Winnipeg fans … is changing and diversifying," Dudych said.
"We want to make sure that fans that might not otherwise feel that they're seen are seen and acknowledged and feel that they have a place in our Winnipeg Jets family."