Michigan Tech
1990-1999

Detailed Jersey Set Notes


1991-1993

 

Comments:
At least one set of gold jerseys were produced by CCM during these years. The jerseys were Ultrafil with two color sewn twill numbers (black on gold for the sleeves and black on white for the back). The names were also two color sewn twill (black on white) on a nameplate. A CCM logo was present on the back hem, however it was very small (about 1/3" x 1"). The WCHA logo was embroidered in black on the right chest. The neckline was two color, black and white.
Most of these jerseys were raffled and I have seen a few with fans over the years at games. The jersey shown became part of the collection through a former equipment manager of another WCHA team from that era.

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1991-1994


 

Comments:
This set was manufactured by CCM. This is not obvious to the casual observer because the large CCM logo in a white-white-white sequence located on the back hem was covered with a black patch. Although I do not know exactly why this was done, I have seen jerseys from several other WCHA teams used in the same years that also had the CCM logo covered. The jersey material is Maska Ultrafil, a tighly woven nylon knit. The neck is two color - a wide white band on the outside, and a narrower gold band on the inside. Fight straps were used in these jerseys, one peice velcro with two metal snaps. All the numbers and cresting are done in two-color twill. The back numbers (12") and the crest are white on gold, and the arm numbers (4.25") are gold on black. Although I eventually purchased this jersey from a dealer, I have no doubts about its authenticity because I was acutally offered the chance to buy it right from the team in 1995 when I bought my first ever "gamer". I had no interest in this one at the time however because it was not the current style. I was lucky enough to get a second chance at this one 4 years later, how often does that happen? This jersey is an easy match to a media day photo of MTU captain Jeff Hill due to the way the bottom of the "C" curves in. In 2000 I met Jeff at the MTU Hockey Alumni reunion and he signed the jersey on the inside behind the crest.

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Neck Tag
CCM Cover
CCM (Inside)
WCHA logo
Sleeve Numbers

Back Numbers
Captain's "C"
Media Day Candid
Autograph


1993-1994   Variations


 

Comments:
This set of jerseys is still somewhat of a mystery. Due to lack of photos from road games in most publications, it is unclear if this was a completely new set of jerseys, or they could simply be "filler" jerseys that were added to the 1991 set for the 1993-94 season.
The photo at the left was taken on media day prior to the start of the 1993-94 season and was published in the 1993-94 yearbook as well. The picture clearly shows that there were changes in these two sets of jerseys although they do look nearly idential at first glance. If you click on the photo to the left it will open in a new window and you can then get a closer look at the changes.
The standing players are wearing the original jerseys from the 1991 set (including the #5 show above with the "C" which can be seen on the right in the back row) and the kneeling players have the newer jerseys with the following changes noted:
1) Script "Huskies" Crest - Now more detailed allowing for the jersey material to show through in several areas which were previously filled with the gold outline color (inside of "U", center of "s", and between the letters "i-e-s")
2) Change in Numbers - Numbers were now more slender and shaped in a new way. The photo highlights a number "2" from each jersey. In the older set the top and bottom of the two are connected with a diagonal where as the newer style has a horizontal mid-section much like an upside-down "5".
3) Moved WCHA Logo - On the original set, the WCHA was positioned much higher, above the bottom of the neck line which causes it to drape off the shoulder. In the newer set it was lowered to just above the cresting to allow it to appear level when worn.
4) Nameplate & Hem Logos - Although not shown in this photo, two other major changes included a CCM embroidered logo on the back hem which was greatly reduced in size and the addition of nameplates.

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Neck Tag
CCM Logo
WCHA logo

Sleeve Numbers
Back Numbers
Media Day Candid


1993-1994

Comments:
A new era in the design of MTU's jerseys began in 1993. This was the first year of what has become known as the "Husky Head" design. This set of jerseys was only used for one season. Although they are similiar to home jerseys that were used in following years, they can be easily distinguished from other sets by the three color neck that these jerseys featured. I have not seen one of these jerseys since the final game of the 1993-94 season.

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1993-1994   Throwback
US Hockey Hall of Fame

 

Comments:
This set of jerseys was produced for the first game of the 1993-94 NCAA Division I hockey season. The game was played at the University of Minnesota (October 15, 1993) for the US Hockey Hall of Fame celebration. There was also a set of Minnesota throwback jerseys made up for this game. (Front View and Back View) The Tech jerseys were manufactured by Bauer and designed to replicate those worn in the 1930's. Like others worn at this time, the jerseys were Bauer ProWear polyester knit. They had one piece velcro fight straps with two snaps and a very large Bauer patch on the back hem. The back numbers and "Michigan Tech" crest were done in black twill and the neck was solid black as well. Most of these jerseys entered the hobby through a dealer (numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7GI, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30). However a couple of the remaining jerseys were raffled by the team.

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Neck tagging
Back hem logo

Back numbers
Sleeve numbers


1994   GLI Throwback

 

Comments:
These jerseys were used during the 30th Great Lakes Invitational. They were manufactured by Aaron Sportswear and featured lace-up black/white necks. The two-color white on black numbers and black names on nameplates which matched the jersey material, were all sewn down. A GLI 30th Anniversary patch was featured on the right chest. The Aaron Sportswear logo was embroidered on the back hem. I have never seen one of the game worn MTU jerseys in person or in the possession of any collector. Although each team in the GLI that year wore a set of throwback jerseys I have seen ONLY TWO jerseys (one each from U of Mich and Mich State) from any of the four teams. Very rare to say the least.

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See Prototype Below

See Prototype Below


1994 GLI Aaron Prototype

 

Comments:
This Aaron mesh jersey is one of two prototypes produced for Michigan Tech to use in the 1994 Great Lakes Invitational Tournament. (The GLI is played annually at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.) In planning for the 30th anniversary GLI, the local CCM Pro Sales Rep, and a Red Wings marketing manager, tossed around the idea of having throwback jerseys styled after those worn by the teams thirty years earlier and giving them to the players as gifts. (Traditionally, participants in the GLI tournament, have received a non-monetary gift from the tournament organizers.) The idea was well received and prototypes were requested.

CCM produced a Michigan Tech prototype, as did Aaron Sportswear, a local jersey manufacturer, who had provided jerseys to the Univ of Michigan and Michigan State in the past. (Co-hosts MTU and U of MI are in the GLI every year along with MSU and a 4th team which is selected each year by invitation.) Ultimately, it was decided that Aaron Sportswear would provide the jerseys for the 1994 tournament. (Aaron Sportswear also provided jerseys in 1999 for the GLI's 35th anniversary.) Although neither of the jerseys shown here were ever game worn, the story behind them makes them a very unique and welcomed addition to our collection.

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Neck tagging
Back hem logo
GLI 30th patch

Front numbers
Back numbers
Sleeve numbers

1994 GLI CCM Prototype


 

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Neck tagging
Back hem logo
GLI 30th patch

Front numbers
Back numbers
Sleeve numbers


1994-1995


 

Comments:
Starting in 1994 the script "Huskies" crest was replaced with the new "Husky Head" logo. Like the home jerseys, this set featured the twill MTU near both elbows. Bauer was now the manufacturer and other than the general material type for the body of the jersey nearly everything was changed from the previous set. The crest was constructed of three color twill with embroidered details. The numbers will also three color twill, gold on black on white. Sleeve numbers were 4.25" and the back numbers were 12.25". Names were two color twill (3.25" gold on white) on nameplates. The WCHA logo was embroidered in silver on the right chest and a small BAUER patch was on the back hem, outlined in silver. BAUER ProWear and size tags were located in the neck and the fight straps were velcro with two nylon snaps.

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Neck Tags
Neck Tags (Goalie)
Collar Size
Bauer Logo (Hem)

WCHA Logo
Sleeve
Back Numbers


1994-1995

 

Comments:
This second set of Bauer home whites had only one obvious design change. The prior three color neck was replaced with a solid gold design comprised of three overlapping layers of fabric. My guess is that this was the same neck design used other teams' jerseys that required multiple colors. The twill MTU remained at each elbow and an embroidered BAUER patch with a silver and gold outline was present on the back hem of the jersey.

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Neck tagging
Back hem
Back numbers
WCHA logo

Sleeve logo
Sleeve numbers
Nameplate


1995-1999


 

Comments:
In 1995, the road jerseys were also updated, matching the home jerseys. The most noteable change to the exterior of the jerseys was the movement of the "MTU" from the elbows to a more traditional location on each shoulder. The crest, numbering, names, striping, fight straps, and body material were all identical to the previous set. Subtle changes to the Bauer patch on the back hem (slightly shorter), the WCHA logo (now done in gold), and the neck (now much narrower gold band, making the opening bigger) are the only other ways to seperate this set from the previous one. The jersey shown for the front view was worn by Jason Prokopetz as captain. After he graduated, the "C" was removed but the glue residue remains.
NOTE: During the 1995-96 season, color coordinating patches were worn to celebrate the 75th season of MTU hockey. At the end of the season, all of the patches from the home, road, and alternate jerseys were removed.

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Neck Tags
Bauer Logo (hem)
"C" Outline
Shoulder Patch
WCHA Logo

Sleeve
Back Numbers
Collar Size
Nameplate


1995-1997

 

Comments:
Gold jerseys returned in 1995 for MTU's 75th season of hockey. Styled after the recently departed jerseys with the script Huskies on the front, this new version of the old standard was used as an alternate/3rd style. The jerseys were Bauer ProWear poly knit with two color twill (black on white) numbers, names (on nameplates), and script Huskies crests. The necks were solid black. As with all of their jerseys during 1995-96, these jerseys had 75th anniversary patches on the right chest just below the silver WCHA embroidered logo. However, because the jerseys would be used another season, the 75th patches on the gold, as well as the other two sets of jerseys, were removed after Tech ended their season by losing to the University of Minnesota in the championship game of the WCHA Final Five Playoffs.

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Neck tagging
Back hem Bauer logo
WCHA logo
MTU hockey 75th patch

Nameplate
Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Game photo (Jason Wright)


1995-1998

 

Comments:
This was the first set of home jerseys with the "MTU" shoulder patches. This set of jerseys can also be identified by the single thickness gold neck. Also the BAUER patch embroidered on the back hem, was outlined with silver only. The previous set had a two color gold/silver outline around the patch.
NOTE: During the 1995-96 season, color coordinating patches were worn to celebrate the 75th season of MTU hockey. At the end of the season, all of the patches from the home, road, and alternate jerseys were removed.

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Neck tagging
Hem logo
Shoulder patch
WCHA logo

Back Numbers
Sleeve numbers
Nameplate


1997-2001

 

Comments:
In 1997 the gold third jerseys were replaced with this nearly identical set. The Flying B Bauer logo was added to the left chest, the Bauer logo on the back hem was now directly embroidered in block letters, and the addition of the large black and blue Bauer sizing tag in the neck were the only changes. Other aspects of the jersey such as the WCHA logo embroidered in silver on the right chest, striping patterns, and solid black neck, remained unchaged from the previous set. In a bit of irony, the jersey shown at left was worn by Andy Lewis during 1997-98, as well as Matt Lewis 1998-00, (no relation) who both wore #3 during their time at MTU.

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Neck tagging
Back hem Bauer logo
"B" logo on front
Cresting

Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Fight strap
Nameplate


1998-2000

 

Comments:
Although the overall design of the jerseys is identical to the previous sets, there are a few items both on the outside and the inside of the jersey that will help you tell the two apart. This set of jerseys featured the "Flying B" BAUER logo on the left chest. The BAUER logo on the back hem was redesigned from a patch to directly embroidered, single color, black angled, block letters. On the inside, the BAUER ProWear tag was still present, and an additional tag, much larger in size, was also sewn into the neck which had the size information on it.

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Std neck tag
Goalie neck tag
Hem logo
Shoulder patch
WCHA logo

Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Bauer logo
Nameplate


1999   GLI Throwback

Comments:
Again for 1999, Michigan Tech wore throwback jerseys for the Great Lakes Invitational. The jerseys were a very large knit with lace up necks. The numbers (arms, back, and front) were two color sewn twill. Names were also two color twill sewn on plates made of jersey material. A GLI 35th patch was placed on the right chest. I can not find any jersey manufacturer identified on the outside of the jersey based on the photos I have seen, but I assume they were made by Aaron Sportswear.

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