Michigan Tech
2000-2009

Detailed Jersey Set Notes


1999-2002


 

Comments:
This third generation of the "Husky Head" design of the road jerseys marked a drastic change from previous designs. A two color outlined "Michigan Tech" was now boldly featured below the main crest. Gone were the straight block letters and numbers as well. Nameplates were arched with two color lettering and the numbering also had a much more rounded appearance. Clint Way graduated in 2001 so this jersey did not receive the WCHA 50th patch shown below.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tags
Bauer Logo (hem)
WCHA Logo
Sleeve

Back Numbers
Collar Size
Nameplate
In Action


2001-2002   Variation


 

Comments:
Here are some variations I observed for the 2001-02 season. The most obvious change was the addition of WCHA 50th Anniversary patches to the back of all the jerseys, just above the name. This Brown jersey was also recycled and the new nameplate had a much greater arc than the original nameplate. Small American flag decals were also added to the helmets in memory of September 11, 2001.

One odd jersey used this season by #3 Clay Wilson sported a NIKE logo just below the neckline on the front of the jersey. I do not know why this jersey was being used other than it was made up after they stopped using the Bauer tagging and switch over to Nike branding.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tags
Bauer Logo (hem)
WCHA 50th Patch
Sleeve Numbers

"MichiganTech"
Nameplates
Fight Strap


2000-2003

 

Comments:
This 5th generation of the "Husky Head" jersey design marked a drastic change from the previous versions. A modern two color twill "MichiganTech" was featured below the front crest. Contrasting color shoulder yokes were added along with a more rounded and slanted style of numbering. The names were single color sewn on nameplates and were arched over the back numbers. The WCHA logo was emboidered on the right chest and BAUER was embroidered on the back hem. For the 2001-02 season, all WCHA teams added a patch celebrating the 50th anniversary of the WCHA (1951-2001) to the back of their jerseys. Michigan Tech left them on the home jerseys for the 2002-03 season as well.

Close-up Detail Images:

Bauer tags
Back hem logo
WCHA 50th patch
WCHA logo

Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Nameplate


2001-2005

 

Comments:
This set of alternate jerseys departed from the previous modern look of the two previous sets and was similar to those worn as alternates for the GLI games in 1994 and 1999. The jerseys were a very large knit with lace up necks manufactured by Pederson. The cresting and numbers (arms, back, and front) were two color sewn twill. One other departure from the norm was that this set of jerseys was used for four seasons.

Close-up Detail Images:

Wash tag
Back hem Pederson logo
Cresting

Nameplate
Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Custom shortened sleeves


2002-2004


 

Comments:
This set of jerseys was nearly identical to the previous set. Only a few items on the exterior changed. A Nike swoosh was now just below the neckline replacing the Bauer that had previously been embroidered on the back hem. The tagging now reflected Nike namebranding as well. The silver striping at the shoulders was now a border between the gold shoulder yoke and black body, in contrast the to previous set where the silver stripe was set within the black body of the jersey.
One interesting note about this set of jerseys is that they were only used for two seasons. Rather than replacing the Pedersons gold mesh jerseys after three seasons, the team took the opportunity to replace the black set so they could update their road jersey design (see below) to more closely resemble the home (white) style.
The jersey shown was worn by Taggart Desmet. In the 2003-04 season Desmet was put on a line with Colin Murphy and Chris Connor. The high scoring trio quickly became known to fans as the Run D.M.C. line, named after a popular rap group of the 1990's.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tagging
WCHA Logo
Sleeve

Back Number
Nameplate
Wash Tagging


2003-2006

 

Comments:
The 2003-04 season brought a new coach and a new look to the Huskies. For the first time in 10 years, the script "Huskies" was back as the primary logo on the home jerseys. The "Husky Head" logo was retained and moved to the shoulder area. The modern "MichiganTech" logo was also retained, but it was moved to the back of the jersey below the numbers. This caused the numbers to be place slightly higher on the back of the jersey. As a result, names were not originally worn on the jerseys. Here are two game photos from the 2003-04 season: Front and the Back showing no names being used.

In 2008 a fan was seen wearing a 2004-06 Tyler Shelast jersey from this set. They were nice enough to allow photos of the front and the back.

Arched gold names on black nameplates were added to the jerseys prior to the start of the 2004-05 season.) The numbers went back to the block style used for most of the 1990's. The "SP" logo was embroidered on the back hem of the jersey and the "WCHA" logo was also embroidered on the right chest of the game jerseys.

So what is the story of the jersey shown at the left? This jersey was acquired in 2012 from a party who claimed to have won it in a team auction in 2003. However, the year is likely not correct as the jersey is signed by head coach Jamie Russell and 24 members of the 2004-05 team. So the jersey was likely released by the team some time after the fall of 2004.

It should also be noted that the jersey does not have the WCHA logo embrodered on the right chest even though this is an authentic jersey. This may be the reason the jersey was not used, or maybe incorrect sizing selected as Clay Wilson did wear #3 at this time (his signature is on this jersey) but for some reason he did not wear this jersey.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck tagging
OT logo on neck
Sleeve numbers

Back numbers
Fight strap

Jersey Signed by:

Coach Russell
1 - Bryce Luker
3 - Clay Wilson
4 - Mark Malekoff
6 - Lars Helminen
7 - Malcolm Gwilliam
8 - Tyler Shelast
9 - Taggart Desmet
10 - Phil Pietila
13 - Mike Batovanja
14 - Ryan Markham
16 - Tyler Skworchinski
17 - Cam Ellsworth

20 - John Scott
21 - Brandon Schwartz
22 - Jimmy Kerr
23 - John Hartman
24 - Jale Wilkens
25 - Chris Conner
26 - Jordan Foote
28 - Nick Anderson
29 - Peter Rouleau
32 - Pekka Saittakari
33 - Kevin Hachey
XX - Brad Sullivan??


2004-2007


 

Comments:
Designed to be similar to the home jerseys introduced in the 2003-04 season, this new road set included the script "Huskies" as well as a arched block style "MICHIGAN TECH" on the front. The jerseys were produced by S&P in a type of airknit material. The hem striping is part of the jersey body, but the striping across the shoulders and sleeves are thin sections of additional airknit material. The front crest consists of individual sewn still letters for "MICHIGAN TECH" and the main "Huskies" logo is gold on silver twill, with a negative outline of black twill. While all colors are sewn, only the base silver layer is sewn to the jersey. A small S&P logo is embroided directly on the back hem and the WCHA logo is embroidered directly on the right chest of the jersey.
Unfortunately when these jerseys went to the public via jersey raffles, they were all autographed by the entire team on the front with silver marker.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tagging
WCHA Logo
SP Logo on Hem
Sleeve

Back Number
Cresting
Fight Strap
Name on Nameplate


2005-2009

 

Comments:
Another new look for the Huskies as they moved to OT Sports as a supplier with these dazzle material jerseys. The jerseys featured a new style of numbers that were rounder and silver found its way back into the color scheme. Black mesh inserts were added under the arms. The front crest has a base of black twill, however both the white and silver are fully embroidered. This set also saw action in four seasons before being replaced. The numbers were done in three color sewn twill - black on silver with the third color being a white edging. The names were a single color black sewn twill on a dazzle nameplate. Most of these jerseys from this set were raffled by the team at home games (5, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31).

Close-up Detail Images:

Wash tag
WCHA logo
Cresting
Shoulder patch
Fight strap
Team Photo (2005-06)

Nameplate
Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Captain's "C"
OT logo on neck


2006-2008

 

Comments:
Very similar to the alternate jerseys produced by OT Sports, these jerseys were also made from "dazzle" material. The jerseys featured three color twill numbers, however the gold color is only a thin edging. The WCHA and MTU logos on the front of the jersey are embroided patches which were then sewn onto the jersey. The main crest on the front is gold twill with the black and silver sections added via embroidery. The gold inserts under the arms are mesh and are also edged with silver and black piping. The shoulders have two layers of material and the elbows have also be reinforced with very tight airknit type of material. Click HERE to view all the details on this set of jerseys as they sent to OT Sports for production. (Thanks Mitch's Misfits / MTU for the image.)

Unfortunately, like the last few sets of jerseys to be released by the team through jersey raffles, all of the nameplates have been stripped off the jerseys (per NCAA policy) and the jerseys were also autographed by the entire 2008-09 hockey team.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck tagging
OT logo on neck
Fight strap
WCHA logo

Back numbers
Sleeve numbers
Front crest


2007 Prototype


 

Comments:
This jersey was purchased via Ebay in 2014. It appears to be a 2007 prototype redesign of the home jerseys. While some might say it would make more sense this is a 2006 jersey (before the team first added OT sports as their supplier), our estimate of 2007 is based on the fact that three jerseys were sold on Ebay of this style. The player names and numbers were Cousens #26 (MTU 2007-11), Batavanja #17 (MTU 2004-07 after playing 2003-04 at Findlay), and Pierro-Zabotel #17 (did not sign his NLI until July 2007, but could not clear the NCAA Elgibility Center and decommitted in November 2007). Another item that points us to 2007 is the (incorrect) lack of slant to the cresting which matches the road jerseys (below) which did see the ice starting in 2007-08.

 

The main changes to this jersey are the black shoulders continuing all the way down the arms to gold cuffs, swap of the underarm piping colors (silver inside of black) and the sleeve number colors due to being on black rather than the previous white sleeve material. Although not shown on the above 2006-08 jersey, this prototype jersey does have the same style name (color and font) that was used on those jerseys. The back numbers also appear to be the identical style.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tagging
Wash Tag
WCHA Logo
OT Logo on Neck
Sleeve

Back Number
Cresting
Name on Nameplate
MichiganTech Logo
Fight Strap


2007-2010


 

Comments:
The road jerseys were the last set to be converted over to OT Sports. They featured similar designs and a much lighter weight construction. The body of jerseys were dazzle nylon with mesh inserts under the arms. One interesting note on this set of jerseys is the angle of the front cresting, incorrectly almost flat rather than the traditional slope rising to the right. All of the numbers were done in three color sewn twill.
As with other OT jerseys, blank on-ice authentics were offered for sale through the arena pro shop and the Huskies fan club also offered lettered and numbered authentic jerseys for sale as well. While this is great for the fans, the job of determining which jerseys were actually game used will be much more difficult to determine as the years go by.

Close-up Detail Images:

Neck Tagging
WCHA Logo
OT Logo on Neck
Sleeve

Back Number
Cresting
Fight Strap
Alternate Captain's "A"


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