UND Men's Hockey Team Debut New JerseysGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The UND Men's Hockey team debuted its new jerseys--"without" the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. This is the first time in years the logo is missing from jerseys because of NCAA sanctions.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The U-N-D Men's Hockey team debuted its new jerseys--"without" the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. This is the first time in years the logo is missing from jerseys because of NCAA sanctions.
No matter where you go around town Fighting Sioux gear is flying off the shelves, especially hockey jerseys and some worry as the UND hockey team phases out of the fighting sioux logo and nickname, so will the stores.
Rich Marsis/UND ALUM: "Every time we come to town we make sure to stop here to get some Sioux gear, part of its just because I'm a huge fan part of it is because we don't know when they're going to stop selling it."
Although they're technically *still* the "Fighting Sioux"--the NCAA bans mention of the nickname at NCAA sponsored events. And because of that U-N-D now sports "North Dakota" and the player number on the front of their sweaters--some fans were a bit uneasy to the new look.
Justin Johnson/UND ALUM: "I don't like it but its the nature of the beast, it's time for us to move on."
Rick Walker/UND FAN: "Without the logo there, it's going to be hard to get used to."
In the meantime, fans are making sure they can grab as much Sioux gear as they can hold.
Rich Marsis: "I get made fun of because of how much sioux gear I have, but gotta stock up."
Justin Johnson: "Eventually its going to end so I gotta start stocking up now while I have the opportunity."
North Dakota Alum and fans agree that 80 years of tradition doesn't compete with possibly loosing the *ability* to be a competitive team in the future.
Rich Marsis: "I'm definitely pro nickname but at this point I think we've gone far enough and it's starting to hurt other sports."
Justin Johnson: "We're always going to be the Sioux, its just not going to be on our jersey's."
Rick Walker: "Pride is still there, the name is still there--North Dakota--that's very important."
group yelling "GO SIOUX"
There's no word when the new jerseys will be on sale.