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>Student Design Contest Winner Named

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Miami’s Alternate Jersey for 2011-12 Unveiled


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February 15, 2011

Oxford, Ohio – Yesterday, Miami University sophomore Chris Pratt, was named the winner of the 2011 RedHawks Hockey Jersey Design Contest. The white sweater, to be worn mainly for home games, features the return of the RedHawk logo as the centerpiece of the design for the first time since 2004. Additionally, the new alternate uniform includes red stripe patterns and white numerals reminiscent of Miami jerseys of the past few years and a lace-up collar.

“I looked at a bunch of different jerseys to try and get an idea for what I wanted to do and combined various elements of the jerseys I liked. The jersey got the most influence from the 1927 Toronto Maple Leafs’ jerseys, which I loosely based the stripes off of,” said Pratt, a mechanical engineering major. “I wanted to keep the design similar to our other jerseys; I didn’t want them to be completely different. I chose the RedHawk logo because I haven’t seen a jersey with that logo yet.” (source: MURedHawks.com)

While I do like the new design, I’m still looking for something a little more classic and a little less busy. I like the use of the RedHawk on the chest, but I’d prefer the “Miami RedHawks” text be removed. The logo is known well enough that it can stand on its own. I’d love to see a “script Miami” similar to what the Minnesota Wild did with their alternates a couple years ago and the classic Maine sweaters they wear currently.

Regardless, I think it’s a nice design. What do you think?

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>RIP Brendan Burke

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Tragedy strikes “The Brotherhood”

Oxford, Ohio (Feb. 9) – As reported earlier, Miami student hockey manager, Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, died Friday afternoon when the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving slid into an oncoming truck. The 21-year old Burke and another man, 18-year old Mark Reedy, were killed at the scene. Brendan’s much publicized story of coming out was broken by John Buccigross of espn.com back in late November making the news of his death all the more ironic.

Today, the entire Miami RedHawks team traveled to Brendan’s funeral in Canton, Mass. where they were joined by members of hockey’s elite including most, if not all, current members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, former NHL’ers Mark Messier and Brendan Shanahan and current NHL GM’s and coaches Pat Quinn, Darryl Sutter, John Tortorella, Peter Chiarelli and Glen Sather, among others.

Wearing their red away Miami sweaters freshly adorned with a black shamrock and the letters “BB,” the team comprised 25 of over 600 people who came to support the entire Burke family in their time of need and pay their respects to a remarkable young man. Head coach Enrico Blasi served as one of the pall bearers.

Brendan was a 4.0 student at Miami who would have graduated this spring. Before the accident occurred, he was returning from a visit to Michigan State University Law School where he was considering applying upon completing his work in Oxford. It’s clear by the outpouring of support that Brendan would have gone on to greatness. He will be missed.

Here are links to a very detailed story from the Toronto Star and one by the Toronto Sun which has several moving photographs.