Back in Red and Black: Ottawa launches new uniforms
The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – AS training camp nears and the Ottawa REDBLACKS near their debut, the team unveiled its look Tuesday, launching its uniforms and sideline gear to a gathering of approximately 1,200 invited fans at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.
The uniform mixes the classic look of Ottawa football in red, black and white with bold new styling, which includes jerseys with numbering based on the team’s saw-blade logo, paying tribute to the history of the lumber industry in Ottawa-Gatineau.
“We know that our fans love our colours and we know that they’ll wear the colours of our teams proudly in the months and years ahead,” said Jeff Hunt, President of Sports with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which operates the REDBLACKS, the Fury FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League and TD Place, the venue for all three teams.
Season-ticket holders and other special guests were invited to the uniform revelation, which featured several members of the team, including quarterback Henry Burris, defensive back Eric Fraser, receiver Simon Le Marquand, defensive lineman Justin Phillips, fullback Patrick Lavoie, fullback John Delahunt and running back Chevon Walker.
Marcel Desjardins, general manager of the REDBLACKS, also attended along with the team’s coaching staff, including head coach Rick Campbell.
Fans also saw for the first time the look of the team helmet with the ROUGE et NOIR wordmark prominently displayed on the front to reinforce the existence of two official team names: ROUGE et NOIR and REDBLACKS.
The REDBLACKS will wear a black jersey, black helmet and black pants with red trim when playing at home at TD Place. The road uniform consists of a white jersey, white helmet and white pants with black stripes and red trim.
The uniforms were designed in collaboration with and supplied by Reebok; who are the Authentic Outfitter of the CFL.
A new team store will open at Fifth Avenue Court (99 Fifth Ave., at Bank Street) on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. REDBLACKS jerseys will be available exclusively at both team stores (the other store at 2016 Ogilvie Rd., east of Blair Road) and online at CFLShop.