Jer­sey HOUND

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - – RYAN KENNEDY

IOWA WILD | 2019-20 THE AHL HAD SOME sweet throw­back sweaters this sea­son, from a Mir­a­cle on Ice-in­spired cre­ation in Spring­field to San An­to­nio rep­pin’ the Igua­nas of the old Cen­tral League. But my fa­vorite was Iowa go­ing retro with a Des Moines Oak Leafs jer­sey.

The Oak Leafs played in the IHL from 1963 to

1972, rock­ing North Stars col­ors with a Toronto vibe on the crest. But much like the clas­sic Fort Wayne Komets, the Oak Leafs dis­tin­guished them­selves with a fun lit­tle hockey guy mas­cot within the leaf.

Iowa brought back the look for a her­itage night, which fea­tured high-school games that in­cluded the cur­rent Des Moines Oak Leafs.



At 36, Mc­Don­ald had the plea­sure of end­ing his ca­reer with his first Cup. The photo of him in the dress­ing room, clutch­ing the Cup, eyes closed, to­tally at peace, has be­come an em­blem to sym­bol­ize the sac­ri­fices ev­ery player makes to win a ti­tle.


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