Questions for Jim Woodcock. Answers can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- As a lifelong Blues fan, what was your reaction when the “clown suit” jerseys with the diagonal stripes were unveiled in June 1994?
- Can you describe a bit of the alienation that took place between the Blues and the fan base as a whole between the 1994-95 season and the 1996-97 season?
In reference to the rejected Blues’ alternate with the vertical trumpet on the front:
- There are references in October 1996 that it would be ready to go after the All-Star Game in 1997. Who had commissioned the design on them?
- Who decided that they would be quietly withdrawn (in that there was no announcement or press release detailing as such) without ever seeing the light of day?
- What was the time frame on when the decision was made to withdraw them?
- Was there actually a set of game jerseys that was received and prepared for use before they were squelched? How many exist outside of the original prototype?
- Was the withdrawal of the vertical trumpet jerseys related to a perception issue, that this would simply be (like the “clown suits”) a visual reminder of an era that most within the team would prefer to forget?
In reference to “Woodcock’s baby”, the white alternates used in 1997-98 that later became the home jersey for close to a decade:
- When you were hired by the team, was a suggestion made by you to change the on-ice look or was it a mandate that was handed down to you by the new Blues’ braintrust?
- You mentioned in an interview that ended up in an article that the NHL had helped fast-track the white alternate onto the ice. Can you explain a bit about this process, and the league’s reasons for doing so?
- Barely one year after being hired by the team that you were a lifelong fan of, an actual jersey that you had a big hand in getting onto the ice made its debut to rave reviews. Can you explain a bit of the emotional side of things of what it was like on a personal level to see this, as well as on a fan level to make such a clear and decisive break from the Keenan era?
Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing back from you.