Raiders pull third jersey after complaints

After being called “insensitive and offensive” by the Western Hockey League, the Prince Albert Raiders have pulled an alternate third jersey which was a replica of a uniform worn by the team when they won the Memorial Cup in the 1985 season.

The image on the jerseys depicts an Arabian raider character holding a sword and a hockey stick.

The Raiders drew immediate backlash when they posted the alternate jersey, with the caption “throwing it back for our thirds,” on Twitter on Friday.

The WHL said in a statement Saturday night that the jersey had been discontinued effective immediately.

“On Friday night the Prince Albert Raiders unveiled an alternate third jersey, which was inspired by a highly successful era in Club history,” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said. “We recognize the dated design is insensitive and offensive. After consultation with the Prince Albert Raiders, this uniform and brand will be discontinued effective immediately. We regret this uniform design was approved and sincerely apologize for any harm it may have caused.”


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