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ST. PAUL -- The new jerseys that the UND men's hockey team will wear for the NCAA tournament are now out for the public to see.

With a throwback, old-school feel to them, the front of the jerseys have the player's number in the middle with the word "North" above the number and "Dakota" below the number.

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The shoulders are green with an interlocking N-D on them. The player's number also appears on the arm sleeves and their name appears on the back.

UND was trying to keep the new jerseys a secret, but they appear in the NCAA tournament program. And a photo of the new jerseys surfaced on the internet early Friday morning.

UND took the photo for the program this week. The NCAA would not print a team photo with their usual jerseys that have the Fighting Sioux name and logo on them.

The NCAA considers the Fighting Sioux logo "hostile and abusive" and has put the school under sanctions for the NCAA tournament. Those sanctions involve not hosting an NCAA event and not being able to use the Fighting Sioux logo at NCAA events.

The Sioux will play Western Michigan at 12:30 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA men's hockey tournament. That will be the first time that the team wears the jersey.

The Sioux women previously played in the NCAA tournament with their new jerseys, which they unveiled in January.

The women's jerseys are made by Gemini, which had a faster turnaround time for new jerseys than Reebok, which is the men's supplier. The men's jerseys arrived before the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five.

UND will continue using the same helmets and pants. It just removed the Fighting Sioux stickers from the helmets and the logo from the pants.

UND's new jerseys have been made in white, green and black, though the team only brought the white sweaters to St. Paul. As the top seed, UND has a choice of which color jersey it wears.

The university ordered 30 new sets of jerseys and socks in each of those color schemes at a cost of $21,000, Patrick Swanson, the team's director of operations, told The Associated Press.

Notes:

E UND athletic director Brian Faison said he hasn't been able to gauge fans' reactions to the new uniform yet.

"I think they look fine," Faison said. "They have a traditional look to them."

E Western Michigan coach Andy Murray weighed in on the nickname controversy, as well. "I'll always call them the Sioux and most North Dakota fans will as well. I'm not a politician, but it sure seems to be an awful lot of time and money spent on something that I'm not sure how significant it is, but that's not for me to say."

After realizing he was commenting on a taboo subject, the NHL veteran but first-year college coach said: "With the NCAA, I'm still learning a lot of things."

BRAD SCHLOSSMAN is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald which, like the Bemidji Pioneer, is owned by Forum Communications Co.

ST. PAUL -- The new jerseys that the UND men's hockey team will wear for the NCAA tournament are now out for the public to see.

With a throwback, old-school feel to them, the front of the jerseys have the player's number in the middle with the word "North" above the number and "Dakota" below the number.

The shoulders are green with an interlocking N-D on them. The player's number also appears on the arm sleeves and their name appears on the back.

UND was trying to keep the new jerseys a secret, but they appear in the NCAA tournament program. And a photo of the new jerseys surfaced on the internet early Friday morning.

UND took the photo for the program this week. The NCAA would not print a team photo with their usual jerseys that have the Fighting Sioux name and logo on them.

The NCAA considers the Fighting Sioux logo "hostile and abusive" and has put the school under sanctions for the NCAA tournament. Those sanctions involve not hosting an NCAA event and not being able to use the Fighting Sioux logo at NCAA events.

The Sioux will play Western Michigan at 12:30 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA men's hockey tournament. That will be the first time that the team wears the jersey.

The Sioux women previously played in the NCAA tournament with their new jerseys, which they unveiled in January.

The women's jerseys are made by Gemini, which had a faster turnaround time for new jerseys than Reebok, which is the men's supplier. The men's jerseys arrived before the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five.

UND will continue using the same helmets and pants. It just removed the Fighting Sioux stickers from the helmets and the logo from the pants.

UND's new jerseys have been made in white, green and black, though the team only brought the white sweaters to St. Paul. As the top seed, UND has a choice of which color jersey it wears.

The university ordered 30 new sets of jerseys and socks in each of those color schemes at a cost of $21,000, Patrick Swanson, the team's director of operations, told The Associated Press.

Notes:

- UND athletic director Brian Faison said he hasn't been able to gauge fans' reactions to the new uniform yet.

"I think they look fine," Faison said. "They have a traditional look to them."

- Western Michigan coach Andy Murray weighed in on the nickname controversy, as well. "I'll always call them the Sioux and most North Dakota fans will as well. I'm not a politician, but it sure seems to be an awful lot of time and money spent on something that I'm not sure how significant it is, but that's not for me to say."

After realizing he was commenting on a taboo subject, the NHL veteran but first-year college coach said: "With the NCAA, I'm still learning a lot of things."

BRAD SCHLOSSMAN is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald which, like the Bemidji Pioneer, is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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