Amazing jerseys highlight Grateful Dead Night in Kalamazoo.
— Kalamazoo Wings (@KalamazooWings) February 5, 2018
According to the team’s website, the Wings are the first ever professional minor league hockey organization who will plan on honoring the Grateful Dead, who broke up back in 1995 following the death of Jerry Garcia. In addition to presumably playing plenty of the Dead’s music over the arena’s PA system throughout the game, the team will also hope to bring the same “good vibes of a Dead show,” thanks to the special “Dead Head jerseys” that the players will wear on the ice. Photos of the special uniforms can be seen below, and feature plenty of colorful tie-dye patterns in addition to the band’s signature marching bear and steelie skull logos. A select number of the jerseys will also be auctioned off to Deadheads in attendance shortly after the game on Saturday. (axs)
The Wings are not the first and won’t be the last to honor the band. Recently the Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Phillies, St Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox have had similar promotions.
Brewers included a ticket and a custom Grateful Dead t-shirt. The Brewers honored the anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s passing with special in-game features and music from the Grateful Dead.
In Florida the Grateful Dead tribute act Unlimited Devotion kicked off a pre-game performance. Those who purchase special Grateful Dead tribute packages received a commemorative Grateful Dead t-shirt, a ticket and a donation was in their honor to the Rex Foundation.