The NHL announced Monday that it will be adopting a new set of colours to highlight its World Championship Series in the country.
The change is the latest in a series of cultural shifts the league has made to the game of hockey since taking over from the NHL in 2007.
The new colours will feature the colours of the NHL’s current team, the New Jersey Devils, the colours used by the Canadian men’s national team, and the colours featured in the World Championship series.
The NHL has made the change to reflect the increasing presence of Chinese players in the game.
The game is a global sport and in the world’s largest country, the league is only just beginning to catch up to the number of players in China, where the majority of players are born.
The changes have been welcomed by players who feel the new colours are a good representation of their sport.
“It is nice to see that they are trying to be more global and represent our sport,” said former NHLer and current China representative, Peter Forsberg, who is based in Beijing.
“I think it’s a good idea to bring new colours and a different look to the NHL because in China we’re not very used to that, it’s really hard to get used to this.
I think it makes a lot of sense.”
The new colour schemes will be unveiled during the game’s opening ceremony.