Members of the Toronto Transit Commission are upset about proposed new uniforms for them.
They believe they will look like Habs because of the red, white and blue striped caps and golf shirts and the transit commission confirmed it “will always support the Leafs.”
The National Post reported that while the TTC is still finalizing the design for its new uniforms, slated to come out next year, images of possible options have been circulated among staff.
“Everyone at my division that has seen them hates them,” one TTC operator, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Post. “As someone who was born in Toronto I take exception to the colours; too much like the Habs. … They pay [us] to wear a uniform so I’ll wear it, but not Montreal Canadiens-coloured golf shirts.”
Bob Kinnear, who leads the union representing Toronto transit workers, derided the red, white and blue design as “absolutely awful,” telling the Post he has heard “loud-and-clear” opposition from staff.
“Born-and-bred Torontonians, we’ve got to support our team,” Kinnear told the Post, noting he has spoken with TTC chief executive Andy Byford on the matter: “If you’re in Manchester, you don’t wear the colours of Liverpool.”
In other news, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that free-agent defenceman Joel Chouinard has been signed to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League/ECHL contract for the 2013-14 season.
The 23-year-old split the 2012-13 season between the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and the Central Hockey League’s Denver Cutthroats. In 42 games with the Cutthroats, he posted 6-14-20 totals with 28 penalty minutes. In 10 games with the Monsters, he was held pointless while picking up 11 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Longueuil native was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round (167th overall) at the 2008 NHL draft.
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