On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy held a “Ladies Night” promotion, something that’s fairly common around the league. The Galaxy put a little different spin on it, however, as they wore specially colored uniforms designed by their coach.
Originally, the plan was for the Galaxy to wear pink jerseys during the game, as other teams have done for similar promotions. But when coach Rodney Reagle heard about that, he called GM Garnet “Ace” Adams and proposed a different idea.
“I really didn’t like the idea of pink jerseys,” said Reagle. “They’re so stereotypical. I’ve got a wife and three daughters, and none of them likes the color pink. Why is it that whenever we want to show we care about women, we slather everything with pink? It’s a cheap, transparent stunt. If you’re going to do something, why not do something unique?”
The coach offered to design the uniforms himself, and Adams agreed. With the help of his wife Debbie, an interior designer, Reagle drew up a prototype in a light-blue-and-coral color scheme. Adams approved, as did owner Perry Dodge, and they went ahead and ordered uniforms based on the design.
“Naturally, when we heard that Coach was designing our uniforms, we all got a little nervous, because his fashion sense is a little out there,” said Washington C Eddie Costello. “But when they actually showed up and we had a chance to see ’em, we thought they looked pretty sharp. And it was kind of cool to think that we’re doing something special that most other teams wouldn’t do.”
The uniforms were also a hit with the fans, who gave the Galaxy a raucous ovation when they hit the ice in their special threads. “I liked that they were like our normal uniforms, but different,” said fan Sherri Hilson of Landover. “It’s a really nice look.”
During the game, the team held a silent auction for the jerseys, with the proceeds going to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The team wound up raising over $15,000. The winning fans got to come down to the ice after the game and take the jerseys right off of the players’ backs. Hilson wound up bidding for and winning the jersey of her favorite player, D Kevin Buchanan.
The uniforms weren’t the only thing that made Ladies Night special in DC. The female fans in attendance received a Galaxy logo tote bag, and the team played only songs by female artists and groups throughout the game. Between the first and second period, the team did its usual “Tykes on Skates” promotion between two teams of girls. And between the second and third period, fan Jessica Stevenson of Ashburn got to take the “Tater Tot Shot,” sliding a puck into the net from center ice and winning free tater tots for a month from Ted’s Bulletin.
Reagle was very pleased with the outcome of the promotion. “I’m glad we were able to put a special stamp on this. It wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill event to pretend we care about our female fans. We pulled out all the stops. Well, almost all of them. I offered to have my wife come coach for the night instead of me, but the front office didn’t go for it. Probably a good thing, too; she might have done it better and I’d be out of a job.”