Edmonton Elks unveil new jerseys with help of local high schoolers

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The Edmonton Elks unveiled new jerseys for the 2022 season on Friday, with a little help from some future CFL players.

Local high school athletes from Harry Ainlay, Lilian Osborne, Holy Trinity, and Leduc Composite joined current Elks players Aaron Grymes and Mark Korte to unveil a new chapter in Edmonton’s storied visual history on the gridiron.

On the front of each jersey is the team’s ‘ELKS’ wordmark. After sporting ‘EDMONTON’ across the front of the jersey last season, this will be the first time the team’s new name is featured on its uniform.

Making its debut on both the Elks’ home and away jerseys is the team’s antler logo. The mark, which represents community, features prominently on both jersey’s sleeves and pants.

While the logo on the sleeve is new to the Green and Gold, the striping is familiar to fans of the Double E. Three stripes adorn both the home and away jersey sleeves, harkening back to the Club’s most successful period during the 1970s and 1980s, including the team’s five-in-a-row Grey Cup run from 1978 to 1982.

The entire look is capped by the return of the highly popular Double E on the team’s helmet, which binds the past with the present.

For their marketing assistance, the community-owned team provided the four high school players — who represent each division of football within Metro Edmonton High School Athletics — with a full pro football photoshoot experience earlier this month.

Elks fans will get their first look at the team’s white jerseys this pre-season, as the Green and Gold will wear them both on the road in Winnipeg on May 27, and at home on June 3 against the Calgary Stampeders.

Edmonton is the latest team to unveil new duds ahead of the 2022 season. The Montreal Alouettes recently released a new, more traditional helmet design; the Winnipeg Blue Bombers showed off their new third uniform in April; and the B.C. Lions teased new uniforms back in February.