On Thursday, the Maryland Black Bears announced that they are teaming up with Old Bay Seasoning for something pretty special to happen January 28th against the Northeast Generals. Not much information to be told on it, but you have to think themed jerseys and maybe some merch will be available and the night will be filled with plenty of good stuff in-person.
This is the second time the Black Bears have had a Maryland theme night; the first coming in the inaugural season with the state flag themed jerseys (though the flag was upside down). Since then, the Black Bears bring the state pride most every game with the flag adorned on the home yellow and alternate red jerseys, as well as the old away black jerseys.
If you don’t know anyone from Maryland, Old Bay Seasoning is the seasoning of Maryland. Created in Baltimore in 1939 and still holding headquarters there today, Old Bay is a giant staple in the Old Line State used to flavor pretty much everything– from fries and chicken to vodka and chocolate; Marylanders will put that ish on everything.
In October 2022, Route One Apparel put out an Old Bay hockey jersey on their storefront. Of course, many people were hyped for it– including myself. After that happened, I heard some whispers that the Black Bears could be teaming with Old Bay in the future and whoomp, there it is.
Whether or not the Black Bears will follow the same pattern as the Route One jerseys remains to be seen, but to be able to have this iconic brand team with the Black Bears is fantastic for junior hockey in Maryland and bring the sense of community that the team has carved out since day one even further out into the state of Maryland.
To help celebrate this occasion and for other teams for your Black Bears, head over to Tickets.MarylandBlackBears.com to get your seats quick, because they’ve been going fast.