Local girl designs Hamilton Bulldogs 16/17 jersey

January 13, 2017   ·   0 Comments

One Orangeville family has taken a special interest in the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs this season, and for good reason too.

The Ciurleos have become huge fans of the recently relocated Jr. A hockey franchise ever since the organization selected the family’s youngest daughter Christina’s design to serve as the inspiration for the team’s 2016/17 home jersey.

Putting together a stunning black and gold piece – a nod to ‘Hammer Town’s’ distinct and rich sports history – Christina beat out thousands of fellow contestants in the competition. Launched in January of last year, Bulldogs representatives and associates spent weeks deliberating over the designs, before selecting three finalists for the public to vote on.

That process began in late February, with Christina pitted up against Columbus Blue Jacket (blue, red and white) and Philadelphia Flyer (orange, grey and black) inspired submissions. It wasn’t a close vote in the end, as Bulldog fans opted to go with the design that honoured the city’s sporting pedigree, with organizations such as the CFL’s Tiger Cats historically donning the black and gold.

As a reward for putting together the winning design, Christina was presented with season tickets for the 2016/17 season, a Hamilton Bulldogs t-shirt and sweater and authentic 2016/17 home jersey, with her name and favourite number stitched onto the back.

“I love the new jersey, it’s absolutely amazing,” Christina told the Citizen. “I can’t believe that I actually won the contest. I spent a long time with my brother Michael designing different jerseys on my computer, but once I made the black and gold one we just knew.”

She added, “It feels really nice watching the team skate around and playing in the jersey I designed.”

Having first introduced his sister to the contest, 18-year-old Michael said he really enjoyed seeing what Christina had managed to put together, while also expressing how proud he was of her.

“She spent a lot of time on this contest and put a lot of work into it, it’s obviously incredible that her design was selected over (thousands) of others. The Bulldogs are a big team, with a lot of fans and supporters. To be able to say they’re skating around in my sister’s jersey is pretty special,” Michael said.

The pair’s mother Christine said it was especially nice to see the pair working so closely together on the contest.

“I can’t even put into words how proud I am of Christina. When she first picked up on this she said right away that she was going to design an awesome jersey, and that’s just what she did,” Mrs. Ciurleo said. “She did an awesome job.”

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