Raptors Unveil Third Jersey

As the Toronto Raptors prepare for the start of training camp in Ottawa and the 2008-09 regular season, Raptors players and Olympic medalists Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon unveiled the team's alternate road uniform Thursday at Air Canada Centre in front of fans and special guests.

The team’s new alternate road uniform is black with a prominent red insert color. It also has a distinctly Canadian flavour with a maple leaf featured in centre on the back neck of the jersey, emphasizing that the Raptors are Canada’s team. The Raptors are the only team in NBA history to have a country specific element on their jersey.

“We are very excited about the concept of our new alternate jersey which brings black back into prominence while enhancing our staple color red,” said Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Raptors. “The inclusion of a maple leaf on the jersey is a tribute to all of Canada who we proudly represent.”

The new uniform, which will be worn a minimum of six times on the road, will be showcased on two special occasions at Air Canada Centre during the team's home opener Friday, October 31 and then again New Year's Eve.

During the uniform unveiling, which had a national pride theme, both Bosh and Calderon spoke about their recent experiences at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

The introduction of the team’s alternate road uniform marks the 11th variation made to the Raptors jersey since the team’s inception in 1995. Other variations include: the Toronto Huskies jersey worn during the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the St. Patrick’s Day green jersey worn in 2008, the Raptors red alternate road jersey, and the Raptors Spanish and Italian jerseys worn during 2007 NBA Europe Live.

The Raptors’ new second road jersey will be available exclusively at CentreSports, the official team store of the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre, from Wednesday, October 1 to Sunday, October 12. Unlike other Raptors jerseys which are sold with player names and numbers, the new second road jersey can be customized with any name or number.

The Raptors begin their preseason on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, October 7 and play their first preseason home game versus the New York Knicks on Wednesday, October 8. Tip off is at 7 p.m..