Back from a brief layoff, and setting the record straight.

I had limited Internet/BlackBerry access over the last week while taking a leisurely trip up the PCH. Late August seemed like a safe time to turn my back on hockey, but then the new Kings jerseys happened and Wade Belak died. So I’m hitting the ground running today.

Speaking of the jerseys, I decided to slip out a tweet somewhere between Solvang and San Simeon that the Kings’ black alternate jerseys were becoming the primary home jerseys. In the interest of timeliness, I grabbed the first image I could google of a black Kings alternate jersey. I probably should have looked more carefully at the URL, because as two observant followers pointed out, those aren’t the official jerseys. They’re knockoffs made in China. (Probably pretty cheap too; might make a good gift.)

You’ve seen the black jerseys (most recently, during the playoffs). Here’s a team-issued close-up of the new white jersey.

You’ll probably see plenty of them at the team’s annual HockeyFest. Maybe in the 2011-12 playoffs, too.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.