Sunday, July 27, 2008

All 18 Third Jerseys Described!

I know! Described! Woo-hoo! Nothing like words instead of pictures. Seriously though, Howard Berger of Hockey Buzz is about to become our best friend here at Icethetics. He's claimed to have obtained photos of "most NHL third jerseys for the up-coming season."

He's described them in great detail on his blog which is where you should read all about them. But for the purposes of keeping all the third jersey news in one place, see the giant block quote below.

Atlanta Thrashers
The club will introduce a dark red jersey with the word “THRASHERS” on the front, just above the player’s uniform number, which will appear on both sides of the design. A broad white stripe will adorn each arm of the jersey with a dark red number in the stripe. A broad white-and-dark blue stripe will run down the sides of the jersey.

Boston Bruins
The Bruins will unveil an all black jersey with the club’s alternate logo on the front – a black bear with the word "BRUINS" above it in a semi-circle. Two gold stripes will appear on the arms, with gold numbering above the stripes and on the back.

Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres will bring back their original road jersey — the blue design with the round "cross-sword" logo on the front, and the three gold stripes on the arms and the bottom of the jersey. It’s the uniform the Sabres’ first GM/coach, George (Punch) Imlach, requested; a design similar to that which Imlach's Maple Leafs had from the 1967 playoffs through 1969-70. And, it’s the jersey Buffalo wore during road games from the beginning of the franchise in 1970-71 to the end of the 1995-96 season. Beginning in 1996-97, the Sabres switched to a black, red and white uniform, and completely redesigned their logo. Another redesign occurred prior to the 2006-07 campaign, with the team returning to its blue and gold color scheme.

Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes will introduce a black third jersey, with red and white trim – different than their customary red home uniform with the black and white trim. Each arm will sport red and white angular stripes. The bottom of the jersey will feature a narrow white stripe and a thicker red one. In between, will be 10 white stars. The club’s red logo on the uniform front is placed within a white triangle, presumably to honor the famed Research Triangle that dominates the Raleigh-Durham area.

Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks will return to the predominantly black third jersey they have worn in recent years. A white stripe flanked by two red stripes will appear on each arm, and at the bottom of the jersey. A wide red stripe is featured at the tip of each arm. The traditional Blackhawks Indian-head logo appears, as usual, on the front.

Dallas Stars
The Stars' third jersey is simple… a white uniform with the word "DALLAS" crowned on the front, atop the jersey number, which appears on both sides. Parallel dark-green and black stripes appear on each arm. There are no stripes at the bottom of the jersey.

Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers are going back to their glory days with the predominantly blue jersey Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier et al wore on the road while winning five Stanley Cup titles between 1984 and 1990. Orange shoulder piping will re-appear, along with a broad orange stripe at the tip of each arm. Two white stripes flanking an orange stripe are on the arms and near the bottom of the jersey. The original round Oilers logo, with the orange oil drip and blue team name, is on the front.

Los Angeles Kings
The Kings will unveil a predominantly black jersey with the letters "LA" inside a pencil-point logo on the front. Broad white stripes will adorn each arm. A thin white stripe will run horizontally on each side of the jersey, just beneath the shoulder. There are no stripes at the bottom of the uniform. The color purple — widely evident in the Kings' primary jersey — will likely be featured in the number outlines of the alternate, though the photo copy I have doesn’t clearly show it. A better idea would have been a reprise of the Kings’ original purple and gold uniforms from 1967, but the club marketers are apparently not bent on tradition.

New York Islanders
The Isles are going back to their original road jersey from 1972-73, when they joined the NHL along with the Atlanta Flames. It is a royal-blue base, with broad orange and white stripes on the arms and at the bottom of the jersey. The uniform numbers — as they appeared during the club’s inaugural season — are orange with white trim. Player names will also be orange. The Islanders switched to white jersey numbers after their dreadful first year in the league; when they compiled a 12-60-6 record… worst, to that point, in NHL history.

Ottawa Senators
A dramatic change in the Senators' third jersey will see a predominantly black uniform with the word “SENS” angled upward on the front. A fashionable red stripe will run from the arm pits, down the side of the jersey, to its base, where the stripe turns inward. A pair of narrow red and white stripes will adorn each arm, and the very bottom of the jersey. It's quite a sharp design.

Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are also going for tradition, bringing back the predominantly orange jersey the club wore at home when it joined the NHL in 1967-68. White shoulder piping will again run the length of each arm, with orange numbers trimmed in black. A large black stripe is affixed to the tip of each arm. A broad white stripe adorns the bottom of the uniform. The Flyers’ stylized "P" black logo with the orange dot is on the front.

Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes will unveil an all-new design… a predominantly black jersey with a leaping desert-red coyote as the front logo. A large, dark-red stripe will run down the side of the jersey, broadening at the base. A similar dark-red stripe, only smaller, is affixed to the latter half of the arm, beyond the white numbers.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Kudos to the Penguins for staying with the jersey the club wore during the Outdoor Classic in Buffalo last Jan. 1st. It’s a replica of the home jersey the Penguins wore starting in 1968-69, their second year in the NHL: Predominantly light-blue in color, with broad white stripes trimmed in dark blue on the sleeves and uniform base. A large, dark-blue stripe is at the tip of each arm. The neckline is dark-blue with the lace-up feature. The dark-blue, circular Penguins' logo is on the front.

San Jose Sharks
Though the photo I have is a bit grainy, the Sharks will wear a predominantly black third jersey with aqua and white stripes on each sleeve. The back number is white. The traditional Sharks' "biting-stick" logo is on the front.

St. Louis Blues
Another significant change. The Blues will introduce a dark-blue alternate jersey with a white stripe trimmed in black on the sleeves and uniform base. The club’s traditional "blue-note" logo appears within a circle on the front of the jersey, with the city’s famous Gateway Arch in the background. It will also have the lace-up feature.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Also completely different. The Lightning will introduce a predominantly dark-blue alternate with the word "BOLTS" angling downward in white on the jersey front. A narrow white stripe is featured above a broad black stripe at the uniform base. Grey and white stripes are on each arm, and the latter half of the sleeve, to the tip, is black.

Toronto Maple Leafs
Rather than producing an entirely new design – as many NHL clubs have done — the Leafs' alternate jersey will be identical to the one the players have worn, on and off, since 1998: A replica of the club’s white road uniform from the mid-1960s, with the 35-point, blue maple leaf logo on the front; blue shoulder piping, and two blue lines on the arms and near the bottom of the jersey. A thick blue stripe encircles the tip of the sleeve. The neck has the lace-up feature prominent in the 1960s and early-'70s.

Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks are going back to their inception in 1970-71 by bringing back the predominantly blue road jersey the club wore. At the bottom of the jersey – and on each arm – is a broad green stripe flanked by a pair of white stripes. The club’s original “hockey-stick-in-a-rink” logo is outlined in green and white on the front.

I can't wait to start seeing these sweaters in photographs!


Resist The Machine. said...

beautiful post!

Jonathan said...

Wow, cool... cant wait to see them!!

Sarah said...

What ever happened to having a logo instead of a wordmark. It looks like the NHL wants the same jersey as the NBA and MLB. Its a real shame.

Brian C said...

damn...i was hoping for the Sabres to have the lace on the jersey just like the Winter Classic jersey...

Ksy92003 said...

I've said this so many times before, and I'll say it again: the Kings and Lightning jerseys scare the hell out of me. Again, as a Kings season-ticket holder and somebody who will receive an authentic alternate jersey, the descriptions do not lead me to believe that I'm gonna like opening the box and seeing that jersey.

Is there any way that any of the images can be uploaded here? Or is that illegal for copyright reasons, et cetera? 'Cause I'm really interested in how some of these would look, like the Hurricanes, Coyotes, Sharks, and Senators.

Ksy92003 said...

One thing I question about the Kings' jersey to whoever has seen the picture is this: Does it have "Los Angeles" on the bottom of the jersey like the current primary set does?

llp02 said...

All but the Wild's I guess.

Anonymous said...

So pretty much exactly how I described them last week. Hmm..

T said...

All I can say is, YAY!!! NO FLIPPIN' ORANGE!!!

It sounds like the Sharks management got the hint, the Sharks are not the Ducks. Looks like they will go back to their most recent third.

T said...

So Chris, what do you think now that the "Bolts" jersey seems to be confirmed?

Anonymous said...

so there'll be 3 types of alt sweaters... 1. Retro (usually look great, but just an excuse to keep ugly rbk redesign as the primary)
2. Ugly (No horizontal stripes).
3. Black (over done in sports during the last 15 years, yawn)

Chris said...

So Chris, what do you think now that the "Bolts" jersey seems to be confirmed?

I don't want to judge it until I've seen it. It sounds bad but I've read reports that say it looks better than expected. Mainly I'm happy to hear we're finally getting a blue jersey! I'll probably end up buying myself one, though. (Maybe I'll get "icethetics" written on the back.)

carpandean said...

[i]Kudos to the Penguins for staying with the jersey the club wore during the Outdoor Classic in Buffalo last Jan. 1st.[/i]
I wish it had said "Kudos to the [b]Sabres[/b] for staying with the jersey the club wore during the Outdoor Classic in Buffalo last Jan. 1st [b]as their new away jersey[/b]." Then, the announcement would describe their new home jersey instead of their new third. Make the slug the third, if you must.

carpandean said...

OT: Ok, if the [] codes don't work, how do you get italics and bold?

PhillyFlyersJM said...

I'm liking the Flyers and Sharks alternate ideas!

Anonymous said...

I'll send pics as soon as possible. Within a week or two should be okay.

Jake G said...

does anyone kno if the sabres "crossed-swords" logo is the throwback one or the alternate from the black and red era??

Ksy92003 said...

@ carpandean

You use <> for the codes instead of the [].

Not sure why some sites use one and some use the other. You'd think a universal code would be easy, or at least for the sites to accept both.

d-lee said...

This is radically different from what we were expecting in Carolina. I'm not sure about the "white triangle", and although it sounds out of place, I'm really curious about the stars.

Sens third sounds pretty cool, but a bit confusing.

I wish the Pens would really go back to the old skool by using the chubby penguin logo.

I can't wait to see all of these.

PointMeAtTheSky said...


Black with Sens written on it.

Hopefully it's not as bad as I imagine it. Chris, I'm going to try to have your attiude towards this, however, I really don't like the sound of it.

Also, why are half of these teams going with black? Once again bright colours are being shunned. I would've loved more yellow, orange, green and purple.

Oilersguru said...

cant wait to see the coyotes, and ill definetly get an oilers jersey, if any1 has pics of the jerseys itd be cool to see them

Brian C said...

Jake G: I'm pretty sure that the "crossed-swords" will be the 70's logo. Although it would be killer if they used that logo again!

CORY_O said...

i can't tell you how excited i am to hear that the blues 3rd will have laces. best news all day!

btw, chris...congrats on the promotion. looking forward to working (and training) with you this week.

see ya monday.

Emo said...

I don't even like the Pens but I loved the powder blue 60s revival jersey they wore at the Winter Classic. Really awesome looking jerseys.

RJP221 said...

Listen, this is for everyone and take it from me, nothing on is legite. This guy is either making this up or simply copying other rumors from others sites. Trust me, if there are 18 teams coming out with new 3rds, how would this guy know every little detail and where would he get the pics from. It will be at least another 2 months before any of these jerseys are even leaked. Plus, Reebok won't allow a simple replica of old jerseys. They want alterations to be done so the "throwback" replicas fit in with the new Edge series era.

Andrew Harkins said...

Can someone explain "pencil-point logo" to me (for the new kings third)...I'm not sure what that means. Is it a logo with thin lines?

awildermode said...

Black, black, black....with Coyotes going black, the entire Pacific Division will have black jerseys.


Exlund said...


You do realise Howard Berger is actually just writing for Hockeybuzz on the side, right? He actually works for the Fan 590, Toronto's biggest sports radio station. He's quite major in Toronto.

Drew said...

What in the world would prompt the Hurricanes to put STARS on the bottom of their jersey???

XXXX said...

omg. the canucks jersey sounds rubbish.
I'm a massive 'nucks fan and all i wanted was a green 3rd and the johnny canuck v.

Another disapointing jersey.

Drew Celestino said...

As a Sabres fan, I can rest easy. Good job Larry. You didn't screw the pooch this time.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I have so many fears about Atlanta's jersey. I hope it looks better than it sounds.

Mac said...

No Flames Third Jersey...disapointed!!

Resist The Machine. said...

@ Drew,

They wanted to be like the Capitals.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, they ruined my Lightning. "Bolts" on the front?? C'mon, thats as bad as our first third jersey back in 96 with the rain and water and little sea gulls.

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to seeing that Blues jersey. I had some doubts when I first heard about it, but this design sounds simple enough to not really mess up anything. Laces are good.

Unfortunately, we still will have to wait nearly two months it seems to actually see most of these for real. Oh, well. Something to look forward to besides the start of the season.

Anonymous said...

Hockeybuzz is garbage, I won't believe a single rumor here until I see the actual sweater...

Washington said...

pretty disappointed to hear that the Sharks are reverting to the same 3rds from the previous era. While they are sharp, I was hoping for something new (like the Fin secondary logo as the main crest). Hopefully it'll make it on the shoulder logo - seriously, the regular jerseys from last year had 4 main Sharks on it (including the full body shoulders and the shield crest on the pants). Okay, we get it, the team is called the Sharks, now how about some variety.

Anonymous said...

@ d lee... the pens actually never used the chubby penguin on a jersey... when that was their logo, they just had PITTSBURGH on the front a la the Rangers. having said that, I would love to see that. the scarf was badass.

and ditto on the "wtf hurricanes, stars?"

Curtle said...

So how long until we se the Canucks go up on the Rumoured/Confirmed Third Jersey List?
Saying it will Probably use the Stick-In-Rink Logo or possibly use or include the Johnny Canuck logo sounds right.

Anonymous said...

Are the canucks using their original stick in rink logo or the modernized one from last season?

Anonymous said...

For pictures that I have of all the jerseys. The Carolina jerseys, although they are grainy and a little hard to see, I don't believe they are actual stars I think they are the little squares like on the current jerseys.

Like I said, I'll email Chris the pictures when I'm given permission.

Jason said...

Why would St. Louis add black to their colours? They're great as is!

Baroque said...

The words "fashionable" and "armpits" probably shouldn't be used in the same sentence (as with the Sens third jersey).

Thank goodness the Red Wings aren't joining the madness - going by the trends, I'm sure they'd just pick black.

ChadGKG said...

Count me as someone that wishes the Pens' Winter Classic jersey stayed in the past. The jersey made sense for the game (would have made MORE sense with the scarf logo instead, but they never wore that logo on a jersey).

I just can't see the baby blue jersey, let alone going old school for the 3rd jersey. Let Vintage NHL sell that, I'd rather see a new jersey for a 3rd, possibly using the Baby Pens logo as their main. Anything other than the Baby Blue jersey.

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