Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Isles To Get "Entirely New" Jersey?

The New York Islanders will unveil their third jersey on October 27, according to the team's official web site.

As part of the announcement, the Isles have indicated that "they will have an entirely new look" when they first take the ice with it against the Canadiens on November 1. This is not what we've been hearing. All the rumors have pointed to a throwback blue sweater — which obviously wouldn't be entirely new.

Interestingly, the countdown clock is back on their site. I wrote about it when it first appeared two weeks ago. It was quickly replaced with a countdown to the Isles' home opener. Here's a look at their site today.



You can also read the statement on the new third jersey.

You might have noticed that in the top right-hand corner of newyorkislanders.com, there is a clock counting down to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. On that night, when the Islanders take the ice against the Montreal Canadiens, they will have an entirely new look—donning a brand new “Third Jersey.” But the Isles will be wearing more than just a new jersey. For the first time since 1996, the Islanders will skate in a game wearing a completely new uniform—including a new jersey, pants, helmet, gloves, and socks.

The new uniform—which will be officially unveiled on October 27—will serve as an alternative to the ones the Islanders wear at home, and will be worn 15 times during the 2008-09 season.

“Looking back at the Islanders uniform history, I noticed that there had been no change in the total Islander player uniform since 1996 and seized the opportunity to bring our fans a great new look,” said Terry Goldstein, the Islanders Director of Retail Operations. “During the past 15 months, I have worked very closely with our Head Equipment Manager Scott Boggs to engineer the change in the player equipment to coordinate with the new uniform."

In addition, the Islanders will introduce a special edition of the game puck which will only be used when the players wear the new uniform.

This marks the eighth time since the Islanders entered the league in 1972 that the team has made a significant change to their jersey or complete uniform. The last time the Islanders played in a “Third Jersey” was in 2006-07 when the team donned an orange jersey for a number of home games.

So we'll keep an eye out for this "completely new uniform" on October 27. The sidebar countdown has been updated to reflect this new information.

10 comments:

arrowcat11 said...

Here we go again. Gorton's Fisherman part II. As a long time Pens fan I hope this is not the case. Mike Bossy was a childhood Hockey GOD of mine, then Lemieux came along....lol! Why must owners tinker with teams that have Tradition(colors,logo,etc). I.E. Howard Baldwin(I hated the PIGEON logo then/still hate it and I'm glad that Mario Lemieux's ownership brought back the Skating Penguin logo.

Scott said...

Captain High Liner makes his return? Or will they bring in an ugly completely orange jersey like the ones they were wearing before the RBK jerseys were brought in? Or perhaps they'll go for a stereotypical black jersey?

flyersk27 said...

They better go with something on the variation of this (http://picasaweb.google.com/nhlconcepts/NewYorkIslanders#5125397937828817858) it's a perfect concept, but they did just say uniform and that could mean different equipment with classic jersey and logo even tough I wish it were a new logo.

nyislandersgirl said...

Maybe they just mean that they've never used those old jerseys as thirds before.

Having to create all this extra stuff (pants, socks, helmets, etc) would make sense, because bright blue jerseys would not look great with navy stuff.

Arenacale said...

Say what you will about fishsticks, but I actually liked the "wave" uniforms and the addition of a light blue into the color scheme (http://www.nhluniforms.com/1990s/Images/Islanders6.gif). I hope the new look is something a bit daring.

flyersk27 said...

The isles are probably way too scared to be daring ever since the reaction to the fisherman (as a kid when it was released I loved that logo now i think its still pretty good but the lighthouse patch is the best) and the addition of unnecessary colors.

imnotanartard20 said...

As an Islander fan I'm thinking they're going with something from the 80's like these http://www.hockeyforum.com/photopost/data/500/medium/bossymikeNYI004.jpg . Switching to those jerseys would require them to get new socks, helmets, pants, and gloves. They also wore jerseys similar to these once in 2006-2007 (http://www.islandersarmy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/picture02.jpg)and they sold quite a bit of them.

sabresownu said...

the last time the islanders did something "entirely new" it ended up being mostly oranger and one of the biggest eye sores in the league... i hope they just go with a simple vintage style.

Michael said...

I can only hope we get a lighthouse logo. So much potential.

Chappy said...

For the first time since 1996, the Islanders will skate in a game wearing a completely new uniform.....

here it comes, sea green

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