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Chicago Blackhawks’ 2017 Winter Classic Jersey Released

By Colin Likas
Feb 21, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins (11) during a Stadium Series hockey game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 21, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins (11) during a Stadium Series hockey game at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Want to know what the Chicago Blackhawks will be wearing at the 2017 Winter Classic? Now you can see for yourself.

The 2017 Winter Classic will pit the Chicago Blackhawks against their chief rival, the St. Louis Blues, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The game won’t be played until Jan. 2 of the next calendar year, but we already have an idea of what the two teams will wear that day.

The NHL.com Shop, apparently accidentally, leaked the jersey each team will wear. The Blues are harkening back to the jerseys they wore when they first entered the league in 1967. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are going back to their logo from around the same time.

Unfortunately, I can’t embed a photo of the two jerseys, but you can view the image here.

Breaking down the Blackhawks’ jersey

The Blackhawks, outside of the logo, appear to have taken elements from their previous two outdoor-game jerseys to create the 2017 jersey.

The black-red-black horizontal stripes on the wrist area, with the red stripe going through the Blackhawks’ alternate logo, calls back to the 2015 Winter Classic jersey.

Meanwhile, the black-red-black horizontal stripes across the base of the jersey’s body are extremely similar to those on the 2016 Stadium Series jersey.

The rest of the jersey’s body is clean white, which is also more similar to the 2016 Stadium Series jersey.

After that, we have to look at the logo. The last time the Blackhawks used a logo that wasn’t their current one, we have to go back to the 2009 Winter Classic jersey. You remember those jerseys — mostly black with the large light yellowish spot underneath a logo the Blackhawks used between 1937 and 1955.

This time, it appears the Blackhawks went to their alternate logo from 1956-64. That logo is pretty close to the current one, though the features of the Indian Head’s face and feathers aren’t quite as refined as today’s. It’s a cool throwback.

A quick look at the Blues’ jersey

St. Louis’ sweaters are a direct throwback to the organization’s first years in the NHL. They’re also very clean and simple, relatively speaking.

With a mustard-yellow collar, the jerseys also contain white-yellow-white stripes on the arms and lower body, similar to the black-red-black stripes on the Blackhawks’ jerseys.

While the logo on these jerseys may not look terribly different from the one the Blues use now, there are some differences. The logo the Blues used from 1967-84 saw a thinner note with a deeper blue color and a more mustard-hued yellow outline.

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Both of these jerseys look really cool. For both teams’ fans, they’ll be purchasing a jersey that is different from the ones of the recent past. Throwbacks are what events like the Winter Classic are all about.

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