The National Hockey League revealed the new jerseys for every team Tuesday night, and luckily not much changed for most of the teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks
Now that the NHL has revealed the new Adidas jerseys (actually they were leaked way in advance), we can all take a deep breath. The majority of the league’s jerseys came away unscathed, but a few had some changes to them. The Chicago Blackhawks’ jersey was part of the crew that had little to no changes to their classic look.
As you can see, the majority of the jersey didn’t change. The only thing that’s significantly different is the collar is wider than on the previous home jersey. According to reporter Steve Carp, the word is that the wide collars are to accommodate ads in the future. The away jerseys are the same, but also with the wider collar. I do think the collar change is a little more noticeable on the home jersey. The overall concept stayed the same, and that’s all that matters.
Since there’s not much to talk about with the Blackhawks jersey, let’s see who the winners and losers are of the Adidas jersey era.
There were only a handful of teams whose jerseys changed dramatically. One of those teams was the Minnesota Wild, and their new jersey is absolutely gorgeous. These are a significant upgrade over their old jerseys, which weren’t awful but also weren’t great. The white (cream?) stripe in the middle brings a bit of vintage flair, while the rest is solid and modern.
The Colorado Avalanche’s new jersey is a modern version of the original jersey from their inaugural season. Colorado simplified the jersey a lot from their old one. It’s an old school look that needed to return so it could be loved and appreciated again.
Carolina also decided to create a new version of their original jersey. The jerseys they’ve had more recently have been too simple and more on the bland side. There was too much red going on, and they needed to incorporate the black in a little bit better. Thankfully, that’s exactly what the Hurricanes did.
While there are some beautiful upgrades to some of the jerseys, there are also some that are a major thumbs down and somewhat cringeworthy.
The worst of them all has to be from the Nashville Predators. The other jerseys weren’t that fantastic to begin with and needed to be improved. Instead, they downgraded dramatically. If you thought they couldn’t go more yellow, they just did.
The Devils didn’t improve their style either. If anything, they made the new jerseys a little bit worse than their Reebok ones. Okay, maybe really worse. It’s okay to be simple, but just like the Preds’ new jerseys, these are way too simple. In fact, they’re bland and boring. If they had kept the white and black stripes on the bottom of the jersey, everything would be okay.
Edmonton’s jersey isn’t awful, but much like their other jerseys, they’re…not great. The Oilers decided to switch to mostly orange like their alternates. However, they didn’t get the color right at all. The new shade of orange is off by a lot, and it hurts the new design that actually is okay. It could be worse, I guess.
The long-awaited debut of the Vegas Golden Knights’ jersey has arrived. And it’s actually pretty nice. No one had any idea how these jerseys were going to turn out, but it’s a pleasant surprise.
The unique mix of colors blended together really well. Little details are spread across the entire jersey from the secondary logo patch to the red collar on the inside. For a first jersey, this design is pretty impressive.
New jerseys for all 31 NHL teams will be available for fans to purchase in September, but will be available to pre-order soon.