As many people know, Reebok will be ending their partnership with the National Hockey League at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. As one partnership ends, another begins with Adidas taking over as the league’s jersey designer. Adidas, which owns Reebok, was the main designer of the recent World Cup of Hockey jerseys in September 2016 and had landed a seven year contract with the NHL in September of 2015.
Although fans weren’t happy to hear there would be no production of third alternative jerseys in the 2017-18 season, this is something that has happened before when Reebok initially took over as the league’s primary designer in 2007-08. This has caused some teams such as the Edmonton Oilers to adopt their current third jersey as their primary home jersey for the foreseeable future. Some teams will likely see certain tweaks in their designs, but here are three teams who should follow in the path of the Oilers and make their alternative jersey their new home jersey in the 2017-18 season.
St. Louis Blues:
The St. Louis Blues were one of the numerous clubs who celebrated their 50th season in 2017. After being selected to play in the Winter Classic against the rival Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues brought back a rendition extremely similar to their 1967 jersey for not just the Winter Classic, but as a third jersey for a handful games in the season. Not only does the mix of blue and gold look amazing, but the design of the note itself is slimmer and essentially identical to the logo when the franchise was first created. Despite the current home jerseys also looking sleek, nothing beats the retro look and it’s something bright and very different from other jerseys in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames are another team that have their current alternative jersey pay homage to the team’s early beginnings. Since the early 2000s the Flames have sported a logo darker, but similar to the team’s first jerseys in the 1980s and 90s. However, starting in 2009 the Flames brought back an almost exact replica of the original jersey with the triple yellow and white stripe at the elbow and across the bottom of the torso. After discontinuing this jersey in 2013, it was brought back in 2016 and was worn in 12 home games. Although the dark logo and design looks more modern, the bright red and yellow along with the white flaming “C” logo lights up well on the ice. Not only does it look good on the players, but just imagine how good the C of Red would look with all of those jerseys come the playoffs.
Like the Flames and Blues, the Winnipeg Jets went back to their roots when they unveiled the jerseys for their Heritage Classic against the Edmonton Oilers. The throwback white jerseys are almost identical to the jerseys the team wore in the Jets’ first incarnation before moving to Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s. Along with the Heritage Classic the Jets’ continued to wear the beautiful white jerseys for a handful of games after and I believe they should continue to full-time next season. Now I have nothing against the Jets’ home and away jerseys now, but just imagine how amazing those jersey would look during the Winnipeg Whiteout come playoff time. Not only would these be easy on the eyes, but a nice tribute to the team’s origins.