The NHL spiced up our Monday morning with a 31-team jersey drop.
Hockey fans were introduced to “reverse retro” jerseys, with many teams opting for some bold choices.
As expected, the Calgary Flames chose to return to an old favourite, bringing back Blasty, much to the delight of their fans. But while the flaming horse head is a Calgary original, some Canucks fans are crying foul about some tweaks made to the Flames’ alternate uniforms.
With teams promising a “modern-day remix” on jerseys from the past, some changes were made to Calgary’s jerseys from the one Jarome Iginla used to wear. That includes the striping, which is now red and yellow, making the colour scheme strikingly similar to the Canucks’ old Flying Skate uniforms.
Not only that, but the Flames made the striping diagonal, reminding some of the Canucks’ Flying V.
It should be noted that after wearing them last season for their 50th anniversary, the Canucks will not be wearing the Flying Skate uniform going forward. They instead chose to introduce a green gradient jersey today.
We don’t know if the Canucks got Pavel Bure’s opinion on their new look, but the Flames did seek the approval of his brother Valeri for theirs.
We heard your #FreeBlasty call and we answered.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 16, 2020
Given that the Flames just raided the Canucks in free agency, signing Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Josh Leivo, and even Louis Domingue, Canucks fans accused the Flames of trying to steal their jersey too.
Here are some of the best comments on social media today:
— Chris Leckie (@chrisleckie) November 16, 2020
i think it's very considerate that the flames are trying to make all their free agent signings feel at home https://t.co/EvPq5WMhxP
— Sam (@samanthacp_) November 16, 2020
Kinda “meh” about the return of #Blasty, but since the retro home & aways are back, I will not complain. This @NHLFlames reverse retro looks too much like a Canucks throwback to me. pic.twitter.com/r2k2Wowmax
— Derek Howat (@djhowat) November 16, 2020
Since the #Flames signed 4 former #Canucks this off-season (Jacob Markstrom, Chris Tanev, Josh Leivo, Louis Domingue), they decided to honor them with their Reverse-Retro with the flying "V". pic.twitter.com/PH0wPc7Mcd
— J. D. Lagrange (@JD_Lagrange) November 16, 2020
Why is there a horse head on a Canucks jersey?
— Paul Tonsaker ⚖ (@PrisonBull) November 16, 2020
What does the V shape stand for? 🤔
— The Brindy Gypsy (@CRgypsy31) November 16, 2020
You guys want to be the canucks THAT bad?
— Haze (@hazewala) November 16, 2020
@Aaaron_Taylor They jacked the old Canucks colours and put the fire horse on it!
— Craig Fraser (@Fraser0308) November 16, 2020
Hmm.. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/b4DaPo1bl4
— Rob McIntyre (@RobMcIntyre1) November 16, 2020
Why does the new Canucks retro jersey have a horse logo?
— DogfoodSoup (@DogfoodSoup) November 16, 2020
— Scott_LaRoc (@shyster8) November 16, 2020
Can you stop taking things from us #Canucks
— Jordan Moss (@jmoss16) November 16, 2020
Canucks…. perhaps….. ⁉️⁉️⁉️
— sakurasakuumi 🦀 (@sakurasakuumi) November 16, 2020
— Garth Kennedy (@garthkennedy) November 16, 2020