All 31 NHL teams are getting a new addition to their wardrobe.
After teasing them for the last week, the NHL and Adidas finally revealed the full line of “reverse retro” jerseys today, which will be worn for select games next season.
The reverse retro concept essentially involves picking old jerseys and giving them a remix, with many teams opting for some bold new looks.
The Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes remixed jerseys from their former homes, as they’ll be rocking remixed Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers uniforms, respectively. The Minnesota Wild, meanwhile, will be showcasing Minnesota North Stars colours. Even the Vegas Golden Knights found a way to go retro, with a nod to the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL.
Many people will be buzzing about the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona Coyotes uniforms, as both teams chose to throw it back to their outrageous 1990s third jerseys.
The jersey concept was two and a half years in the making, according to Dan Near, the Head of Adidas Hockey. That’s when Commissioner Gary Bettman was presented with about a dozen forward-thinking ideas.
“We realized that fans love retro, but in 2018, there was a fan survey on NHL.com about the best jerseys of all-time. Well 22 of the 25 of those were either retro, or even defunct team looks,” Near said in a telephone interview with Daily Hive.
“We don’t just want to recreate the past. There needs to be progress, there needs to be ‘new’ in everything we do in this partnership. And that’s where ‘your colours, your retros reversed’ came from.”
Near said that teams were looking to one-up each other in this process.
“There was a constituency of leaders within hockey who said… ‘When people are talking what are the best reverse retro jerseys, mine’s going to be top three.’ And there’s more than three teams that said that by the way.”
“I think some of the stuff that you’re seeing… is a reflection of that. There is an element of courage that’s required, but I just see hockey evolving as far as progressive marketing and people recognizing the importance of bringing youth into the sport.”
Other noteworthy jerseys include the Los Angeles Kings, who mashed together looks from two different eras. Fans of the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers will be pleased as well, as the Blasty and Lady Liberty logos have returned.
Even teams that have refused to offer up a third jersey in the past have gotten in on the fun this time around, including the Montreal Canadiens, who debuted a blue jersey.
Here’s a look at all 31 jersey designs unveiled today, with the year of the jersey inspiration listed in parentheses.