Fans can’t wait to see what outdoor venue will be used. What former stars will play in alumni game. And of course, what will the jerseys look like? This year proves to keep the high standards the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres set back in 2008.
Let’s start with the away team. The New York Rangers finally unveiled their threads yesterday and it was worth the wait. I love the off-white tone. I also like the use of the colors. The red and blue are used simply and sparingly. Just a few stripes and the blue yolk. At the center of the action is the Rangers’ crest. It’s a real beaut’. The shield harkens perfectly back to the original shield the Rangers used when they were an Original 6 team back in 1926.
There is really nothing bad I can say about this jersey. My only critique would be of the red shoulder stripes on the front and back below the yolk. They seem a bit random and abruptly end at the arm, but that is nit-picking. This jersey is probably one of the better Winter Classic sweaters to be worn. The Winter Classic patch is on the shoulder and out-of-the-way. This jersey could almost be used by Team USA for the olympics.
Grade: On a scale of five (5) Zambonis, five being perfect and one (1) being the Islanders’ fisherman uniforms, I give the Rangers five zambonis.
Now over to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers unveiled a Winter Classic jersey any fan of Halloween will love. Being the home team, they went with a solid orange jersey with black and off-white accents. As well as an off-white nameplate, keeping consistent with Flyer uniforms history. Not much here to not like either. Simple and clean.
The color might be a bit bold for some fans, but the Flyers are a bold franchise. They have always been in your face and not afraid to stand out. In front is the classic and familiar Flyers logo. The Winter Classic patch is also placed on the top of the shoulder for the Flyers, making it on the jersey but out-of-the-way. Very much like that both teams placed the patch up and out-of-the-way.
Since the Flyers have kept the same uniform design since their inception back in 1967, there are not too many options for them to “throw-back” to. This faux-back design, I feel, is a good concept. Staying true to the brand and highlighting classic features such as the orange, the logo and the nameplate.
Grade: four zambonis
On a final note, I would like to look at the goalies. No news or pics as to what their masks may look like. As we know, goalies in past Winter Classics have dawned new “throw-back” masks for these games. We are also unsure if they will wear their current pads or break-in brown pads to keep consistent with the classic look and feel of the game.
Our only glimpse comes from Rangers net minder Hendrik Lundqvist during the New York unveiling when he said his mask will “look like it was in my closet for 40 years.”
If the jerseys are any indication, this Winter Classic will be one to remember.