— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 24, 2017
The only thing better than watching the New York Rangers in the “Winter Classic” is taking that first glance at those fresh jerseys.
Finally. The NHL’s Winter Classic has come to the Big Apple, New York City.
We know the New York Rangers, Islanders and Devils participated in the Stadium Series a few years ago that took place at Yankee Stadium, but it simply wasn’t the official Classic. Come New Year’s Day 2018, the Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will be playing in the chilly Citi Field stadium air.
(Buffalo is actually designated as the home team, which is confusing as ever, but whatever. All it means is one fewer road game for the Blueshirts.)
It’s a treat. It is. The environment of an outdoor NHL game is something that still hasn’t grown old — even with the extra outdoor games in addition to the Classic.
Perhaps the only aspect of the event that’s more exciting than the game itself is the anticipation leading up to it — more specifically, the official jerseys.
Each game brings on another official jersey for an organization. The Rangers first and only representation in the Classic in Philly against the Flyers in 2012 brought a fresh off-white jersey that can be seen in bunches any time you visit Madison Square Garden.
The ending of the 2012 version — in addition to the jerseys — was also classic.
This year, Henrik Lundqvist and company will once again be the official visiting club, but their jerseys are anything but white.
As you’ve already seen from the photos above courtesy of the New York Rangers official Twitter account, the Rangers official 2018 Winter Classic jerseys have been unveiled.
These bad boys come at you with the Rangers classic blue color and white numbers without the Rangers recognizable outline. The patterns are very Rangers like with just enough old-school kick that fits perfectly with the event.
The 2018 Winter Classic comes your way on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET at Citi Field.