The New York Islanders finally reveal their alternate jersey on Monday although it was previously leaked at the beginning of September.
The jersey appears to be heavily inspired by the team’s Stadium Series jersey, worn at Yankee Stadium against the New York Rangers on Jan. 29, 2014. The modern looking jersey with the “NY” logo on the crest was then worn a few more times during the 2013-14 season before becoming the team’s official third jersey for the 2014-15 season.
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In correspondence to the team’s move to Brooklyn, the jersey was then retired and replaced by a black “Brooklyn Pride” jersey with a similar logo. That jersey only lasted two seasons as all third jerseys league-wide were discontinued when the NHL made Adidas their official manufacturer starting with the 2017-18 season.
One season later, third jerseys are once again allowed and several teams have already released theirs. Throwbacks appear to be in style so far with the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, and Washington Capitals all releasing third jerseys reminiscent of their respective franchise’s past.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche (Washington and Calgary too) have both brought back their third jerseys from the 2016-17 campaign with a few Adidas modifications to them while the Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes, and San Jose Sharks have all come up with something new.
The Islanders, to an extent, appear to have gone the same route as the Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues bringing back a jersey worn in an outdoor game. However, there are some noticeable differences.
For one, the logo is different. It is still the “NY” logo but there is no longer a chrome outline around it and the four stripes, representing the team’s four Stanley Cup wins, are on the blade of the ‘Y’ stick rather the shaft.
The striping has been modified as well, there is no longer a white nameplate, and the numbers on both the arms and back of the jersey are no longer white but orange which is a throwback to the jerseys the team wore at the beginning of their history.
The team has also introduced a new wordmark: the word “Isles” in script which will appear on the helmet worn with these new threads. On the inside collar is a silhouette of Long Island.