Analyzing the league’s Reverse Retro jersey unveiling

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Mike Richter, New York Rangers, Reverse Retro
Mike Richter, New York Rangers, Reverse Retro /

The Rangers gave their current jerseys the Lady Liberty treatment for their reverse retro jersey, and while this wasn’t a super crazy idea, it just looks good.

The retro-style shoulder patches help complete the jersey as well. New Jersey transformed their inaugural season jersey by applying the Colorado Rockies’ colors to it to pay respect to the team that relocated to New Jersey.

Some have said the jersey looks off because the logo and the colors don’t mesh well enough, and I share some of that sentiment. I would have liked to see New Jersey slightly alter the logo to create a wholly transformed jersey, but it is still solid. The Blue Jackets played around with their colors quite a bit, mixing in a current blue and using a black jersey for the first time ever to create an homage to their original third jerseys.

I think they should have used the Kepi hat logo that is used on the shoulder as the primary logo on the jersey. That would have made for a great design. Arizona is the first team in NHL history to use sienna as a primary color on a jersey. While they didn’t do anything drastically different from their previous Reverse Retro, I love the audacity of using a sandy color as the base of a jersey.

Montreal took its 1979 jersey and made it a baby blue to honor the defunct Montreal Expos baseball team. Many of these teams took bold risks with color, and there are some tremendous designs.

There were some teams who went bold by throwing back to some divisive designs. Boston brought back the bear that was initially a derisive name of Pooh; now, it is affectionately known as such. A common element among many of these designs is that they were originally disliked but have become loved over time. The lore behind the jersey is based on a painting seen in an executive’s office, thus creating an awkward look on the jersey. Combine that with the garish striping, and you have one heck of a unique look.