Lately, the NHL and Adidas have been announcing some of the new alternate jerseys for teams across the league. Most have a sort of ‘90s and retro type of feel.
Updating the #JerseyWatch page and noticing a pattern with the #NHL third jerseys we’ve seen so far…https://t.co/k4LIBiyfKt pic.twitter.com/UWI83iQEOx— Icethetics (@icethetics) July 21, 2018
The jersey experts at Icethetics say it’s likely that the Penguins will be among the 15-20 teams in the league that get new third jerseys this year as Adidas re-introduces them. This makes sense, as Pittsburgh will play an outdoor game in Philadelphia with an obvious focus on something new and unique.
“Previous Penguins third jerseys have come from outdoor games,” Icethetics added. “Specifically the 2008 and 2011 Winter Classics — but I do not expect them to bring back the one from the 2017 Stadium Series.”
That’s a shame, being as the all-yellow jersey with a Steelers-esque style numbering looked sharp under the lights in 2017 when the Penguins beat the Flyers in the first outdoor games between the two rivals.
One thing that’s important to remember is the Flyers have already confirmed they’re bringing back the above pictured all-black jersey with orange trim for select games, but there’s another new sweater for them on the way for the outdoor game.
So there could be several options for Pittsburgh; the Penguins could get basically a one-off type jersey (like what they wore in Chicago for an outdoor game), and then a regular alternate jersey for home games. This would open up the possibility of the famous, so-called “Snoop Dogg” diagonal lettered jersey that’s almost universally preferred by the fanbase. Other options of course could be a return to blue in the mold of the team’s even deeper roots, if Icethetics is correct that a yellow jersey like the ‘17 Stadium Series is unlikely to return.
Either way, in the dog days of summer, it’s nice to see the NHL start to reveal the next wave of jerseys. With some patience, Penguins fans should soon see what the newest occasional-style of uniform will be for Pittsburgh in 2018-19 and possibly beyond.