While the Penguins are busy making changes to the roster that will eventually don the famous black-and-gold sweaters, the same cannot be said for the jerseys themselves.
The Penguins will likely head into the 2020-21 season with the same three jerseys they have had since 2018—the solid black/gold trim home, the solid white/gold trim away, and the solid gold alternates.
The Penguins’ organization hasn’t made a drastic change to the team’s uniforms since 2016-17, when the newly-introduced throwback jerseys of the Mario Lemieux days became so popular that the team decided to make them the default uniforms for home and away games. Goodbye, Vegas Gold.
But every car can use a new paint job now and again. Thanks to Twitter user and sports design hobbyist Z89Design, we have a new take on some fan-designed alternate jersey concepts:
Fans have been yearning for an alternate jersey featuring the famous (or infamous?) “Robo-Penguin” design from the 1990s. The ‘90s nostalgia is strong.
And while the Robo-Penguin doesn’t make an outright comeback in these designs, there are definite influences of the 1990s Penguins seen in these concepts.
The original logo wins out, but the stripes reflect the design of our 90's friend. Attached the logo for reference. I think it results in a nice mix of the two eras! pic.twitter.com/ZqmtLSRB1H— Z89Design (@Z89Design) September 15, 2020
The road set mirrors the home - it doesn't quite reflect the robo-penguin connection as well but still looks pretty sharp (at least I think so ). pic.twitter.com/UI9IEolL10— Z89Design (@Z89Design) September 15, 2020
The three white/black stripes at the bottom of the jersey and sleeves is a bit of an homage to the 1990s look. I like it; it’s just different. Additionally, the black/gold combination on the sleeves and lower jersey works well with the dominant color of whatever jersey the team is wearing that night.
For the first alternate, I wanted to incorporate the famous bridges in Pittsburgh somehow - messed around with a lot of ideas and settled on this unique stripe pattern on the arms - i think it most closely reflects the Clemente bridge. The logo colors are adjusted here too. pic.twitter.com/2MMsg5W3Sg— Z89Design (@Z89Design) September 15, 2020
I especially like the bridge design on the first alternate sweater. Connecting one of Pittsburgh’s famous nicknames, The City of Bridges, to the team is a nice touch. Inverting the Golden Triangle to black is a very unique move, albeit one that I’m not too sold on.
Lastly is a throwback-themed second alternate. It mixes elements from a few of the Penguins' jerseys from their early years. pic.twitter.com/4cs9pKmi4H— Z89Design (@Z89Design) September 15, 2020
Now, I know the blue throwbacks have earned a bad rap and are considered unlucky, but this concept does a great job showcasing what those early Penguins teams looked like, while adding a modern flare, too. I’m a sucker for throwback jerseys that honor the early years of any team, so I would definitely be forking out the money for one of these.
All around, these are very fun designs to examine. The concepts manage to honor the city and the team’s history, which is always something I enjoy to see incorporated into uniform designs.
What do you think? Are you a radical who wants to see the Penguins mix up their uniforms, or would you prefer to maintain the status quo with no sweater switching?
And, if you had to pick one, which concept jersey is your favorite?
Which Penguins concept jersey is your favorite?
This poll is closed
Black home jersey with stripes
White away jersey with stripes
Alternate gold/City of Bridges jersey
Alternate 1960s powder blue jersey