It’s safe to say the New York Islanders didn’t stray too far outside of the box on their new Reverse Retro jersey.
The Islanders opted to keep it simple with the team’s new fourth jersey. The color scheme features a navy blue instead of the traditional royal blue and inverts the white stripe on the arm over the orange stripe.
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Navy blue was predominantly featured during the late 1990s and 2000s.
The Reverse Retro jersey will be available on Dec. 1 and will be worn multiple times next season, according to an NHL press release. They will be worn during what the league called special “head-to-head matchups featuring exciting and renewed rivalries – both old and new.”
Those games will be announced at a later date.
“Hockey fans love retro jerseys and Reverse Retro is a great opportunity for Adidas to work closely with the NHL and all 31 teams to bring back a design from a meaningful point in team history with a unique twist,” Senior Director at Adidas Hockey Dan Near said in a statement. “Our goal from day one has been to work with the NHL and all of the teams to bring creativity, innovation, and energy to the sport with all that we do. What better way to do that than to bring together the nostalgia of historical moments in each team’s history with something new via designs that have never been seen before in the sport.”
Teaser pics of the Reverse Retro jersey had been published in the days leading up to Monday’s release and sparked some disappointment from Islanders fans over the simplistic design. There had been a section of the fan base that had been hoping the team would be a bit more creative or use the opportunity to resurrect the fisherman logo from the 1990s.
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