On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks new Reverse Retro jersey was leaked. Although there are no pictures of what the New York Islanders new Reverse Retro third jersey will look like, it appears it will be one that will have some Islanders faithful jumping for joy, while others will be feeling the complete opposite.
NYI Hockey Now is hearing from league sources that the New York Islanders 2022-23 Reverse Retro jersey will encompass the Fisherman logo and style.
These new uniforms will not be exact replicas of the jersey set the New York Islanders wore from 1995-1997. The color is believed to be navy blue.
However, like the 1995-96 jerseys, the player names and numbers are believed to be white and outlined in orange.
The New York Islanders, whether it be in their store at the brand new UBS Arena or the store at their practice facility in East Meadow, have been pushing fisherman apparel.
It would make sense that The Fisherman is making a comeback.
For fans who were around in the late 90s, the Fisherman jerseys broke tradition. It was the first time the New York Islanders ditched their historic Islanders logo crested uniforms, the ones that they started with in 1972 and their dynasty.
It was a move by management in 1995 that turned the New York Islanders into a laughing stock, with the Fisherman on the crest rather very similar to the Gorton’s Fisherman, of the famous fish company.
During those years, the New York Islanders owned a combined record of 51-91-22 (22 ties). In both seasons, the Islanders finished last in the Atlantic Division.
For the 1997-98 season, the Islanders went back to the Islanders crest but kept the teal at the bottom. A year later, the Islanders dropped the teal and were back to their original uniform look.
The Fisherman jerseys have made an appearance since they were banished to the sun, with the New York Islanders wearing them for warmups for a game against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 3, 2015.
When the NHL announced that each team would have a Reverse Retro jersey, in partnership with Adidas for the 2019-20 season, there was the belief that the Fisherman jersey would be coming back.
That was not the case, but now it sure looks like it.
As of when the New York Islanders will make an official announcement, that date is not known at this time. But for now, get your mind ready to see these Fisherman-style Reverse Retros on the ice in 2022-23.