NHL JerseyWatch 2014: September Edition

We've seen a lot of new sweaters since the last NHL JerseyWatch 2014 report and there are still more on the way. In fact, I'm traveling to Tampa this weekend to cover the Lightning's third jersey unveiling myself. So let's get caught up on everything we know so far.


On June 27, the Anaheim Ducks revealed new home and road threads for the 2014-15 season.

The new home jersey is a modified version of the third that debuted in 2010. A matching white away jersey saw its first game action during the preseason this week. See photos in the slideshow above.

We will once again be seeing that original Mighty Ducks logo 82 times a year since it now appears on both shoulders of both jerseys. Nostalgic Anaheim fans will be excited about that.

Anaheim Ducks primary uniforms, 2006—2014

As is often the case, when new jerseys arrive, old jerseys are retired. These dull, wordmark-marred monstrosities are officially a thing of the past.


Also on June 27 — NHL Draft Day — the team from Phoenix made a splash, officially changing its name to the Arizona Coyotes.

As part of the name change, the club introduced new secondary and wordmark logos. The shoulder patch on the jerseys now reads "AZ" instead of "PHX."

In addition, the Coyotes' black third jersey has been retired. But that doesn't mean they're completely wiping away the Phoenix era. Far from it, in fact.

The club's original 1996 jersey will return for at least one special game this season.

The Coyotes announced "Throwback Night" is scheduled for March 5, 2015, when we'll get to "watch the team play in one of the franchise’s original uniforms." Of course they're cryptic about which one just to keep us guessing.

Which one do you want to see? Vote in the poll. 

Since they'll be hosting the Vancouver Canucks, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed we see both teams in 1990s throwbacks.

Coyotes jerseys, 1996—2003

Throwback pant shell by Warrior / Photo origin unknown


The Los Angeles Kings will defend their Stanley Cup championship clad in gold for a handful of games late in the 2014-15 season.

The news was revealed way back in March by LA Kings Insider writer Jon Rosen, who shared this graphic as a preview of what's to come.

Kings Legends Night uniform, 2015—

The team has been wearing purple throwback jerseys for special Legends Night games going back to 2010. They'll continue paying tribute to those original uniforms while they transition to the brighter gold version this season.

It'll be a long wait, though. The first Legends Night game is slated for Feb. 12, 2015. Two more are planned for Feb. 24 and March 7.

For those of you that loved the "Forum blue," don't despair. The Kings are two years away from celebrating their 50th anniversary. I bet it'll be back.


At least one of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series jerseys will survive into 2015, chrome crest and all. The New York Islanders have designated those outdoor duds as their new third jersey this season.

In related news, the Isles' widely disliked black third jersey was officially retired. It made its curtain call on March 23 in a 2-0 shutout win over Columbus.

This will be the Islanders' final season playing at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and a special commemorative patch was created. It will be worn on the right shoulder of the jerseys this year. Take a look at it in the slideshow above.

The team will move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next year and it's possible a new third jersey is in the works for that. Isles CEO Brett Yormark keeps talking about a black-and-white sweater.

In all likelihood, the Isles will be back here for NHL JerseyWatch 2015.


On Sept. 20, the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new third jersey, confirming rumors about the return of their 2012 Winter Classic sweater.

The unveiling came out of nowhere last Saturday morning without any big build-up or hype.

The Flyers announced a list of 10 home games and two road games where there jersey will be worn. It'll be seen for the first time since 2012 on Sat., Oct. 11.

However, it won't be the first time seen indoors — despite what I may have said previously. The jersey made its debut outdoors on Jan. 2, 2012. But the Flyers did use it one more time for an indoor game on Feb. 11, 2012 — against the Rangers once again.

The Rangers will see that jersey two more times this November, including a game at the Garden.


Legions of Pittsburgh Penguins fans everywhere were beside themselves last Friday upon seeing Sidney Crosby sporting the same jersey Mario Lemieux wore while lifting back-to-back Stanley Cups.

On Sept. 19, the Pens unveiled their new third jersey — a modernized version of the black sweater the club wore between 1988 and 1992. Most notably, it marks the return of classic Pittsburgh gold.

The new look will be worn for 11 home games and once on the road this season. We'll see it for the first time on the ice on Wed., Oct. 22.

An alternate like this paves the way for new home and road jerseys in the future, not unlike what we're seeing with the Ducks.


Like the Ducks, the St. Louis Blues unveiled new home and road uniforms this summer. We got our first look during a special fan event on Aug. 25.

The team returned to a more traditional jersey design — similar to what they wore prior to the Reebok redesign of 2007.

Gone is the unsightly apron-string piping. Back are the horizontal waist and sleeve stripes. And remaining unchanged is the classic Blue Note on the chest. They know better than to mess with that.

Let's take one last look at the old sweaters before consigning them to the scrap heap for eternity.

St. Louis Blues primary uniforms, 2007—2014

The Blues' navy-colored third jersey, which launched in 2008, will remain unchanged.

Over the last two weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been preparing us for the unveiling of their new third jersey by offering up a few teaser photos.

The pictures don't show much apart from the fact that the uniform will be black. Many Lightning fans are excited for that to return, myself included.

The Bolts will reveal the new jersey at Fan Fest this Saturday, Sept. 27. I will be in attendance to share exclusive photos. Yes, I'm excited!

My flight leaves Friday morning so I'll arrive in time for the preseason game against the Stars. I'll let you know if I spot anything around the arena.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @icethetics for the latest updates from my trip.

In the meantime, the Lightning have released their third jersey schedule if you're interested.

Tampa Bay Lightning third jersey, 2008—2014

Regardless of what we see this weekend, we have seen the last of the blue Bolts jersey.


The Washington Capitals will be the lone NHL club with a special anniversary patch this season. The team marks four decades with the logo seen above.

But that's not all the Caps are up to this season...

Winter Classic

On Tuesday, the NHL revealed the logo for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic along with the uniforms to be worn by the Capitals, who will host the game at Nationals Park in D.C. on Jan. 1.

The uniforms caught fans by surprise, as most expected to see the red 1970s throwback. Instead, the team opted for a completely new sweater design that honors the city's pre-Caps hockey history.

Absent from the proceedings this week was any mention of what the Chicago Blackhawks will wear on New Year's Day.

Photo from Washington Capitals

The logo representing the team on signage around the ballpark was their standard primary mark — rather than any sort of retro design. We'll have to wait a little longer to find out what they have in store. No unveiling date has been set yet.

By the way, the Blackhawks will become the first NHL franchise to play outdoor games in back-to-back seasons, having hosted the Penguins in the NHL Stadium Series last year.

Stadium Series

The San Jose Sharks will make their first outdoor appearance in the 2015 NHL Stadium Series when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

Unfortunately, there's nothing new to report on the league's other outdoor event at this point. We only know of the one game so far — which doesn't really make a "series."

No jerseys, no special logos. All we know is that on Feb. 21, 2015, the two clubs will meet at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

But rumors still abound. It's believed the NHL has more up its sleeve for the Stadium Series.

Possibilities include the Canadiens and Bruins at Gillette Stadium and even the Avalanche and Red Wings at Coors Field — the perfect place to revive Colorado Rockies hockey sweaters.

Looking beyond this season, it's been reported the Minnesota Wild will host an outdoor game in 2016 while the Winnipeg Jets are expected to have the Heritage Classic the same year. But all that is for next year's NHL JerseyWatch.

All-Star Game

In July, we learned the NHL may introduce neon green and black jerseys at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.

Reebok's spring 2015 catalog spilled the beans on that bit of info. The document showcased designs for various apparel such as hats and T-shirts. The player shirts, specifically, featured the striking color scheme as well a chrome version of the All-Star shield.

The league has yet to officially unveil any jersey designs at this point. But since the game is set for Jan. 25, 2015, it could be a while.

For now, the Columbus Blue Jackets will wear an All-Star Game patch on their jerseys this season, as seen in the photo above.

Reebok T-shirt design for 2015 NHL All-Star Game

Final Thoughts

This should be it for the speculative portion of NHL JerseyWatch 2014. The next update will be in October or November once all of the new uniforms for this season have been made public. (I can't imagine anything will come after the Black Friday shopping rush.)

Once we've seen everything, we can talk about the best and worst of the season.

In the meantime, how do you think it's all shaping up?