I've got some great new photos of the 2009 All-Star Game jerseys. They were previously unveiled by the Canadiens — though in a picture that made making out details impossible — when they announced their Centennial plans.
The traditionalists out there will hate them, I can tell you that right now. The sleeves and even torso are asymmetrical. I think it's a refreshing change that we should get a chance to experience at least once a year. So the all-star game is perfect for that.
You'll notice there are three stars down the left sleeve of the East jersey and the right sleeve of the West jersey. On those stars are years: 1969, 1975 and 1993 — the last three times Montreal hosted the NHL All-Star Game. However, they did host the game eight times before '69. The first all-star game was in 1947 in Toronto.
These jerseys will have the player's number on the front the way last year's did — beneath the text. Oh, and while we're on last year's all-star jerseys, can I just say that these are infinitely better than those?
Maybe I'll get myself one of these red jerseys with Lecavalier on the back.
By the way, I made some updates to Third Jersey Central today. There's now a bonus section featuring news and photos for the Canadiens' Centennial jerseys, the 2009 Winter Classic jerseys and — you guessed it — the 2009 NHL All-Star Game jerseys. Be sure to check that out.