After weeks of speculation, the Buffalo Sabres have officially unveiled their new third jersey. The team broadcast the unveiling ceremony live on their web site.
They also made the official announcement of the new sweaters with this graphic.
The ceremony, which began after a team scrimmage, featured each member of the team stepping out onto the ice in the new sweater. Ryan Miller got things started, giving fans their very first look at the new duds.
It's a great redesign of their classic look — with an update of the logo and blue uniform.
We got a decent look at the full uniform when Maxim Afinogenov and Drew Stafford stepped out. You can see the Sabres will keep the sweater number on the front shoulder and add new socks to match the jersey.
You'll also notice a silver area under the arms in this picture of Teppo Numminen. They're very sharp jerseys.
Once everyone was out there, the players skated a few laps around the ice and waved goodbye to fans.
The Sabres had the following statement regarding the new sweaters on their web site.
Utilizing the original crest from the 1970s, the logo has undergone minor modifications for an overall vintage appearance.
“The first thing we wanted to do is go to our new color scheme, which is the deeper blue and gold,” said Director of Creative Services, Frank Cravotta. “After that we added the striping pattern, introduced some silver accents in it and put some silver vertical piping along the front… It makes for a new and unique look.”
The jersey also encompasses a tie at the collar to “reinforce the retro style,” according to Cravotta.
I couldn't agree more with Cravotta's statement. And to every person saying the vertical piping is "unnecessary"... can you please define what is necessary outside of a uniform that identifies a group of players as teammates? Stuff like that has me in stitches.I've set up a photo gallery for the Sabres' third jersey. Right now, it's made up primarily of screenshots from the live broadcast of the event on Sabres TV. I'll add more images when they're available.
If I hear anything else or see any better photos of these sweaters, I'll be sure to keep you updated.