A recent offseason skate featuring members of the Philadelphia Flyers has led to speculation about its upcoming new third jersey. Specifically, it's been suggested that the 2012 Winter Classic uniform might make a comeback.
Dave Isaac, Courier-Post, wrote:
Among them was Zac Rinaldo, wearing black pants with an orange stripe down the side and many players donned black helmets, which had cream-colored numbers and an orange outline. Usually, the Flyers wear solid black pants and the black helmets have solid white numbers on them.
In the locker room, the striped pants hung in most players' stalls with the cream-numbered helmets above. In all likelihood, this is part of the Flyers' new alternate kits this season. The team will debut, at some point, a third jersey. It sounds like it's not coming soon and two players said they haven't seen the new threads yet.
The helmet and pants look exactly like what the Flyers wore in the 2012 Winter Classic against the New York Rangers. While the jersey aspect of the kit remains a mystery, expect for it to come out around training camp, if not before. Perhaps the jersey won't be new at all and that, too, will be identical to what the Flyers wore in the game at Citizens Bank Park.
I'm not sure I would say "in all likelihood." It's entirely possible the guys are just using leftover equipment they can't use in a game anymore. They wouldn't just throw it away, would they?
Then again, if the gear wasn't seen at all last year — which Isaac doesn't specify — it could be something new. But I would be surprised if the Flyers were issuing players new alternate uniform gear during the offseason. Of course, that's just me.
What do you think? Should the Flyers revive their Winter Classic look? Or go with something completely new?
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UPDATE · Aug 27 · For those interested, further confirmation of Isaac's report of the Winter Classic style pants being seen in the locker room can be found on the Flyers' website.
There are a number of video interviews shot in the locker room where the orange-striped pants are visible in the background.