Another year, another batch of new NHL jerseys. It’s time to begin JerseyWatch 2019! The 2018-19 season has brought a variety of new sweaters but there are still plenty to come — and even more in the 2019-20 season. Get your first look now!

Before we continue, I should mention that some of the jerseys expected in 2018-19 have not yet been unveiled. So that information has transferred from JerseyWatch 2018 to JerseyWatch 2019.

Bookmark this page for the latest news and reports from around the league.

This page was last updated on May 20. Have a tip? Send it to Chris at icethetics@gmail.com.

Latest Updates

  • 5/20: Added Sabres’ 50th anniversary logos.

  • 5/12: Added 2019 NHL Global Series logos and updated placeholder logo for NHL Seattle.

  • 4/29: Added reports for the Oilers and Wild 2019 third jerseys.

  • 4/9: Several updates including the addition of the 2019 NHL Winter Classic logo.

  • 3/15: Added 2019 NHL Heritage Classic logo.

  • 3/3: Added Canucks’ 50th anniversary logo.

  • 12/25/18: Icethetics launches JerseyWatch 2019!

Upcoming Dates

  • 6/21: 2019 NHL Draft begins. Teams often use the draft as an opportunity to unveil new uniforms for the coming season.

Adidas Catalog

The 2018-19 Adidas catalog leaked on Reddit in May 2018 and proved accurate in forecasting the collection of new NHL sweaters. This year, our preview comes much earlier as Icethetics has gotten an exclusive first look this month — at what’s to come in the 2019-20!

Much of what follows is based on the contents of the catalog — which is always subject to change. This is a document distributed to retailers to help them plan what to stock for the coming year but is by no means set in stone. As always, the catalog doesn’t show specific jersey designs, but rather blank jersey outlines marked “confidential.” In some cases, the designs haven’t even been finalized yet. But it does tell us what teams to keep an eye on!

Anaheim Ducks

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. Yes, we’re going on this ride one more time! The Ducks debuted a new third jersey with some throwback elements for their 25th anniversary — but this is a one-off jersey for the 2018-19 season only. It’s been reported that the Ducks will return to their orange third jersey in 2019-20 and I think that’s a safe bet.

Arizona Coyotes

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Boston Bruins

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. The Bruins will rejoin the third jersey fray in 2019-20, but what design will they use? They have no shortage of outdoor jerseys from recent years. Will they go with something familiar or completely new?

Buffalo Sabres

  • 2019 Third jersey: Expected. Buffalo is in the mix for a third jersey in 2019-20. Could it finally be the royal blue throwback fans have been begging for?

  • 50th Anniversary: A couple of 50th anniversary logos were officially unveiled on May 20. Both will be used in some form during 2019-20. [5/20]

Calgary Flames

  • 40th Anniversary: The Flames celebrated 30 years in Calgary during 2009-10, so the 40th is possible in 2019-20. (The franchise relocated from Atlanta in 1980.) It doesn’t mean much other than possibly some shoulder patches. They’re already wearing their original jersey as a third.

  • 2019 Heritage Classic: The Flames will face the Winnipeg Jets at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Oct. 26. Will they wear the same red throwback jersey or maybe a white one? [1/1]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • 2019 Road Jersey: Redesign confirmed. It’s been reported that Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon is not a fan of his team’s white road sweater. He confirmed that publicly in an interview on the NHL’s SiriusXM channel. The new Adidas catalog also indicates a new design is coming in 2019-20. [1/15]

  • As an aside, the Hurricanes are the first team in years to provoke a regular season color-vs-color game by wearing their home red jerseys on the road against the Ducks who wore black. And with the Whalers jersey coming back this year, I’m not sure any Canes jersey prediction is safe!

  • Throwback Jersey: Speaking of the Whalers, the green jerseys will show up at least once more in 2019 (March 5 in Boston). But given the very mixed reaction — the displeasure of many New Englanders in particular — do we think we’ll see these again beyond the 2018-19 season? For what it’s worth, 2019 marks 40 years since the Whalers originally joined the NHL after the WHA folded in 1979.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • 2019 Home & Road Jerseys: Expected. The biggest surprise of the catalog for me was seeing new primary uniforms listed for the Blackhawks in 2019-20. That would be insanity! Or would it? Chicago’s jerseys are untouchable and everyone knows it. Don’t forget Montreal was in this position in 2015 before they simply revealed a new collar design, leaving everything else alone. Is that what the Hawks are doing? They haven’t used a lace-up collar since 1965, but could it be back in 2019-20? As much as I dislike the Adidas collars, some have grown on me. Chicago’s has not. At all.

Colorado Avalanche

  • 2020 Stadium Series: The Avalanche will host the Los Angeles Kings in an outdoor game on Feb. 15, 2020 at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. Special uniforms are expected for the game. [1/1]

  • 25th Anniversary: The Avalanche arrived from Quebec in 1995, so 2020 will mark their 25th anniversary. They celebrated their 20th in 2015-16 so I think the 2020-21 season is more likely for 25.

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • 20th Anniversary: I don’t mean to be on AnniversaryWatch over here, but the Blue Jackets will hit 20 years in 2020. But if their 10th is any indication, which was in 2010-11, we’ll probably see this in 2020-21 rather than 2019-20.

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Dallas Stars

  • 2020 Winter Classic: The Stars will host the Nashville Predators in the NHL’s marquee outdoor game on Jan. 1, 2020 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. A special jersey is expected for this event. [1/1]

Detroit Red Wings

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. The Red Wings have never had a regular third jersey so this is big news! Like the Bruins, they have a number of outdoor jerseys to consider but they could also surprise us with an entirely new design. Time will tell.

Edmonton Oilers

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. The Oilers are in line for a new third jersey in 2019-20. In April, an Icethetics source reported secondhand that the team will not return to the retro blue sweater as many of us suspected. Instead, I’m told the new design could be navy blue and orange without any white! It may also have elements inspired by the Team North America jersey from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Florida Panthers

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. Three years since their rebrand, the Panthers will add a new third jersey! The most obvious choice, in my mind, would be a navy blue design with the modernized leaping cat front and center, but I kind of hope Florida gets a little more creative.

Los Angeles Kings

  • 2020 Stadium Series: The Kings will face the Colorado Avalanche in an outdoor game on Feb. 15, 2020 at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. Special uniforms are expected for the game. [1/25]

  • The Kings have previously played in two Stadium Series match-ups against the Ducks in 2014 and the Sharks in 2015.

Minnesota Wild

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Possible. According to the Adidas catalog, the Wild are in the mix for a new third jersey. But I’ve downgraded their status from “expected” to “possible” based on a recent report from Michael Russo at The Athletic. Russo says the team had been looking at a new design but apparently TV testing did not go well. So it may be off the table for 2019-20. [4/26]

  • 2021 Winter Classic: Russo added that the Wild are vying to host the 2021 Winter Classic and, if they get it, a new third jersey would have to wait until at least 2021-22. (The league wouldn’t permit them to introduce two new specialty jerseys in the same year—though you could easily imagine their potential Winter Classic jersey design becoming an alternate in the following season.) [4/26]

  • 20th Anniversary: I know, last time. Like Columbus, the Wild turn 20 in 2020. But also like Columbus, their 10th anniversary was in 2010-11, so we’ll probably see this in 2020-21. That is all.

Montreal Canadiens

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Nashville Predators

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. The Predators will be back in the third jersey fray for 2019-20! They haven’t used one since redesigning their logo and uniforms in 2011. An obvious design choice would be navy blue, but as with the Panthers, I hope they do something a bit more interesting.

  • 2020 Winter Classic: The Predators will face the Dallas Stars at the Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1. A special jersey is expected for this event. [1/25]

New Jersey Devils

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

New York Islanders

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

New York Rangers

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. Another Original Six team will add a new third jersey in 2019-20! Will the navy blue Heritage jersey return? Maybe the Lady Liberty design from the late ’90s? Or will we be treated to something all new?

Ottawa Senators

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Expected. Because the Adidas catalog lists the Senators with other teams getting new thirds in 2019-20, I don’t think we’ll see the red NHL100 Classic jersey again. It’s more likely the Sens get something new.

  • The Rebrand: The Ottawa saga probably needs a blog post all its own but I’ll sum up as best I can. First, Sens COO Nicolas Ruszkowski told TSN in September that the team is working on a “new permanent logo for the 2019-20 season.” Three months later, Sens CMO Aimee Deziel confirmed to Sens Callups podcast that a new logo is in the works but told them the soonest they could launch is the 2020-21 season due to NHL requirements and Adidas manufacturing timelines.

  • Clarification: This might seem trivial, but some have reported Deziel said the earliest season possible for the rebrand is 2021-22, but if you listen to the podcast, what she actually says at 13:25 is “the twenty twenty-one season,” which could be taken to mean 2021 or 20/21 (the way you might call this year the 18/19 season). It’s a bit confusing I know. However, she clears it up moments later when she says, “introduction is at least a season and a half away.” A season and a half from now would be the start of the 2020-21 season. But of course she says, “at the earliest,” which means the new logo could still come later than that in 2021 or beyond. [12/13]

  • Survey Question: In July, an Ottawa radio personality tweeted a screenshot of some proposed Senators logos shown in a team survey. The Sens replied to that tweet, seeming to confirm the images were part of their survey. [7/18]

  • Survey Results: When Deziel did her interview with Sens Callups, she actually provided the response data associated with that question. I don’t recall ever seeing this kind of transparency from a team! Anyway, it breaks down fan preference for each design. In essence, it says fans still largely prefer the current logo to any other but not by a large enough margin for the team to sit pat. [12/13]

Philadelphia Flyers

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

San Jose Sharks

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Seattle

  • It’s finally happening! Seattle’s newly awarded NHL franchise will not begin play until the 2021-22 season, but they will make waves with a name announcement planned for fall 2019.

  • On May 9, the organization launched an official website for fans that includes information about the future team. There’s a poll asking visitors about their preferences for the club’s branding. [5/9]

  • The team also began using a new script wordmark on the new fan website.

St. Louis Blues

  • All-Star Patch: As host of the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend, the Blues are likely to wear a patch on their sweaters throughout 2019-20 to commemorate the event. [1/1]

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Throwback Jersey: The Maple Leafs brought back an Adizero version of their St. Pats jersey in March. I’d be surprised if it didn’t return in 2019-20. [2/19]

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Vancouver Canucks

  • 2019 Home & Road Jerseys: Expected. After the Blackhawks, the other big surprise from the Adidas catalog was seeing new primary sweaters listed for the Canucks in 2019-20! It’s unclear whether the Canucks are working on sweeping changes or maybe just updating the crest to remove the superfluous “Vancouver” arched across the top. But I also wouldn’t be that shocked to see a new primary logo to coincide with the 50th anniversary.

  • 2019 THIRD JERSEY: Confirmed. Canucks COO Jeff Stipec told TSN in August that there will be a new third jersey in 2019-20 — in addition to the throwback sweater fans voted for over the summer. The Adidas catalog does corroborate this. [8/23]

  • 2019 Throwback Jersey: Confirmed. In addition to the new third, the Canucks will wear a throwback jersey for select games in 2019-20. After an online fan vote, the team determined they will use their 1989 "Flying Skate" design. [8/13]

  • 50th Anniversary: The Canucks unveiled their 50th anniversary logo on Feb. 23, announcing that a year of festivities will begin in June when Vancouver hosts the 2019 NHL Draft. [2/23]

  • JERSEY RETIREMENTS: As part of the club’s 50th anniversary, the Canucks will retire the jerseys of the Sedin twins, who retired after 2017-18 — No. 22 for Daniel and No. 33 for Henrik. Details will be announced at a later date. [10/11]

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 2019 Third Jersey: Confirmed. The Golden Knights are not the kind of team to waste time. They went to the Stanley Cup Final in their first season and in their third they’ll add a third jersey!

  • Details: In an interview with The Sin Bin, team owner Bill Foley was asked about the progress of the third jersey. He said: “We’re trying to get the color right. A particular color … I’m not going to confirm ‘gold,’ but a particular color that is bright, that people can wear to a game and they’ll stand out. Right now, the steel grey, and it’s a beautiful jersey, but it doesn’t stand out. The white stands out and this new jersey will stand out.” [12/23]

Washington Capitals

  • No changes are expected in 2019-20.

Winnipeg Jets

  • Throwback Jersey: The Jets used their Heritage Classic jersey twice in 2018-19 and the team says it will be used at least once a season going forward. Keep an eye on that for 2019-20. [9/14]

  • 2019 Heritage Classic: The Jets will face the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan on Oct. 26. Will they wear the same white throwback jersey or maybe a blue one? [1/1]


NHL Events in 2019 & Beyond

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin following the end of the 2018-19 season on April 6. The logo remains in the same style used since 2013.

2019 NHL Draft: Vancouver

  • Jun 21-22: The Vancouver Canucks were named host of the 2019 NHL Draft on Feb. 28. The event will take place in June at Rogers Arena. [2/28]

  • Logo: The event logo was revealed on Dec. 12 and features the city’s skyline silhouetted against the North Shore Mountains. [12/12]

2019 Global Series

  • Global Series Challenge: Switzerland and Germany will once again host pre-season exhibition games between local teams and NHL clubs.

    • Sep 29: The Chicago Blackhawks will face Eisbären Berlin at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Germany.

    • Sep 30: The Philadelphia Flyers will face Lausanne HC at Vaudoise Arena in Switzerland.

  • Global Series: The NHL will open the 2019-20 season with a game in the Czech Republic and two more in in Sweden in early November.

    • Oct 4: The Blackhawks and Flyers will play one game on Oct. 4 at O2 Arena in Prague.

    • Nov 8-9: The Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres will play games on back-to-back nights at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.

2019 Heritage Classic: Regina

  • Oct 26: The 2019 NHL Heritage Classic will take place at the neutral location of Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames. [1/1]

  • Logo: The event logo and team crests were officially unveiled on March 15. [3/15]

  • Uniforms: Teams generally wear throwback jerseys for this event and the jerseys pictured are what these teams currently have in use. Will they just wear those? It’s possible we could see reverse versions — the Jets in blue and the Flames in white.

2020 Winter Classic: Dallas

  • Jan 1: The 2020 NHL Winter Classic will feature the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. [1/25]

  • Logo: The event logo was released on March 20 and designed to mimic the look of a belt buckle with some “western flair.” [3/20]

  • Uniforms: Team usually wear a throwback jersey or a design with some historical context. As these are both relatively young teams — less than 30 years each in the NHL — it’s possible we’ll see something more “retro-inspired” as we did with the 2012 game between the Flyers and Rangers.

  • This will be the southernmost location for an outdoor game in NHL history.

2020 All-Star Weekend: ST. Louis

  • Jan 24-26: The 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. [1/1]

  • In 2017, the Blues announced a bid to host the NHL All-Star Game in 2020 or 2021 following the completion of renovations at the recently renamed Enterprise Center. They previously hosted twice in their old building in 1970 and 1988. [10/5/17]

2020 Stadium Series: Colorado

  • Feb. 15: The 2020 NHL Stadium Series will include at least one game in 2019-20 taking place at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Avalanche will host but their opponent has yet to be named. [1/1]

  • The NHL later announced the Avs’ opponent will be the Los Angeles Kings. [1/25]

  • This will be the second outdoor NHL game to take place in Colorado. The Avalanche previously hosted the Red Wings at Coors Field in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series.

  • It’s also the second Stadium Series game to take place at a U.S. military academy. In 2018, the Capitals hosted the Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

2020 NHL Draft

  • There’s been no official word yet on the host of the 2020 NHL Draft, but it was reported in 2017 that the Winnipeg Jets were making a bid for 2020 or 2021. [4/6/17]


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