The NHL is switching jersey manufacturers from Reebok to Adidas, its parent company. This is not simply a change in brand names, however. The Reebok Edge uniforms used for the past decade have been retired in favor of the new Adidas Adizero uniforms. All 31 NHL franchises will be outfitted with new sweaters for the 2017-18 season and beyond.

Some teams will see minor tweaks and adjustments to conform to a new jersey style while others could see more significant changes. Bookmark this page for the latest news and reports from around the league.

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Latest Updates

  • 6/21: To see everything that was unveiled last night, check out this blog post. In the coming days I'll update the JerseyWatch page to display all of the new designs.
  • 6/20: NHL and Adidas unveil all 31 new home uniforms; 18 teams unveil white road jerseys too.
  • 6/16: Carolina Hurricanes unveil 20th anniversary logo.

Upcoming Dates

  • 6/24: Lightning, Hurricanes to reveal white road jerseys at respective draft parties; Lightning will also unveil 25th anniversary logo to be used during 2017-18 season.

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On June 14, Adidas revealed details of the jersey construction. It appears to feature a number of elements from the Adidas-made World Cup of Hockey sweaters used last fall with some elements of recent Reebok Edge redesigns.

2017 NHL Awards

  • All of the 62 Adidas-made NHL home/road uniforms will be revealed on June 20, the day before the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, according to Adidas. [6/12]
  • When Reebok first took over NHL uniforms in 2007, teams held individual unveilings throughout the summer.
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2017 NHL Draft

  • Jun 23-24: Teams will be handing out newly unveiled jerseys to their draft selections in Chicago.
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Find team-by-team NHL reports below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for minor league news.

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]

Buffalo Sabres

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • Rumored to be switching from navy blue to royal blue; via WEDG radio. [5/26]
  • Royal blue rumor apparently dispelled with release of teaser image. [6/12]
  • 2018 NHL Winter Classic: Sabres vs. Rangers at Citi Field on Jan. 1. Throwback uniform likely. [5/10]

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Hurricanes unveil 20th anniversary logo; to be used as helmet decal. [6/16]
  • Despite reports that owner Peter Karmanos wants to sell the team, the NHL says "the franchise is not moving." [1/28]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • Blue Jackets home jersey image leaked via Twitter. [6/20]

Detroit Red Wings

No news yet.

Florida Panthers

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]

Montreal Canadiens

  • NHL100 Classic: Canadiens vs. Senators at Lansdowne Park on Dec. 16. Throwback uniform likely. [3/17]

New Jersey Devils

  • Conflicting reports
  • No significant changes to logo or uniforms; via The Record. [1/16]
  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]

New York Islanders

No news yet.

New York Rangers

  • 2018 NHL Winter Classic: Rangers vs. Sabres at Citi Field on Jan. 1. Throwback uniform likely. [5/10]

Ottawa Senators

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • 2017 NHL Global Series: Senators vs. Avalanche in Stockholm, Nov. 10-11. [3/24]
  • NHL100 Classic: Senators vs. Canadiens at Lansdowne Park on Dec. 16. Throwback uniform likely. [3/17]
  • Team president interested in changing logo to establish "iconic" look; very unlikely to happen in 2017. [3/5]

Philadelphia Flyers

No news yet.

Pittsburgh Penguins

No news yet.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Lightning expected to mark 25th anniversary with special logo and jersey patch; throwback uniform possible.
  • 2018 NHL All-Star: Tampa hosts Jan. 27-28; uniform patch likely. [5/29]

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • 2018 NHL Stadium Series: Maple Leafs vs. Capitals in Annapolis on Mar. 3. Special uniform possible. [5/29]

Washington Capitals

  • 2018 NHL Stadium Series: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs in Annapolis on Mar. 3. Special uniform possible. [5/29]

Western Conference

Anaheim Ducks

  • Ducks GM Bob Murray: "We’re going to go to a new jersey the year after next." New primary jerseys to be orange; via Edmonton Journal. [4/25]

Arizona Coyotes

No news yet.

Calgary Flames

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]

Chicago Blackhawks

No news yet.

Colorado Avalanche

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • 2017 NHL Global Series: Avalanche vs. Senators in Stockholm, Nov. 10-11. [3/24]

Dallas Stars

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • Stars unveiled 25th anniversary logo in February; jersey patch expected. [2/11]

Edmonton Oilers

  • Icethetics releases purported leaked photos of orange home uniform. [6/16]
  • Oilers will switch to orange home uniforms beginning in 2017-18. [3/29]
  • Orange home jersey confirmed by Adidas teaser image. [6/12]
  • Rumored to be switching from royal blue to navy blue on primary uniforms.

Los Angeles Kings

No news yet.

Minnesota Wild

  • Reported to switch to green home uniforms; via Michael Russo, Star-Tribune. [3/31]
  • Green uniforms confirmed along with chest stripe by Adidas teaser image. [6/12]
  • Adidas teaser revealed new shoulder patch, based on "M" from third jersey script. [6/19]

Nashville Predators

  • Reported to get redesigned uniforms; via SportsLogos.net. [5/25]
  • Predators could mark 20th anniversary with special logo and jersey patch.
  • Predators leak home jersey via video on their own website. [6/20]

San Jose Sharks

  • Adidas teaser revealed new shoulder patch, secondary logo introduced in 2016. [6/19]

St. Louis Blues

  • Blues will share AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves with Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18. [5/16]
  • Blues home jersey leaked via Twitter. [6/20]

Vancouver Canucks

No news yet.

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Golden Knights officially revealed name and logo in November. [11/22/16]
  • Home jersey will be grey, according to Adidas teaser image. [6/12]
  • Inaugural season jersey patch possible.
  • Golden Knights enter AHL affiliation agreement with Chicago Wolves; will share team with St. Louis Blues. [5/16]
  • Golden Knights enter ECHL affiliation agreement with Quad City Mallards. [6/1]

Winnipeg Jets

No news yet.


2017-18 League Events

NHL Centennial

  • 2017: The NHL will continue to celebrate its 100th anniversary over the course of the 2017 calendar year. Players will continue to wear the commemorative jersey patch through Dec. 31, 2017.

2017 NHL Global Series: Sweden

  • Nov. 10-11: For the first time since 2011, two regular season NHL games will be played outside of North America. The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will meet at Ericsson Globe Arena in a Stockholm, Sweden. [3/24]
  • The clubs were selected for their prominent Swedish players including captains Gabriel Landeskog and Erik Karlsson.

NHL100 Classic

  • Dec. 16: The NHL Centennial celebration will culminate with the NHL100 Classic, an outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.
  • The event marks 100 years since first NHL games were played.

2018 NHL Winter Classic: New York

  • Jan. 1: The 2018 NHL Winter Classic will take place in New York at Citi Field, home of the MLB's Mets. The Buffalo Sabres, who hosted the first Winter Classic in 2008, will also host this game against the New York Rangers. [5/10]
  • This event will mark the 10th anniversary of the Winter Classic. It's been played on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 every year except 2013 when it was canceled due to the lockout.
  • It will be the Rangers' second time in the Winter Classic. They previously played the Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in 2012. The Rangers also played outdoors was during the 2014 NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium against the Islanders and Devils.
  • The Rangers are designated the "road" team despite the fact that Buffalo is almost 400 miles away. According to the New York Times, Madison Square Garden is exempt from paying property taxes so long as the Rangers and Knicks play all of their home games there. The exemption, worth $17 million in 2014, would be forfeited if the Rangers are designated the "home" team at Citi Field. [Read More]

2018 NHL All-Star Game: Tampa

  • Jan. 27-28: The 2018 NHL All-Star Game will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. [5/29]
  • The 3-on-3 mini-tournament format features four divisional teams from the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific. This means four new uniforms are likely for this event.
  • If the NHL changes course and agrees to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, there will be no NHL All-Star Game during the 2017-18 season. (Presumably, Tampa would then host in 2019.)
  • According to commissioner Gary Bettman, an All-Star Game will be held in 2018 if the NHL does not participate in the Olympics. He has not said what city will host but that Las Vegas would do so "in the near future." [1/28]

2018 NHL Stadium Series: Annapolis

  • Mar. 3: The 2018 NHL Stadium Series will include at least one game taking place in Annapolis, Maryland on the U.S. Naval Academy campus. The Washington Capitals will host the Toronto Maple Leafs for this outdoor game. [5/29]
  • Special uniforms are possible but not necessarily a given with the league's switch to the new Adidas uniforms league wide.

Third Jerseys

  • No teams will wear third jerseys for the duration of the 2017-18 season, sticking to primary home and road uniforms only; reported by Star Tribune. [1/9]
  • Third jerseys were also abandoned in 2007-08, the first season of Reebok's contract.
  • Even though Reebok is owned by Adidas, the transition to a new uniform system means ramping up an entirely new production line. It makes sense for the company to temporarily hold off on manufacturing extra uniforms.
  • With 31 teams now in the NHL, at least 62 different jerseys will be produced by Adidas in 2017-18 — likely more when one-off event jerseys are considered.
  • During the 2016-17 season, 17 of 30 teams wore third jerseys.
  • Third jerseys will likely return for the 2018-19 season. In fact...

Non-Primary NHL Jerseys

With a handful of special event games on the NHL schedule in 2017-18, it is likely we'll see some one-off jerseys that would not be categorized as thirds.

  • 2017 NHL Global Series: Special uniforms are not likely here. In past overseas games, teams have worn their standard home and road jerseys.
  • NHL100 Classic: Given the unique nature of this game as a tribute to the NHL's past, throwback jerseys are a good possibility for both teams.
  • 2018 NHL Winter Classic: This event always features throwback jerseys for both teams.
  • 2018 NHL Stadium Series: This event typically features futuristic jerseys for both teams.

Advertising on NHL uniforms

  • According to commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL is not interested in placing ads on jerseys.
  • "It would take an unusual circumstance, which I would define as a lot of money that I'm having trouble comprehending right now, for us to even think about it," Commissioner Bettman said. "We think what we have is special. We talk about history and tradition and how special hockey jerseys are. We're not looking to put advertising on our sweaters." [1/28]

Minor Leagues

For the first time JerseyWatch is tracking changes coming to the AHL and ECHL.

  • Both leagues are expected to continue utilizing Reebok Edge uniforms with CCM branding in 2017-18. In fact, the AHL will do so through at least the 2020-21 season, after 2016 contract renewal. [2/1/16]

AHL

Belleville Senators

  • Binghamton Senators relocate to Belleville, Ontario; Belleville Senators name and logo unveiled Sept. 26, 2016. [9/27/16]

Chicago Wolves

  • Wolves enter NHL affiliation agreement with Vegas Golden Knights; will serve St. Louis Blues as well through 2017-18. [5/16]

Binghamton Devils

  • Albany Devils relocate to Binghamton, New York; Binghamton Devils name announced on Jan. 31. [2/1]

Laval Rocket

  • St. John's IceCaps relocate to Laval, Quebec; full franchise name changed to Club de hockey Rocket de Laval, or Laval Rocket for short, on Sept. 8, 2016.  [9/27/16]
  • New logo unveiled on Jan. 31. [2/1]

Expansion Franchise?

  • The AHL will not add a 31st franchise to even with NHL expansion in 2017-18.

ECHL

Alaska Aces

  • Aces will cease operations in 2017. [2/23]

Elmira Jackals

  • Jackals will cease operations in 2017. [3/10]

Jacksonville IceMen

  • Evansville IceMen relocate to Jacksonville, Florida; name and logo announced. [2/8]

Kansas City Mavericks

  • Missouri Mavericks renamed Kansas City Mavericks after 2016-17 season. [3/11]
  • GM has denied rumors franchise could move to AHL or Sprint Center. [3/12]

Norfolk Admirals

  • Admirals unveil new logo; redesigned uniforms coming in July. [6/1]

S. Carolina Stingrays

  • Stingrays to mark 25th anniversary with logo and jersey designed through contest hosted by Icethetics. [10/24/16]

Worcester Railers HC

  • Expansion franchise awarded in Feb. 2016 to begin play in 2017-18 season.
  • Name logo announced in April 2016. [4/3/16]

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