The NHL is bringing back third jerseys in the 2018-19 season! That should bring plenty of excitement to JerseyWatch 2018. We won't see them for all 31 teams this year, but 15 to 20 clubs are expected to add alternate uniforms.
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NHL Jersey Reveals
An overview of the new 2018-19 NHL jerseys officially announced so far.
11/26: Winnipeg Jets unveil Adizero edition of 2016 Heritage Classic to be worn twice during the 2018-19 season.
11/16: Los Angeles Kings unveil third jersey.
11/8: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks unveil 2019 NHL Winter Classic jerseys.
11/29: Boston Bruins will retire No. 16 jersey for Rick Middleton.
12/2: New York Rangers will retire No. 11 jersey (again) for Vic Hadfield.
2/1/19: Detroit Red Wings will retire No. 4 jersey for Red Kelly.
2/17/19: Anaheim Ducks will retire No. 27 jersey for Scott Niedermayer.
2/24/19: Arizona Coyotes will retire No. 19 jersey for Shane Doan.
Adidas has yet to release anything official regarding new third jerseys — probably to let the teams handle their own announcements. But on May 16, Reddit user "humanpizza" posted an image of what he says is "the official list from the catalog."
The page shows 19 NHL teams with blank jerseys labeled "confidential." Some of the details make me think the page is legitimate. You can judge for yourself. Beyond that, other sources have provided similar information to Icethetics.
As of Nov. 6, all teams noted in this document have either unveiled new jerseys or had them leak.
Third Jersey: Unveiled, July 21. Ducks introduced jersey at a beach party event for fans; new design features throwback-inspired elements and will be worn for 15 home games including opener. [7/21]
25th Anniversary: Logo unveiled in December; jersey patch first seen at the NHL Draft. [12/11]
Tribute Nights: The Ducks will wear all of their previous jerseys during warm-ups on select nights throughout their 25th anniversary season. [8/29]
Jersey Retirements: Ducks will retire two numbers in 2018-19 — No. 9 for Paul Kariya on Oct. 21 (vs. Sabres) and No. 27 for Scott Niedermayer on Feb. 17 (vs. Capitals). [7/9]
Third Jersey: Unveiled, June 22. Coyotes introduced the black 1996 throwback sweater just prior to the draft; team has worn it for a handful of games since 2014-15. [6/22]
Schedule: The Coyotes will wear the Kachina-style jersey for Saturday home games during the 2018-19 season, including the home opener on Oct. 6.
Jersey Retirement: Coyotes will retire No. 19 jersey for Shane Doan on Feb. 24 (vs. Jets). [8/1]
Third jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The Sabres will likely stay out of the jersey mix this year but 2019-20 marks their 50th anniversary season. For their 40th, they added a royal blue sweater. Just saying.
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 21. Flames wore a throwback third from 2009 to 2013 and resurrected it in 2016; it returns for 2018-19.
Third Jersey: Unveiled, June 22. Hurricanes introduced the black sweater prior to the draft; design features new rest and "storm grey" shoulders. [6/22]
Throwback Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 27. After Tom Dundon took over majority ownership of the team in January, he spoke to WRAL radio about doing more to embrace the franchise's past as the Hartford Whalers, namely by "playing games in that jersey." The Hurricanes announced on Sept. 27 that they will wear Whalers jerseys for 2 games in 2018-19 against Boston — Dec. 23 and March 5. [9/27]
Notes: For what it’s worth, 2019 marks 40 years since the Whalers originally joined the NHL after the WHA folded in 1979.
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 13. Avalanche debuted a navy blue third in 2015 with a crest inspired by the Colorado Rockies; the team confirmed will return in the Adizero cut for 2018-19. [9/13]
Columbus Blue Jackets
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 17. Blue Jackets debuted a navy blue third in 2010 with a cannon-centric crest; the team confirmed it will return in the Adizero cut 2018-19. [9/17]
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The last time the Stars had a regular third jersey in rotation was 2010-11. They launched a new logo and uniforms in 2013-14. No sources have indicated the possibility of a third for the Stars, but maybe the time has come.
Detroit Red Wings
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The Red Wings are one of a handful of teams that has never had a regular third jersey. That's not likely to change in 2018-19.
JERSEY RETIREMENT: Red Wings will retire No. 4 sweater for 1969 Hall of Fame inductee Red Kelly on Feb. 1 (vs. Maple Leafs). [10/11]
Throwback Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 4. Oilers will wear the retro blue sweater for four nights against former Smythe Division opponents. [9/4]
40th Anniversary: Along with the throwback reveal, the Oilers officially unveiled their 40th anniversary shoulder patch. Unlike the version seen on season ticket packaging, the patch includes Hall of Famer jersey numbers in the ribbon. [9/4]
2018 Global Series: Oilers will face New Jersey in Sweden to open 2018-19 season; historically, teams have not worn special jerseys for overseas games.
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
2018 Global Series: Panthers face Winnipeg in Finland on Nov. 1 and 2; Panthers wear red jerseys with commemorative patches for both games.
Notes: Panthers just redesigned their logos and uniforms in 2016-17. But a new third jersey could come as early as 2019-20.
25th Anniversary: Logo unveiled June 15; will be worn as jersey patch in 2018-19. [6/15]
Los Angeles Kings
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Nov. 16. Kings debuted a grey third jersey as part of their 50th anniversary; that uniform returns without the gold trim. [11/16]
Schedule: The Kings’ new alternate will be worn for 12 Saturday home games beginning Nov. 24 and a pair of road games in late December.
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The Wild used a green third jersey from 2009 to 2017. Now that they've returned to green full time, it's hard to imagine where they'd go with a third. I wouldn't expect anything new from Minnesota until at least 2019-20.
Third jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The Canadiens are one of a handful of teams that has never had a regular third jersey. That's not changing in 2018-19.
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: The Predators haven't had a third jersey in rotation since redesigning their logo and uniforms in 2011. While they may not have an alternate in 2018-19, we'll keep an eye on them in 2019-20.
New Jersey Devils
Throwback Jersey: Unveiled, Aug. 21. Devils have used a red throwback jersey once or twice a year since 2009-10; the white version will be worn four times as their "Heritage Jersey" in 2018-19. [8/21]
2018 Global Series: Devils face Edmonton in Sweden to open 2018-19 season; both teams wore commemorative patches on their jerseys.
New York Islanders
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Oct. 1. Islanders began using an “NY” logo for their 2014 Stadium Series jersey and debuted a black alternate in 2015-16; the new third jersey merges ideas from those sweaters.
New Script Mark: A new logo was seen on T-shirts given away by the team on Sept. 12. The logo was seen on the helmet in the leaked image of the alternate uniform but not on the real uniform. [9/12]
Tribute: In memory of owner Charles Wang, who died just after the start of the season, the Islanders are wearing CBW patches on all of their jerseys.
New York Rangers
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: Another Original Six team will probably go without a third jersey in 2018-19. But I wouldn't expect the Rangers to stay out of the mix long. Keep an eye on them for 2019-20.
Jersey Retirement: Rangers will retire No. 11 jersey (for a second time) to honor Vic Hadfield on Dec. 2 (vs. Jets). The team previously retired No. 11 for Mark Messier in 2006. The Rangers have also retired the No. 9 sweater twice — for Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate. [9/4]
Third Jersey: Confirmed. TSN reported the club’s Centennial Classic jersey would be worn for all Thursday home games in 2018-19; it was not used on opening night (a Thursday) but made it season debut on Nov. 1 and the TSN report was confirmed by the team; via Twitter. [11/1]
2019-20 Redesign: Sens COO Nicolas Ruszkowski told TSN the team is working on a “new permanent logo for the 2019-20 season.” [9/12]
Possible Preview: In July, an Ottawa radio personality tweeted a screenshot of some proposed Senators logos shown in a team survey of fans. The Sens replied to that tweet, seeming to confirm the images were part of their survey. For now, the designs doesn't mean much beyond indicating the team is still considering that redesign. [7/18]
Third Jersey: Unveiled, July 26. Flyers will bring back 2017 Stadium Series jersey as an alternate; Adidas version unveiled in July. [7/26]
Notes: In an Instagram post, the Flyers confirmed the third would be worn for "select games" during the 2018-19 season. [6/22]
2019 Stadium Series: Flyers will host Pittsburgh at Lincoln Financial Field in a rematch of the 2017 Stadium Series; Flyers confirmed new jersey for this game; via @Andrea_Helfrich, Twitter. [3/5]
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Oct. 9. Penguins continue taking third jersey inspiration from their outdoor games with this newest alternate; it’s not an exact match to the 2017 Stadium Series, but it borrows much of the design and the simplified crest. [10/9]
2019 Stadium Series: Penguins will face Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field in a rematch of the 2017 Stadium Series; new jersey is very likely.
San Jose Sharks
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 22. Sharks wore two black alternate jerseys from 2001 to 2017; a third version was unveiled for 2018-19. [9/22]
Leak: The Sharks third jersey leaked via a Utah sports retailer’s Instagram account on Sept. 12; the jersey is black with a darker version of the primary logo as the crest. [9/12]
2019 NHL All-Star: As the host, the Sharks are wearing a patch on their home and road jerseys throughout the 2018-19 season. The 2019 NHL All-Star logo was unveiled on Sept. 19.
St. Louis Blues
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Aug. 26. As expected, the Blues will wear a replica of their original sweater from 1967 — the same design they wore for the 2017 Winter Classic. [8/26]
ARENA: Scottrade Center renamed Enterprise Center on July 1 as part of a 15-year naming rights agreement with Enterprise. [5/21]
Tampa Bay Lightning
Third Jersey: Expected. Lightning debuted an alternate in 2008 with "BOLTS" emblazoned diagonally across the chest and in 2014 they made it black; likely to introduce all-new design this year — but the black should stay.
Leak: Icethetics obtained images of the team’s new alternate uniform that confirm the black is staying — and not much else. The jersey features a first of its kind (in the NHL) dot pattern that creates a gradient down the sleeves. Multiple sources also say the jersey is still a work in progress and that certain elements have yet to be finalized — meaning an official reveal is not expected soon. [11/6]
Toronto Maple Leafs
Third Jersey: Possible. Changing my tune here. A new report from a confidential source says the St. Pats jerseys could be returning as a third; this aligns with the leaked Adidas document. [6/22]
Notes: The Leafs wore the throwback uniform for a game during the 2016-17 season as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations. A lot of fans would probably love to see it return.
Leak: Icethetics obtained images that appear to confirm the return of the St. Pats jersey in the Adizero cut. Sources suggest this jersey would be worn only a few times during the season and not as frequently as a typical third jersey. [11/6]
ARENA: Air Canada Centre renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1 as part of a 20-year deal. [8/29/17]
50th ANNIVERSARY: 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]
THIRD JERSEY: Canucks will have a new third jersey in 2019-20 — in addition to the throwback sweater, meaning the team will wear four that year. [8/23]
JERSEY RETIREMENTS: As part of the club’s 50th anniversary, the Canucks will retire the jerseys of the Sedin twins, who retired after last season — No. 22 for Daniel and No. 33 for Henrik. Details will be announced at a later date. [10/11]
Vegas Golden Knights
Third Jersey: Unlikely.
Notes: As they embark on only their second season — after reaching the Stanley Cup Final, no less — the Golden Knights will stay out of the third jersey fray for the time being.
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 24. Capitals debuted white throwback jersey in 2011 and switched to red in 2015; it is returning in 2018-19. [9/24]
Third Jersey: Unveiled, Sept. 14. Jets make their first foray into third jersey territory with new Aviator third jersey. [9/14]
Heritage jersey: Unveiled, Nov. 26. Jets announce two dates when 2016 Heritage Classic jersey will be worn — Dec. 31 and Feb. 26. [11/26] It will be used at least once a season beginning going forward. [9/14]
New Wordmark: The new third jersey logo was seen on player helmets in practice photos. [9/4]
2018 Global Series: Jets will face Florida in Finland this November; historically, teams have not worn special jerseys for overseas games.
2018-19 NHL Events
2018 NHL Global Series
Oct 6: Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils met for one game to open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden. [3/6]
Nov 1-2: Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets met for two games in Helsinki, Finland.
Global Series Challenge: In early October, the Devils and Oilers each completed their training camps in Europe and played in preseason exhibition games against local teams in Bern, Switzerland (SC Bern) and Cologne, Germany (Kölner Haie), respectively.
2019 Winter Classic: Notre Dame
Jan 1: The 2019 NHL Winter Classic will take place at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. [11/18/17]
Logo: Event logo featuring a shamrock-centric design was unveiled July 10. [7/10]
Jerseys: Both teams unveiled jersey crests on Aug. 24; full uniforms haven't yet been released.
It will be the Blackhawks' fifth outdoor game appearance in six seasons and fourth Winter Classic since 2009. It will be the Bruins' third Winter Classic appearance since 2010.
2019 All-Star Game: San Jose
Logo Unveiling: The 2019 NHL All-Star logo, inspired heavily by Silicon Valley design styles, was unveiled in mid-September. [9/19]
The Skills Competition and All-Star Game events were initially scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In April, the NHL announced the change to Friday for the Skills Competition and Saturday for the All-Star Game. [4/9]
The 3-on-3 mini-tournament format features four divisional teams from the Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific so four new uniforms are expected for this event.
It will be San Jose's second time hosting NHL All-Star Weekend. They were first selected to host in 1995, but the game was canceled due to the lockout that season. They eventually hosted for the first time in 1997.
2019 Stadium Series: Philadelphia
Feb 23: The 2019 NHL Stadium Series will include one game taking place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Penn. The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of the 2017 Stadium Series. [11/19]
The event logo was released on July 23. [7/24]
Special uniforms will be worn by both teams. The Flyers officially confirmed theirs in March. Jerseys are likely to be revealed later in the season.
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New secondary logo: The Senators will replace their inaugural season shoulder patch (2017-18) with a new design, announced in May. [5/24]
25th anniversary: Logo unveiled July 11 with 2018-19 season schedule.
Transfer: Following back-to-back Kelly Cup championships in the ECHL, the Eagles transfer to the AHL in 2018-19 as its 31st franchise and top minor affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. [10/10/17]
This move allows one-to-one NHL/AHL affiliations. For more, see The NHL Affiliation Situation.
Jerseys: The Eagles unveiled the jerseys to be worn during their inaugural AHL season. [9/12]
20th Anniversary: Logo unveiled August 10; the IceHogs include their eight seasons in the United Hockey League beginning in 1999. The current AHL iteration of the franchise relocated from Cincinnati in 2007 and assumed the IceHogs name. [8/10]
San Jose Barracuda
New Logo: The Barracuda unveiled a new primary logo and jerseys at the San Jose Sharks Prospects Scrimmage on July 6. [7/8]
The original logo was introduced in 2015 and integrated corporate sponsor Barracuda Networks. The new design has no references to the tech company, indicating the partnership likely lapsed.
2019 AHL All-Star: Springfield will host the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 27 and the AHL All-Star Challenge on Jan. 28; the event logo was unveiled in June. [6/28]
25th Anniversary: Logo unveiled July 3; secondary version excludes ribbon element. [7/3]
20th Anniversary: Team began using logo for online marketing in June.
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10th Anniversary: In May, the Americans unveiled their 10th anniversary logo, to be used throughout the 2018-19 season. [5/19]
New logos: The Gladiators have revised their primary logo (new font) and added a new ligature mark for the 2018-19 season. [5/22]
45th Anniversary: In May, the Wings began using a special logo to commemorate 45 years in existence across three leagues. [5/17]
History: The original Kalamazoo Wings were founded as part of the International Hockey League in 1974. The name was changed to the Michigan K-Wings in 1995, but the franchise folded in 2000. That summer, the Madison Kodiaks of the United Hockey League relocated to Kalamazoo and adopted the Wings name. The team then transferred to the ECHL in 2009.
Expansion: The ECHL expansion franchise unveiled its name and logos in November; jerseys revealed on June 27. [11/30/17]
The Mariners announced an NHL affiliation agreement with the New York Rangers on April 9.
Quad City Mallards
Folded: The Mallards announced that the franchise would cease operations following the 2017-18 season; the market will be served by an SPHL expansion team in 2018-19. [3/13]
10th Anniversary: Walleye commemorate 10 seasons since rebrand with special logo. [8/22]
2019 ECHL All-Star: Toledo will host the ECHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 21. Uniforms unveiled July 2; full branding story on Icethetics blog. [7/29]
Format: The format is similar to the NHL and AHL in terms of a 3-on-3 mini-tournament of four teams. New this year, the host team will comprise two teams; the East and West All-Stars will make up the other two teams. [1/16]
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Quad City Storm
Expansion: Taking over the market vacated by the ECHL's Quad City Mallards, the Storm will begin play in 2018-19; logo unveiled June 21. [6/22]
Logo change: Following the initial logo reveal in June, the Storm introduced a redesign 27 days later, on July 18, swapping out the anthropomorphic tornado element from the original. [7/18]
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