Edmonton Oilers to use orange sweaters in playoffs, 2017-18 season

As Gene Principe reports, the Edmonton Oilers finally end their playoff drought, and reward all the loyal fans who have stuck with their team through the decade of playoff darkness.

The Edmonton Oilers will be wearing their orange sweaters throughout their home playoff games and will be using them as their mains going forward starting next season.

Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and vice chairman Bob Nicholson told the Edmonton Journal‘s Terry Jones of the team’s plans for its first post-season appearance in 11 years.

“We will go orange for the playoffs with the jerseys,” said Nicholson. “There will be a piece going out to all our season ticket holders from (team owner) Daryl Katz to encourage people to wear orange. We will also have orange pom poms available.”

The Oilers unveiled their orange alternates when they drafted Connor McDavid first overall in 2015. The franchise had orange as its main colour in the first few years of its existence in the old World Hockey Association.

Blue has been the team’s primary colour for its entire time in the NHL, though the shade has varied. With Adidas taking over the manufacturing of jerseys in 2017-18, no team will have a third jersey next season.

Thus the decision to drop the blue sweaters.

“I want to touch and respect the past, but we’re in a new building. We’re in a new era. We have a new leader in Connor McDavid. We have a team that is building their identity for today,” said Nicholson. “It’s great to talk about playoff memories from the past and 2006, but this is a new era.”