The default direction most of the special outdoor game uniforms take is a throwback one — vintage-looking sweaters attempting to evoke sepia-toned memories of a simpler time, when the game was played outdoors and helmets were either (a) made of leather or (b) nonexistent.
The New York Islanders, instead, have given their Stadium Series sweaters a “more futuristic” feel, as one player puts it. A simple NY logo splashes across the chest — appropriate for Yankee Stadium, no? — and the four stripes on the hockey stick represent the franchise’s four Stanley Cups.
“It’s sharp,” captain John Tavares said in a release. “It’s going more for the modern look, which I think is a great idea, especially with so many teams going back to the retro. We’re going to look good when we go out there.”
Although the chrome treatment of the logo could be seen as signifying icy outdoor environs, or even the colour of hockey's holy grail, we think it might be a not-so-subtle nod to the Silver Bullet.
When the Isles face-off against the New York Rangers on Jan. 29, it will be of the Coors Light Stadium Series, remember. So when Tavares' logo turns blue, you know he's cold enough to deke out Henrik Lundqvist.
It's no coincidence the new Reebok-designed sweaters will go on sale just in time for Black Friday, America's spendiest shopping day of the year.