Rob Rossi threw in a nice surprise for hockey uniform fans at the end of his Pittsburgh Tribune column this afternoon. He also likely caused a certain hip-hop anthem to get stuck in several reader’s heads. According to Rossi, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be bringing back their original shade of gold (yellow) in an alternate jersey next season.
The Penguins expect to introduce an alternate jersey to be worn for select games next season. One confirmable detail about the third jersey is the return of Pittsburgh Gold to the team’s uniforms for the first time since 2001-02 season. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said he has ordered yellow leg pads and gloves to be worn when the Penguins’ don the alternate jerseys.
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The Penguins ditched yellow as one of their primary colors and have since worn a shade of gold known as “Vegas Gold”. While never a popular choice with sports logo enthusiasts, the Penguins became one of the NHL’s premier teams in their new colors, and it has become synonymous with the Sidney Crosby era. Those in Pittsburgh lamented that the Penguins colors no longer matched those of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Penguins went without an alternate jersey for the 2013-14 season, a rarity for the team that has capitalized on the third jersey trend over the last few seasons. Their baby blue Winter Classic throwback was a hit, and was responsible for several “copy cat” light blue / dark blue third jerseys. The Penguins replaced those jerseys in 2011 with their next Winter Classic jersey, one which was inspired by their original 1967 uniforms. While the blue alternates were a hit with fans, many hoped the Penguins would return to the black and yellow that the team won back to back cups in back in 1990 and 1991.
While we know the colors, we do not know if this will be a straight up throwback to the 80′s Penguins jerseys with the current skating Penguins logo, or has enough time passed for the 90′s “Robo-Penguin” logo to make a return?
The offseason is always an exciting time for NHL uniform fans, and most will be happy to see the Penguins back in their proper shade of yellow for a handful of games next season.