Meet the new Blues, which sorta look like the old Blues. St. Louis officially unveiled their new home and away jerseys, just hours after the design leaked on Twitter. The new jerseys look very similar to what they wore prior to the NHL adopting the Reebok Edge uniform system in 2007. The Blues join a string of teams that have gotten rid of the much maligned modern flashes that came with system: vertical piping, non-traditional shoulder yokes, and a lack of hem stripes.
The Blues say the uniforms return a more classic feel to the team, a welcome sight for a team that has not looked like it has been around since the late-60’s over the last few years.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) August 25, 2014
For those having difficulty spotting the differences on the new uniforms, Sportslogos.net provided the best comparison of the jerseys the Blues wore from 1996 until 2006, the Reebok Edge uniforms, and the new ones just unveiled tonight:
It should be noted that the Blues logo was not changed during the update, as well as the colors featured on the uniform (something that was rumored when it was first discovered the Blues would be changing their uniforms). While the Blues gained classic hem stripes, it is nice to see that Reebok did not include a lace up collar, which has seemingly become a part of every “classic inspired” jersey design these days. It is hard to believe that in the 1990’s, the New York Rangers were the only team to feature a lace up collar, something that had not been seen in the NHL for decades. Now nearly every team has at least one jersey that features one.
I usually reserve judgement until the jerseys are seen on the ice, as some look even better under the lights and on the white background of the ice. However, the reaction on Twitter and from Blues fans has been overwhelmingly positive:
It is nice to see the Blues looking like the Blues again. Now let’s just hope the Colorado Avalanche are paying attention.