Today, the Islanders unveiled their jersey for their January 29th Stadium Series tilt against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. John Tavares modeled the Isles new threads, and he liked them a lot. “I think they are really sharp”, Tavares said.
Matt Martin also was excited about his new duds. He “can’t wait to get his hands on it.”, and called the jersey futuristic.
Although we see the classic NY with a hockey stick as part of the logo, the Long Island part of the logo has been removed.The logo has that shiny, chrome look to it, as do all logos for all teams participating in the stadium series. The players, as well as GM Garth Snow had some input on the jersey design. At this point, we are unsure of what the Rangers jersey will look like. But, ironically this particular jersey looks a lot like the Rangers white jersey with the Statue of Liberty on it.
Throughout all the tinkering the team has done to the jerseys in the past 15 plus years, this may be the best incarnation yet. We have had the Fisherman, the old logo with the new colors, the orange third jersey, the Reebok jerseys and then the black third jersey. That is without mentioning the many incarnations of the original Islanders blue and orange. From a fan’s standpoint no one was really ever in love with any of them. By those standards this is a home run.
The team is very excited about being a part of the Stadium Series, and playing the Rangers in one of baseball’s most famous cathedrals. John Tavares is definitely pumped, and he even threw a little bit of a jab in the direction of the Isles longtime rivals. “Obviously playing the Rangers in that game, there’s a lot of fight over who¹s New York¹s team and whatnot, and I think that’s still who we are.”
Matt Martin is also pretty excited about the game, which takes place in almost exactly two months. He said “I did a promo at Yankee Stadium for this game and I was standing on the mound and kind of looking around and getting a little bit of the chills and realizing how amazing this is going to be. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and not a lot of people get to be a part of it. To play the Rangers, our biggest rival? It’s going to be crazy.”
There is plenty of work to be done between then and now however, and let’s just hope the November struggles of the Isles are long behind them, and the craziness is taken to a whole new level with two very competitive, playoff bound teams. Well, at least the one from Long Island.