With the change to Addidas as the NHL’s official jersey supplier, third jerseys like the New York Islanders Brooklyn blacks were eliminated. It seems that some form of a third jersey might be back.
I’m one of the few New York Islanders fans that actually like the Brooklyn black third jersey that was introduced in 2015. Something an all black jersey just appeals to me.
But I get why most fans didn’t like it. Already the move to Brooklyn was tough enough The Islanders were leaving their traditional home on Long Island to move closer to Ranger territory in search of a modern new home. Every time the Islanders wore the Brooklyn blacks we were reminded that they aren’t home anymore.
When Addidas took over the NHL jerseys manufacturing all third jersey’s were dumped. But after a year, it looks like some third jerseys might be back and that includes the Isles.
They’re Baaaaack, Maybe.
According to a user on Reddit, alternate jerseys might just be back for the 2018-19 season. Just a year after Addidas began officially providing jerseys to the NHL. And according to this rumor, the Isles are one of 19 teams to have a third set.
Again. It’s just a rumor and it hasn’t been substantiated by anyone outside of the r/hockeyjerseys subreddit. But it’s still something to consider, assuming it comes to be.
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A third jersey this in 2018-19 sort of makes sense when you think about the situation the Islanders are going to be in. Having two home arena’s is just the type of justification a team needs to create more memorabilia.
They do it every year for outdoor games, why not when the Isles spend a portion of their season splitting home games?
So what could those third jerseys be? They can’t be the Brooklyn black jersey. Celebrating the move to Brooklyn would be the most tone-deaf move we’ve ever seen. There’s no way they bring back the Fisherman logo. I know it’s having an ironic resurgence recently, but there’s no way the New York Islanders are willing to go down the ironic road. Not officially.
What if they made a nod to the Islanders golden age jerseys? Teams currently wear darks at home and lights on the road. During the 1978-1984 seasons, the New York Islanders dark jerseys feature the dark blue that went right to the cuff. And not the white that we have today.
It wouldn’t be a drastic change from what we have and would be a nice homage to the few successful seasons this franchise has ever had. Of course, that assuming this rumor is true.