I told you, I liked the Brooklyn Black jerseys. They were simple. They were fresh. And they looked like they had an edge to them.
The four white bands on the elbow and at the knees as well as the four orange stripes on the stick/’Y’ is a nice little nod to the four Stanley Cups in a row. There’s just nothing to dislike about this jersey, aesthetically that is.
There’s plenty of context around the jersey that still leaves a bad taste in most Islanders fans mouths. The most important aspect is what they are meant to celebrate; the Islanders new life in Brooklyn.
In 2015 the New York Islanders moved away from the only home they ever knew in the Coliseum in Nassau to Brooklyn. After failing to secure funds to redevelop the Coliseum as well as the ground surrounding it, majority owner Charles Wang found a modern facility to accommodate his team.
Fans didn’t like it, but they gave it a shot. Until everyone realized the move to Brooklyn was going to be a colossal failure. Before opening night.
Obstructed views. Poor sight lines. Poor ice. An off-center scoreboard. Some banners wouldn’t be hung up. Poor train service. And no visible sign that the Islanders actually played there. It all made for a convincingly underwhelming introduction to life in Brooklyn.
And the Brooklyn black jersey is the symbol of that failure. Unfortunately.