The First Black Jerseys
Before introducing the Brooklyn black jerseys the New York Islanders dipped their toes in having the shade as a primary color. In 2011 the Islanders wore their first black third jersey. And it was truly awful.
According to the Islanders Director of Retail Operations at the time, Terry Goldstein, the new third jersey was supposed to be “fun”:
"“We view this (Third Jersey) as just a fun, alternative jersey,” Goldstein said. “With our white and our blue jerseys we look back at our history, and with the black jerseys, we’re looking forward.”"
It wasn’t fun. It was awful. Just look at it. Black and grey with some blue and orange accents. And the lettering. The lettering is probably the worst part of the entire get up. Looking at it all I can think is: “I’m no designer, but I know I could have designed that with paint”.
This was supposed to be the fun step forward from a franchise screaming for attention, and this is what they put out there. I’m surprised it lasted three years.
Again according to Goldstein, the players and the organization believed this was the best design. Let’s get one thing clear, don’t ask players about designing things, unless you’ve got a player that’s an avid fashion critic, just don’t do it.
The players don’t actually care about that kind of stuff. Maybe one or two, but certainly not the majority. They just want to play. The Islanders missed the mark completely with these third jersey’s and it shows. Thank whatever diety that these aren’t around anymore. Cause they’re ugly.