Last week we caught wind that the New York Islanders might just be releasing a third jersey for the 2018-19 season. Emerging details indicate that the isles might be going back to a primary orange color.
It’s been more miss than hit for the New York Islanders when it comes to unveiling new jerseys. Whether third or primary. They just rarely seem to get it right.
From the Fisherman jersey in the 90’s to the wave a few years later tot he Brooklyn black jerseys they released to commemorate the move to Brooklyn in 2015. The Islanders rarely get it right.
(For the record: I like how the Brooklyn black jerseys look.)
So it’s with bated breath that we wait to see what the New York Islanders try with their latest third jersey experiment in 2018-19. According to rumors, you better like orange.
According to icethetics.co‘s JerseyWatch 2018, the Islanders 2018 third jersey will be primarily orange with secondary blue. Before you cringe and think the New York Islanders already did a primary orange sweater back in 2002. This won’t be entirely the same.
"NOTES: A confidential source has told me about some details to look for: orange sweater, blue shoulders, and the “NY” crest from the black jersey."
Later on the 29th Icethetics published a concept for the New York Islanders third jersey. According to them, it was something that was drawn up a year previously and “nearly nails it” for the new jersey design.
It looks good. I like the combination of orange and blue. The four stripes are almost obligatory for any New York Islanders jersey now. It’s a nice jersey. But some have quickly pointed to the fact that the crest in the middle is the ‘NY’ and not the standard Long Island crest.
Which would be an odd choice considering that the only reason the Islanders are creating a third jersey (we think) is thanks to splitting home games between the Coliseum and the Barclays Center. The third jersey would be essentially celebrating the return to Long Island.
So why omit the only part of the jersey that literally depicts Long Island?
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After the failed Brooklyn adventure the New York Islanders need a win. They need a jersey that the fans are going to adopt and adore. If the concept art is true to the rumor, I doubt fans take to it. It’s going to need John Alogna’s original design.