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New York Islanders: The Fisherman Jersey Debate

24 Nov 1995: Rightwinger Zigmund Palffy of the New York Islanders moves the puck during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
24 Nov 1995: Rightwinger Zigmund Palffy of the New York Islanders moves the puck during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
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A great debate was started on Twitter yesterday. Should the New York Islanders bring back the fisherman jersey?

One of the more lightning rod New York Islanders topics has nothing to do with anyone on the ice. It actually is all over an alternate jersey from over 20 years ago, the fisherman jersey.

There’s no middle ground with this one, you either love or hate the jersey and the debate captivated twitter yesterday thanks to an NHL on NBC Tweet. It feels like it’s right down the middle in terms of people who like it and people who hate it.

For context, the people who can’t stand the thought of the jersey usually tend to dislike it because of what that time period represented for the franchise. They were a terribly run organization in the late 1990s and this jersey is the biggest symbol of that era.

While those who like it are into it because of the retro or vintage look to the jersey. Trying to replicate looks from the 90s is a very in thing right now, and this screams the 90s decade.

While I too have a dislike for how things were done during that era, the sweaters are pretty cool looking. I’m not saying that the Islanders should wear these and ditch the traditional blue’s at home.

But as an alternate, the team would make a ton of money if they just accepted the fisherman logo and even modernized the look. Since they just got a new third jersey they likely won’t do it but hopefully, down the line, the team comes to their senses and rebrands the alternates with that the logo.

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