#8: White Jerseys Become Away Jerseys
In 2003, the NHL mandated that every team must wear their white jerseys while playing on the road and wear their dark jerseys while playing at home.
For the Islanders, this meant that their white home jerseys – that resembled the likes of their white home jerseys from 1978 to 1984 – would now become their away jerseys.
These jerseys had orange tips to the jersey, at the bottom and at the sleeves. The elbows had a navy blue stripe and there was a navy blue stripe on top of the bottom orange stripe with a white space in between the two stripes.
Overall, I like the decision by the NHL to make the white jerseys the away jerseys. That’s why the white jersey comes in at number eight – one before the navy blue jersey.
#7: The Original
The original Islanders away jersey wasn’t anything special.
The jersey was royal blue with a white sleeve tip and white bottom edge. On top of the white edges were orange stripes with a royal blue space in between.
These jerseys resemble the home jerseys of today, except they didn’t have names and they had contrasting orange numbers with no outline.
I think it’s the fact that the jerseys don’t have names and that hard to see orange numbers on top of the royal blue that get to me and that’s why these jerseys come in at number seven.