Islanders: 5 Concepts For A New Alternate Jersey
By Matt O'Leary
Trying to redesign the New York Islanders alternate jerseys with five options to choose from. Take a look at these options.
Very rarely have the New York Islanders had an alternate jersey that I’ve enjoyed. Their first take on an alternate was the orange jerseys from the mid-2000s which I happen to like, but more for nostalgic reasons than the actual design.
They then advanced to what they wear now as an alternate. The “throwbacks” made their way back in 2008 and let’s be honest, they were much better than what the Isles were wearing during those years as their regular jerseys.
In 2011, the Isles experimented with black alternates. I don’t hate the idea of black uni’s if done right but these were an absolute trainwreck. By far the worst ones that we’ve seen so far with the black, grey, blue, and orange it was just too much going on.
In 2013, the stadium series uni’s dropped and they used them for the remainder of that year and 2014-2015 as an alternate. They were okay, but the “reimagined” version that they have now is slightly better, yet still not something that I love when they wear them.
The last one we have yet to mention is the Brooklyn Black’s. It was too simple, just black and white. Yuck.
I wanted to take a swing on designing my own, so this is what I came up with:
1 Orange Alternates
Only once have the Islanders used their secondary color, orange, as the main color of a jersey. I wanted to try it again with a couple of adjustments. It’s not the darker orange and blue that they used the first time around and there’s a tad more white added in to accent the blues.
To avoid having to be too orange, I left the shoulders blue to help keep a differentiation.
2. Modern Fisherman
Essentially, I tried to modernize the Fisherman jersey. Some people like the logo, others hate it but I figured why not give it a go with a few tweaks. I didn’t use the waves at the bottom, as I wanted to keep it a little more straight-lined to match with the sleeves.
Notice the accent of teal around the NHL logo to match with the bottom of the sleeves and torso.
3. Long Island Hockey
I was kind of drawing inspiration from the NBA’s city jerseys. It’s a little more simplistic, but I added “NYI” in white on the shoulders with orange and white striping on the bottom going horizontal with the white band a little thicker than the orange.
Nothing screams “Islanders” more than Long Island, so why not put LI on a jersey?
4. Islanders Script
So, I’m a big fan of scripted font. Like the Winnipeg Jets thirds that they use now are fantastic and that’s kind of what I wanted to go for on this one. I wanted to make it almost look like a jacket with the stripes low on the sleeves and on the bottoms.
The four white stripes represent the Islanders four Stanley Cups. I understand that this one isn’t for everybody, and it might not be my favorite of the bunch but I was going for a more simplistic design and I think this jersey definitely has some old-time vibes.
5. Black Jerseys Done Right
Yes, the Islanders can have black jerseys they just have to do it right. I used white, blue, and orange stripes on the bottom, the Islanders three main colors, to accent the black while having the NY and the C trimmed with both orange and blue (if you zoom in and look close that’s a finite detail).
Vote below: Which jersey is your favorite?