With the reverse retro jersey set to drop soon, I came up with three concepts for the New York Islanders navy blue sweaters.
Jersey debates have to be some of the more polarizing topics in sports. Especially when it comes to the New York Islanders. Most, if not all, Isles fans love the blue home and white road jersey but the alternates are always up for debate.
There have been some horrendously bad ones, like the Barclays Black’s or the hideous 2010s black, orange, and grey ones. Then there’s some decent ones, like the current ones or the stadium series ones, but fans always want more.
Well, fans are getting their wish this year with the reverse retro jerseys. The NHL is adding a fourth jersey to every team’s rotation. This week, we found out the Isles were getting a navy blue one so I took my design skills to come up with three concepts.
Basic Navy Blue
Essentially, we took the same design to the current home jerseys just with Navy blue. The crest was also updated to navy blue from the royal blue to match the coloring. The one tweak I made was with the numbers.
I added orange numbers, like what the Isles wore in the early ’70s, instead of the white with an orange outline that we see today. This is probably the most realistic option, it’s fairly conservative and safe which makes me believe it would be right up the Isles alley.
A modern take on the infamous 90s jersey. No more waves, instead we have solid lines going across the base to match the sleeves. I also added the lighthouse crest onto the shoulders like the original fisherman had.
I doubt the Isles are ready to bring this bad boy back. I would love it, but too much of the fanbase can’t stand the sight of that logo.
This is super unrealistic but I wanted to get creative here. It takes the shoulder crest from the fisherman and uses it as the main logo. On the shoulders, which is white like the bottom of the sleeves, you have the wave from the fisherman logo also.
I’d like to see the lighthouse used more, and it feels like a happy medium between those who want the fisherman and those who can’t stand it.
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If I had to guess, I’d assume that it would be something very similar to the first one, or like the early 2000s navy jerseys, we saw the Isles wear. It’s plain, but I don’t expect the Isles to do anything too flashy anyway.